Dr Rupert Suckling, Director of Public Health in Doncaster provides an update on the Coronavirus situation locally.
I wanted to update you on what's been a very busy week in trying to manage the number cases of Coronavirus.
As you'll have seen in the news, the rate of infection is rising rapidly across the country and even here in Doncaster we're now seeing rates of nearly 200 infections per 100,000 people. This is an increase of over 60% on last week.
Earlier in the week we were placed in the high or Tier 2 category in the government's new COVID alert system. This means our infection rates are at a level where we need further restrictions including not meeting with one another indoors, the 'Rule of 6' outdoors and minimising and reducing non-essential travel.
We've been placed in this tier based upon our infection rates and not for any other reason so it's important that we all still follow the guidance and follow the basics. We need to keep washing our hands, wearing face coverings where required to do so and keeping a 2m physical distancing. If we do all of this we can bring our infection rate down.
It is clear however that the virus is spreading within our communities touching all age groups and is growing also in the over 65 age group, so we all have a responsibility to stop the spread.
We're seeing more people being admitted to hospital, there are now over 80 people in Doncaster Royal Infirmary at the moment with Coronavirus - several of those need intensive treatment including unfortunately ventilators.
If we do not stop the spread then harsher restrictions might come from government which will limit our lives even further and this could be sooner rather than later.
This is a significant point in time now to the borough, and we do need to bring infection rate down. We've all got a responsibility to behave appropriately, follow the guidance and if we have symptoms to self-isolate and organise to get tested.
Thank you and please let's do it for Doncaster.
- Category: Health & wellbeing