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Leader's appeal for continued Covid vigilance

23 October 2020

Norfolk “cannot afford to be complacent” about coronavirus, despite its “remarkable response” so far, the county council’s leader has warned.

Councillor Andrew Proctor spoke out in a report on Norfolk County Council’s work with partners to tackle the next phase of the pandemic and support the economy.

Cllr Proctor said: “The response to the Covid-19 crisis across Norfolk continues to be remarkable, with Norfolk’s communities, businesses and public services working closely together. Although infection rates in Norfolk have been rising, thankfully they are lower than elsewhere in the country.

“At the time of writing this report, we know that Norfolk is in the lowest (medium) tier for Covid restrictions. But this can change rapidly and it clearly shows that we cannot afford to be complacent as there is still much to do and we all need to continue to play our part to keep Norfolk safe.”

Priorities for the council and its partners include:

  • Managing local outbreaks, working with multiple agencies
  • Providing community support during outbreaks, working with district councils and voluntary groups
  • Revitalising the economy and supporting businesses, with £6.75 million allocated from the Norfolk Strategic Fund and half the Local Enterprise Partnership’s £32 million for infrastructure allocated to Norfolk
  • Ensuring services are prepared for the winter period and any further Covid peaks – including support for vulnerable children and adults, safe discharge from hospitals, supporting pupils and schools and keeping roads and transport services operating

Cabinet will discuss the report at its online meeting at 10am on Monday 2 November. You can read the reports and view the meeting live, or as a recording afterwards.

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