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Public urged to keep going after first week of new national restrictions

12 November 2020

The seven-day incidence for Norfolk (for the period to November 6) has increased slightly to 100 per 100,000, up from 92 last week. Norwich and Breckland have both seen rates drop, while every other area of the county has seen an increase. The districts with the biggest rates are Great Yarmouth (165) and King’s Lynn (134).

Hospital admissions have also continued to rise, with 127 patients in hospitals in Norfolk and Waveney this week, compared with 107 last Thursday.

Cllr Andrew Proctor, Chair of the Local Engagement Board and Leader of Norfolk County Council, said: “I know people are tired and that the current restrictions are difficult, particularly in these shorter, darker days but now is not the time to give up.

“Rates of the virus are still increasing in Norfolk and it’s only by all playing our part and staying home as much as possible that we can get some more of our freedoms back.

“Anyone can get this virus, anyone can spread it and the reality is that we just don’t know how it will affect each of us. We all need to continue to work together, remember hands, face and space so we can keep each other safe and protect our loved ones and our communities.”

In the last week there has been a slight increase in the number of outbreaks among care providers, education settings and business, reflecting the county-wide increase in cases.

Dr Louise Smith, Director of Public Health said that during the period of national restrictions it remained particularly important that those still going to work or school followed the public health guidelines.

Dr Smith said: “There is positive news that a vaccine is on its way but we are not there yet and it will be many weeks before we see the impact of an immunisation programme. Now is not the time to become complacent because we can still catch and spread the virus, if we let our guard down.

"We are in these national restrictions because of rising rates of the virus across the country and across Norfolk. That means that those who are continuing to meet with others at work and school need to be particularly careful to follow the guidelines – not just when they are working or in the classroom but when they have breaks during the day and when they are leaving, or arriving on site. Keep your distance, wash your hands regularly and cover your face where it’s needed.”

Dr Smith also emphasised the need for people to isolate if they have symptoms of the virus, test positive or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.

She added: “If you need to isolate please go home immediately and stay there. Every second that someone stays on at work, visits the shops or comes into contact with others places people at risk.

“There is support to isolate, including access to funding, food and medication. We understand that it’s hard to stay at home but in doing so you are helping to prevent the virus spreading and helping to save lives.”

District data for the week to November 6

Previous week’s data in brackets

  • Breckland: 76 ( 118)
  • Broadland: 113 (64)
  • Great Yarmouth: 165 (170)
  • King’s Lynn and West Norfolk: 134 (116)
  • North Norfolk: 46 (30)
  • Norwich: 84 (91)
  • South Norfolk: 86 (60)

Outbreaks

  • Care provider settings: 39 (35) outbreaks
  • Businesses or workplace settings:15 (8) outbreaks
  • Education settings: 15 (10) outbreaks

There are no new substantial outbreaks in businesses this week, with no additional cases reported at Cranswick Foods or Snack Creations.

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