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Council leader reacts to latest Government announcement on COVID

05 January 2021

Norfolk County Council leader Councillor Andrew Proctor said: “I understand and support the need for additional restrictions across England.

“In the circumstances of the rapidly increasing infection rate, caused by the new COVID variant, it’s unavoidable. The speed of transmission of this new variant is clearly a cause for major concern.

“Nationally, there are 40% more people in hospital now than in the height of the pandemic last year and so our priority has to be to protect the NHS and prevent it being overwhelmed. In Norfolk alone, we have more than 550 COVID patients in hospital.

“This is a really tough start to 2021 after a tough 2020 but it’s more crucial than ever that we follow the rules – hands, face, space, avoiding unnecessary trips and social contact and isolating if you have COVID or are a contact. It’s the only way we’ll beat it.

“The vaccine is a game changer and we need to buy time for more people to be vaccinated. Only then can the restrictions be eased in the future. The key messages to everyone are stay at home; protect the NHS; save lives.

“The County Council will continue to operate key services for the most vulnerable people in a COVID-secure way. We will provide updates on our website.”

Latest COVID situation in Norfolk

  • In the week ending 30 December, Norfolk had a rate of 416 cases per 100,000 people, which is below the England average
  • However, rates are going up across the county
  • Rates range from North Norfolk with a rate of 341/100,000 to Great Yarmouth with 474/100,000
  • We’ve had more than 6,000 cases in the last two weeks
  • There are more than 550 people with COVID in hospital in Norfolk, which is three times higher than the numbers seen at the beginning of December.

Rates per 100,000

  • North Norfolk 341
  • King's Lynn and West Norfolk 391
  • Breckland 400
  • Norwich 425
  • South Norfolk 441
  • Broadland 442
  • Gt Yarmouth 474
  • Norfolk 416
  • East region 700
  • England 519

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