CORONAVIRUS UPSURGE IN NOTTINGHAM: FURTHER LOCAL MEASURES MAY BE NEEDED
Kit Sandeman, Local Democracy Reporter, writing in the Nottingham Post on Monday 5 October 2020 reported that the sharp increase in coronavirus cases in Nottingham, making the city one of the worst affected areas in the country, mean that the restrictions currently in force are insufficient to stop the spread. ...
Current coronavirus restrictions ‘insufficient’ to stop ‘rapidly changing situation’ in Nottingham
“I’m sorry to say we are seeing a major increase in the infection rate."
Further local measures may be needed in Nottingham to get the spread of Coronavirus under control, according to the deputy leader of the council.
Although stopping short of calling for a full local lockdown, Councillor Sally Longford said she was ‘very concerned’ the current measures in Nottingham were ‘insufficient to stop the spread.’
Nottingham has seen a sharp increase in cases in the latest data, putting the city among the worst affected areas in the country.
This afternoon (Monday, October 5), deputy leader Councillor Longford has said she is ‘extremely concerned’ about what she called a ‘rapidly changing situation’.
Speaking during a virtual meeting of the full council on Monday, October 5, Councillor Longford said: “As of today, only the current national restrictions apply in Nottingham, however, we are in a rapidly changing situation.
“I’m sorry to say we are seeing a major increase in the infection rate.
“But now, I’m very concerned that the restrictions currently in force are insufficient to stop the spread.
“I do believe that, in the main, our citizens are still adhering to the restrictions.
“However, the beginning of the school term, and the arrival of students has coincided with an increase in infections, particularly among young adults, and although it’s well known they don’t suffer the worst symptoms, I’m extremely concerned the virus will now spread into the older and more vulnerable population.
“Take my ward for example (Lenton and Wollaton East). In Lenton we have many students, and it’s often wrongly described as a student area because there are many permanent residents living among them, many of them elderley and more vulnerable to the virus.
“They use the same community facilities, the same shops, the same buses and trams and the same leisure centres.
“I’m very concerned they may be infected, and that the consequence for them will be more severe.
“I know many young people are acting within the guidance, but I’m taking this opportunity to appeal to all younger adults in particular, to adhere to the regulations as much as their neighbours.
“We need every individual in the city to continue to play their part if we are to keep a grip on this pandemic.”