Relief as coronavirus cases fall in former hotspot area in Nottingham

The news has been welcomed by local residents

Residents have spoken out after a huge drop in the rate of new coronavirus cases in part of the city which was previously one of the worst affected areas.

The neighbourhood which includes the Arboretum, Forest and Trent University area in Nottingham and has a large number of student residents, experienced a spike at the time when Nottingham had the highest rate of new coronavirus cases in the country in October.

In a surveillance report published by Nottingham City Council on October 4, the area was highlighted as being the second-worst affected in the city, behind the University Park, Lenton Abbey area.

A total of 1,169 cases have been recorded in the area since the start of the pandemic but the rate of new cases has now declined and it now has a rolling average rate of 199.9 new cases per 100,000 people, with 26 cases recorded in the seven days to November 6 - a 36.6 per cent reduction on the previous week.

The news has been welcomed by local residents.

Oakley Burton, 21, a final year product design student at Nottingham Trent University, who is born and raised in West Bridgford, said: "With before lockdown, Nottingham had one of the highest infection rates in the UK. I think with this lockdown it's helped and also it's made people more aware that we need to have this drop."

He added: "With this lockdown, it is allowing cases to fall a lot and, therefore, when we are in December there will not be such a pick up in cases.

“I could see why they have done it (introduced a second lockdown) with Christmas coming up and also that it's a big spending time. Therefore the economy will pick up a lot more in December, people are wanting to buy presents, and last-minute presents, and they want to get food in for Christmas dinners."

Samir Sadat, 28, has recently moved over to the city to study construction management at Nottingham Trent University.

Living on the city campus, he said: "It's my 15th day in Nottingham, I just got out from self-isolating.

"I think everyone will have accepted the lockdown very well and they have. That is one of the reasons (for cases falling) - they have self-isolated, they have stopped going to the parties and those things. That is why the second lockdown has been a success.”

According to latest Government data, the rate in the Arboretum, Forest and Trent University area is now within the national average rate of new cases - just a few weeks ago, the data shows the number of cases was above the national average.

Nottingham's overall current average rate of cases stands at 340.6 new cases per 100,000 people.

John Holford, 67, a professor of adult education at the University of Nottingham, spoke about the fall in cases in the city area.

Mr Holford, of Carrington, said: “I am glad cases are going down, rather than going up.”

But he believes “we are paying price” with the second lockdown because the first lockdown was “let up far too soon”.

Peter Widdowson, 77, and wife Maureen, pictured in Goldsmith Street, in Nottingham city centre.

Mr Widdowson, a former meat processor, who lives in Mapperley with his wife, said: “I think they (students) are just doing as they are told, I am sure they are.

“With the lockdown, it was inevitable it was going to come down.”

He also praised Prime Minister Boris Johnson, saying: “I think he is doing a good job - he is doing the best he can in the circumstances.”

Mrs Widdowson added: “It’s great that the cases are coming down, it’s not going to do anything about the lockdown just because the cases are going down.”

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