NOTTINGHAMSHIRE PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR SIGNALS EARLY STAGE OF THIRD COVID-19 WAVE
Joseph Locker, Digital News Correspondent, writing in the Nottingham Post on Friday 18 June 2021, reported that coronavirus cases in Nottinghamshire, particularly Nottingham and Rushcliffe have surged in the last week and that the county is in a 'race against time' to get people vaccinated.
Nottinghamshire now 'in early stages of a third wave', public health officials say
The county is in a "race against time" to get people vaccinated amid the emergence of the new Delta variant
Nottinghamshire is in a "race against time" to get the population vaccinated as public health officials say the county is at the beginning of a third wave.
Coronavirus cases in all boroughs and districts, particularly Nottingham and Rushcliffe, have surged in the last week.
Infection rates in these areas are now above the England average.
In Rushcliffe rates increased from 40.3 cases per 100,000 people in the week ending June 5, to 97.3 cases per 100,000 people in the week ending June 12.
Nottingham city's rates have similarly risen from 46.6 to 87.4 throughout the time period.
Nottinghamshire Live asked public health officials whether they believe the county is now entering its third wave during a briefing on Friday, June 18.
Jonathan Gribbin, public health director for the county, said it is now thought Nottinghamshire, alongside England, is indeed in the "early stages" of yet another wave.
He said: "If we go back several months ago in this meeting and other contexts we were hearing about modelling from SAGE which was showing that in all likelihood during this calendar year we would see a third wave.
"At that time, that modelling, didn't even account for the emergence of anew variant. What we now see across the United Kingdom is a general increase in rates, driven strongly by this new Delta variant which is now the dominant variant, and it is considerably more easily passed on than the Alpha variant.
"Nottinghamshire, together with the rest of the country, now finds itself at what looks like to be the early stages of a third wave.
"What we don't know at the moment and is to an extend in our control, is what the and how sharp the peak of that third wave will be and how long that will endure.
"It is in our control that it is within our gift to be sticking with all the guidance and restrictions in Step 3. I am urging people across the county, in view of the increase, to keep all of those measures in mind."
Amanda Sullivan, the accountable officer for the NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG, said the Delta variant is 60% more transmissible, but that people with both vaccine jabs are two to three times more protected than after just an initial vaccine.
Nottingham, according to the city's public health director David Johns, was one of the first areas in the country to experience a "significant" cluster of cases of the Delta variant.
It is now the dominant strain in the UK.
There is now a push to get people vaccinated, including all adults over 18, by July 19 this year.
He added: "We are in a race against time to vaccinate as many people as possible to minimise the chances the Delta variant has to spread."
Two national website which help to show the changing picture of coronavirus cases in local neighbourhoods are the interactive map available at:
and 'Coronavirus in your area - NHS Digital':
Nottingham University also provides data on coronavirus cases amongst its staff and students: