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'We all have a role to play in tackling virus'

Published: Thu 15th October, 2020

Everyone in Charnwood has a role to play in tackling Covid-19, says the Leader of Charnwood Borough Council following a rise in cases.

Data published by the Leicestershire County Council on Wednesday, October 14 shows that for the week ending October 10, every district in the county now has rates of over 100 cases for every 100,000 people. 

Rates for Oadby & Wigston (178.8 cases per 100,000 population) and Charnwood (154.4 per 100,000) are also above the national average of 150.1 per 100,000.

However, Mike Sandys, Leicestershire County Council, director of public health, said Charnwood had now overtaken Oadby and Wigston.

He said: “We’ve got cases rising everywhere in the county, and we now know that, based on the most recent data over the past few days, Charnwood has the highest rate. 

“However, our drive is no longer around highlighting ‘hot-spots’ and targeting specific parts of Leicestershire – this is now around everyone being extra vigilant.

“We need to work together to control the virus – that’s through social distancing, wearing a face mask and washing your hands.

“It’s also about encouraging people, whether they’re on the school run, travelling to work or education, in the office or going out for a drink, to change their behaviour.”

The latest data also shows that higher infection rates are now being seen in young people aged 16 to 24.

Cllr Jonathan Morgan, Leader of Charnwood Borough Council, said: “The increase in the number of cases in Charnwood is very concerning and should serve as a stark reminder to everyone in the borough that we cannot switch off and that we all have a role to play in tackling this pandemic.

“We have seen a spike in cases at Loughborough University which has happened at almost every other university city and town across the country. If you took those cases out of the Charnwood figures, we would be at similar levels to other districts and boroughs in Leicestershire.

“However, we cannot ignore the fact that that the number of cases has gone up across the borough and the country and that means everyone has a duty to take action to help stop the spread.

“Please follow the basic rules; wash your hands, stay apart, wear a face covering if you can and stick to the rule of six.

“We will continue to work with Leicestershire County Council, Public Health England, and other agencies to help keep our communities safe. We will also continue to support the university which has taken significant steps to minimise transmission of the virus and protect students, staff and local communities.”

Charnwood is currently at the level 1 alert (medium) in the Government’s new three-tier alert system. That is the lowest level.