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R rate rise shows we all still need to be cautious about coronavirus (COVID-19)

08 June 2020

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Councillor Allen Brett.

An increase in the coronavirus (COVID-19) infection rate in the north west of England shows the need for everyone to remain cautious and keep socially distancing.

The council is urging everyone to keep adhering to social distancing measures to help fight the spread of the virus which has so far claimed the lives of almost 200 people in the borough.

The R rate shows the average number of people someone with coronavirus infects and is one of the indicators used to assess how much the virus is spreading.

Despite some relaxation of the lockdown measures we must all continue to:

  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Work from home if you can
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • Wash your hands regularly

Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

Council leader Allen Brett said: "We are by no means out of the woods yet and we all need to remain alert to the dangers of this terrible virus. It may seem like things are getting better but there is still a huge risk to public health and we need to do everything we can to stop the spread of coronavirus.

'It may seem like things are getting better but there is still a huge risk to public health and we need to do everything we can to stop the spread of coronavirus'

"That means staying at home as much as possible, staying local as much as possible, limiting contact with other people and socially distancing at all times."

Dr Yvonne Doyle, medical director of Public Health England said: "Our estimates show that the regional R numbers have increased although they remain below 1 for most of England – this is to be expected as we gradually move out of lockdown.

"It is vital that everyone continues with social distancing, practicing good hand hygiene and must remain at home and order a test if they have symptoms."

Dr Andrew Furber, regional director of Public Health England (PHE) North West, said: "We know here in the North West, we experienced a peak in cases later than the majority of other areas. We need to ensure all our communities continue to follow government guidance on social distancing and self-isolation. As lockdown measures are eased across the country, it is vitally important we do everything we can to slow the spread of the virus and save lives."