Coronavirus: Bradford in ‘high stakes’ position over possible local lockdown

Coronavirus: Bradford in ‘high stakes’ position over possible local lockdown

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Chris Young at 6:03pm 29th July 2020.

The Bradford District is in a “high stakes” position and faces local lockdown if Covid-19 infection rates are not brought under control.

  • There are fresh warnings of a local lockdown in the Bradford District.
  • The district has one of the highest infection rates in the country.
  • Bradford Council has put out a message to residents urging them to play their part in fighting the virus.

The district has had one of the highest infection rates in the country for several weeks, and today Bradford Council put out a message to residents of the District urging them to play their part in fighting the virus.

Hundreds of Council wardens are visiting homes to offer people advice, and remind them that the pandemic is not over, despite many lockdown measures being lifted.

The Council has also revealed that, pending discussions with government, the opening of some gyms and sports sites may be delayed beyond August 1.

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A statement from the Council said:

“Council and health leaders are calling on every resident in the Bradford District to play their part in tackling Covid-19 so we can beat the virus.

“As with other areas of the UK and Europe, Bradford is starting to see a rise in infection rates again and is now an outlier on the Government’s watch list. 

“This brings a real concern that if rates rise further in the district it could prompt local lockdown measures, similar to those imposed on Leicester, which would have a drastic impact on businesses and the economy.

“Nationally, lockdown measures have eased, but there is a real fear that some people might think this means the pandemic is over and that Covid-19 is no longer a threat. This is not the case. Covid-19 is still around, is still infecting people, and is still killing people.

“The Council is ramping up its response to a possible Covid-19 spike, and this week will see hundreds of wardens and Council staff out in city and town centres, neighbourhoods and visiting premises to urge them to stay safe.”

The Council has issued the following advice to people to prevent a local lockdown:

  • KEEP YOUR DISTANCE: Keep at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone you don’t live with.
  • FACE COVERINGS: Always wear a face covering when in a shop, on public transport and when you can’t follow the 2 metre rule
  • HYGIENE IS KEY: Wash your hands with soap and warm water often.
  • NO HANDSHAKE, NO HUGS, HANDS OFF: Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • THINK OF OTHERS: Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • GET TESTED: If you have a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss/change in your sense of taste or smell.
  • STAY SAFE: No more than two households together indoors and six people from different households outdoors.
  • STAY INDOORS: Isolate at home for 7 days if you have symptoms and 14 days if you live with someone who has symptoms.
  • NO EVENTS: Keep away from crowds and places where people gather together.
  • DON’T SPIT: if you are infected, spitting will increase the chance of the virus and other germs spreading.
  • TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF: GPs, hospitals and other services are #StillHereToHelp

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council, said:

“Covid kills: let’s not be in any doubt about this. This is a high-stakes position and to avoid a local lockdown we all need to do what we can to prevent a further spike in Covid-19 infections. We all know what the impact of this would be on people’s health, their livelihoods, and our economy. 

“No-one wants more lockdown measures so we want everyone to follow the Covid Code: Wash your hands, keep the right distance, wear a mask, and follow the guidance on family visiting. Let’s lock down Covid, not let Covid lock us down!”

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