“Don’t give Coronavirus this Christmas – be responsible”

Health leaders are calling on people to be cautious and make responsible plans to prevent the spread of Coronavirus this Christmas, as latest figures show cases In Telford and Wrekin beginning to rise.

The call comes ahead of the government relaxation of restrictions to allow people to mix within 3 households for a 5-day period.

From December 23 to 27, people will be able to spend time together in private homes, to attend places of worship, or meet in a public outdoor place.

Latest figures show:

  • The seven day infection rate for Telford and Wrekin has risen by 17% from 113 to 132 between 4 and 11 December.
  • Infection rates in the over 60s are on rise, increasing by 45% in the same period
  • Telford and Wrekin’s increase is in line with national increases (18%) but greater than the regional average (3%).

Liz Noakes, Telford and Wrekin’s Director for Public Health, said: "It’s important for people to be cautious and plan responsibly this Christmas – please think about what you should do, not what you can do.

"It is understandable that people want to enjoy Christmas by mixing and socialising with friends and family after months of being apart.

"But the evidence shows that virus transmission happens indoors, among people you are close to, where the air is not as well ventilated – we can expect coronavirus to spread around Christmas tables.

"For this reason, we should be cautious and be thinking of what should be done to keep family safe and protecting others in Telford and Wrekin.

"There is a worrying increase in our over 60s, this is likely because of households passing the virus onto older family members, this is where we should be especially careful in making plans over Christmas.

"I have carefully made plans to protect my elderly father and will be only seeing a few people this Christmas.

"Coronavirus will not be taking holiday, please don’t give coronavirus this Christmas – be responsible.”

Andy Burford, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: "We are expecting a third wave after Christmas, it’s down to all of us to make careful plans this Christmas that keep people safe.

"Over Christmas, make sure you ventilate indoors where you can, maintain social distancing where possible and wash hands regularly.

"If you have Coronavirus symptoms, however mild, you should immediately self isolate and not meet others over the Christmas period until you get a test."

Date: 15 December 2020 | Source: Telford Council

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