Communities across the city are being warned that there can be no room for complacency, as the daily number of new coronavirus cases has risen.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has confirmed that latest daily figures show 15 new coronavirus cases have been notified. It means the total number of people to have contracted the virus in the city is now 1,680, since daily figures were first announced in March. A total of six of the new cases are in Normacot, with the other nine cases reported across different areas of Stoke-on-Trent with four more cases in the south east of the city, three in central areas of the city, one case in the south west and one in the north of the city.
Council leader Abi Brown said: “The new cases are not confined to one geographic area and show that the coronavirus remains present across the city. We are analysing this new data to drill down into any links between the cases and how they developed. The intelligence we have to work with is increasingly sophisticated and our teams are working through this information swiftly, as soon as we receive the data. All cases have been immediately contacted and all are self-isolating, as are their close contacts
“We had experienced a number of days with only a small handful of new cases, before today. What this continues to demonstrate is that there can be no room for complacency, we must all do all we can to stop the spread of infection.
“Earlier this week I spoke about how we had reached a ‘tipping point’ in cases related to the recent spike in Normacot and associated high rise in people getting tested.
“The government will look at data from this period when it produces its weekly coronavirus ‘watch list’ areas of the country tomorrow. We do not know at this stage which areas will be on this watch list. But what we do know is that since we reached that tipping point, people have continued to respond responsibly and seriously to the virus.
“We have been telling residents, businesses and communities for the past two weeks of the very real threat of the coronavirus, how it spreads quickly and how it can rapidly lead to a rise in cases. We have seen in Normacot businesses, religious settings, schools and communities working with us, taking the initiative themselves to reduce the spread of the virus by voluntarily closing mosques, following Covid-secure guidance, and limiting household-to-household contact.
“We need the whole city to work with us, for residents to protect themselves and each other. We are about to enter the late summer bank holiday weekend. Unfortunately, it is not a time to go out and disregard the rules. My message is clear: that if we all don’t follow the public health guidance in taking all the necessary steps to stop the spread of the coronavirus, then we will face the very real prospect of having restrictions in place that will limit our movements and could lead to local lockdowns. No-one wants this to happen. We all have to continue to act responsibly now, so that our destiny remains in our own hands.”
For more information and advice on the coronavirus (Covid-19) please visit Public Health England:
https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/ and the NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/.
All residents are reminded about the critical importance of regular handwashing with soap and hot water for 20 seconds. The significance of this action cannot be underestimated.
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