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North Somerset issues Covid warning after highest cases on record


The North Somerset Council declared a Covid warning after recorded cases in the district hit an all-time high – and continue to rise.

The seven-day average in North Somerset has now reached 470.1 cases, which is higher than the UK rate of 399.6 cases and the South West’s rate of 386.4 cases.

Deputy Chief and Executive of the Board for Health, Cllr Mike Bell, stressed that although it is no longer mandatory after July 19, people should obey social distancing rules where possible to reduce the spread of Covid .

Cllr Bell said: “The risk of coming into contact with Covid in our community has never been higher.

“Those who were doubly vaccinated at least two weeks ago will have the best protection against illness or serious illness if they come in contact with the virus.

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“Our vaccination rates are excellent, with almost 70% of people having had two injections, but that still leaves thousands of people with little or no protection, having had only one or none.

“So even though you no longer need to legally follow Covid’s safety rules, it is still extremely important that you do everything possible to avoid catching or spreading the virus.”

Cllr Mike Bell called on residents to “do all you can” to stop the spread of Covid.
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Cllr Bell also said it’s also important to isolate if you are showing symptoms of coronavirus, if you’ve tested positive, or if the NHS Test and Trace app has told you to self-isolate.

The council’s director of public health Matt Lenny echoed the call, adding that vaccines alone are not enough to stop the coronavirus.

Mr Lenny said: ‘Vaccinations alone are not enough to end Covid, especially when we have rising infection rates.

“Please continue to wash your hands, wear face coverings, get tested, isolate yourself if you need to and stay outside as much as you can.

“The virus spreads most quickly in closed environments that have very little ventilation, where there are a lot of people, and where you have close contact with people that you usually don’t mix with.

“With the easing of restrictions, it is not always possible to avoid these kinds of situations, but there are things you can do to reduce your own risk.”