A spike in the number of new coronavirus cases in Rushcliffe and across Nottinghamshire has led to the public health director urging everyone to follow the new rules coming into place.
According to seven-day rolling figures provided by Public Health England, a sharp rise in cases has been recorded across the county.
Rushcliffe recorded 25 cases in the week to September 6, taking its rate to 21 cases per 100,000 people. This is an increase from 14.3 the week before when 17 new cases were confirmed in the borough.
And areas including Mansfield and Ashfield have seen their rate of cases per 100,000 people quadruple in the seven days to September 6, while Broxtowe and Nottingham have also recorded high increases.
Public health bosses are finding cases arise from what seems to be transmission in a number of different settings including households, social gatherings, overseas travel and travel to and from work
Conservative MP for Rushcliffe Ruth Edwards told Nottinghamshire Live: “It is concerning to see a rise in coronavirus cases in Rushcliffe and across the country, which is why the Government has acted swiftly and brought in new rules to protect the public.
“We have been able to bring the spread of the virus under control thanks to the hard work and the sacrifices that everyone has made.
“I would urge everyone to familiarise themselves with the new rules announced yesterday and continue to follow them and to take sensible precautions, washing your hands, covering your face, keeping space from others, and getting a test if you have symptoms.”
West Bridgford residents also spoke to Nottinghamshire Live following the rise in cases, arguing the borough is following the pattern of the rest of the country and that “care needs to be taken”.
Jane Malcolm 45, of West Bridgford, said: “It’s obviously not nice to hear the rates rising, especially as we head into winter. But it’s not all that surprising given that people have been going on holiday and socialising during the summer more.
“Hopefully the new restrictions being brought in (to limit no more than six people meeting in social settings) will help.
“Rushcliffe is a big area. There are lots of villages that split it up so I don’t see it as a concentrated threat like a city might be.”
Tom Dyer, 31, of West Bridgford added: “There seems to be a spike across Nottinghamshire at the minute. I guess people need reminding of the rules that we need to follow really. It’s not good to see.”
Jonathan Gribbin, Director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire County Council said: “In recent days we have seen a sharp rise in cases across several areas of Nottinghamshire.
“Often the cases are people of working age including some younger people. This underlines the importance of controlling transmission in every setting in which we find ourselves, and we rely on everyone playing their part to stop the spread.
“To play your part in stopping the spread, I am urging everyone to adhere to the Rule of Six which commences on Monday 14 September.”
This means that people should not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than six. This will apply indoors and outdoors, including in private homes. Education and work settings are unaffected.
Mr Gribbin added: “I am also urging everyone to observe “Hands, Face, Space” which means:
“Hands – wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds.
“Face – wear a face-covering where required, unless you are exempt.
“Space – Maintain social distance of at least 2 metres from anyone you don’t live with (or 1 metre plus additional precautions such as extra ventilation, screens or face coverings)
“When eating out at a café, pub or restaurant everyone should be providing full and accurate contact details of everyone in your group. This NHS Test and Trace Service is important for tracking and preventing the spread of Covid-19. Businesses have a clear duty to support this service.
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“You can unknowingly spread the virus to other people when car sharing. Whether you’re commuting to work or picking a family member up from the airport, it is vital that you stick to the full guidance around car sharing which includes keeping windows open, sticking to small groups and wiping down surfaces.
“Finally, it is crucial that if you have Covid symptoms, get a test and self-isolate.
“Symptoms include a fever, a new continuous cough, or loss of your sense of taste or smell.”