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Oadby and Wigston Borough Council now at Pivotal Point in Fight Against COVID-19

Published: Wednesday, 16 September 2020

The Borough of Oadby and Wigston is now at a pivotal point in how we moved forward to fend off a second wave of coronavirus after the Borough’s rates have risen exceptionally sharply.

Latest data shows that the borough is now the second highest in the country with a rate of over 100 cases (115) for every 100,000 people. The national average stands at around 33 per 100,000. In addition, our positive test rate is over 6% - double the national average.

The current outbreak of COVID19 is not down to one factor or organisation. This outbreak is across all communities and age groups and not down to a single cause. The common link in all of this is people.

This is a serious situation and I am urging residents to play their part. If cases don’t fall, and quickly, there is the potential that further local restrictions will be introduced.

To try to avoid any further restrictions I would encourage residents to follow the Leicester City local restrictions and these are listed below:-

  • Don’t go into other people’s homes or gardens.
  • Don’t meet people you don’t live with inside a pub, restaurant or other indoor settings.
  • Don’t meet more than 5 other people outdoors.

In addition, residents are strongly urged to follow the current guidance below:

  • If you have a high temperature, a new continuous cough or loss of smell/taste, book a test
  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Wear a face covering in enclosed public spaces, including public transport – unless you have a good reason not to.
  • Do not meet socially in groups of more than six people.
  • If you’re meeting up with friends, keep two metres apart.
  • If you’re contacted by test and trace, you must isolate for 14 day.
  • Avoid car sharing, if possible.

Read the Government guidance at: www.gov.uk/coronavirus

To reinforce the message to residents the Council will commence delivering leaflets to 13,000 residents to high priority areas. GP surgeries are also being contacted to highlight the need for people with symptoms to get a test.

The Council now has a further Mobile Testing Unit at Launceston Road and for residents who have COVID19 symptoms; they can book a test on nhs.uk.

The Council has also taken the difficult decision to place a curfew on all our parks from 5.00 p.m. through to 7.00 a.m. each day and this commences on Thursday 17 September 2020.

It is down to us all to restrict and reduce the spread of this virus.

- Councillor John Boyce, Leader of the Council

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