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NE Lincolnshire has lowest Covid-19 rate

NE Lincolnshire has lowest Covid-19 rate
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NE Lincolnshire has lowest Covid-19 rate

New figures have revealed that North East Lincolnshire has lowest Covid-19 rate in England.

The announcement came last night, shortly before several other parts of Northern England had stricter lockdown measures reintroduced.

Since the beginning of the pandemic in March, the infection rate has been lower than much of the country.

Now, it has fallen to 135.2 for every 100,000 residents.

The figure is lower than any other region across the whole of the country, making Grimsby, Cleethorpes and Immingham, among the safest places in the country.

However, council leader Philip Jackson has warned against complacency, stating that it is still important to take the necessary precautions. He said:

“As we start to focus on recovery, we must guard against complacency and strike right balance between supporting local economic recovery and managing the continuing public health risk.

“Cabinet has approved our Outbreak Management Plan which enables us to support business, communities, schools and so on, and focus on prevention and suppression of the virus.

“Autumn and winter will be a challenge – we are fully engaged with NHS and Local Resilience Forum colleagues on planning, local engagement and risk management.”

In support of this message, Councillor Margaret Cracknell, portfolio holder for health, wellbeing and adult social care at North East Lincolnshire Council said:

“Thanks to everyone’s efforts in helping to prevent the spread of the virus, North East Lincolnshire has avoided any significant outbreaks of COVID-19 and now has the lowest rates of confirmed cases anywhere in England.

“However, Coronavirus is still here and our message remains the same.

“We’re asking people to keep doing their bit to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.

“Continue to follow the Government guidance, take simple precautions like regular hand washing and social distancing, and immediately self-isolate if you have symptoms.

“If you feel unwell and show symptoms of COVID-19, you must self-isolate for 10 days and book a free test on the GOV.UK website or by calling 119.

“Please help us to keep North East Lincolnshire safe and open.”

The public’s response to the lockdown and following social distancing has also been a major factor in maintaining the continually low rate of infections.

Now, almost five months after the pandemic began, North East Lincolnshire has been officially recognised as the region least affected by the virus.

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