Council takes action in bid to stem increase in coronavirus cases in Swindon

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Council takes action in bid to stem increase in coronavirus cases in Swindon

Thousands of homes in Swindon are to be sent letters about Covid-19 in an attempt to prevent the area being plunged into a local lockdown.

Swindon Borough Council’s Public Health team is writing to thousands of households following an increase in cases.

On Friday the Government described Swindon as “an area of concern” on its national Covid-19 watchlist after a spike in cases in the week up to August 2 involving workers at the XPO Logistics distribution centre in Penzance Drive.

Although that outbreak is now well under control, with no new cases reported for several days, the council is taking additional steps to contain the disease and prevent a community spread of Covid-19, which could result in local lockdown measures.

This comes after just under 50 new Covid-19 cases were reported in Swindon over the weekend.

The current fast-evolving situation is being closely monitoring by the council working alongside central government.

The latest case and contact tracing data shows that a high proportion of new confirmed cases are among residents living in the SN1 and SN2 postcodes and this week the council is delivering letters to residents in those areas to remind them of what they need to do to control the virus.

In the letter, the Council’s Director of Public Health, Steve Maddern, has urged people to protect themselves and others by continuing to wash their hands, cover their faces if in enclosed spaces, and to stay at least one-metre apart from people not in their own household.

Crucially, if anyone has any symptoms they must book a test and not leave home for at least 10 days. Those living in households should self-isolate for 14 days if they or any members of the household receive a positive test.

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