Covid-19 cases in North East Lincolnshire on the rise as Delta variant spreads
Public health chiefs at North East Lincolnshire Council are warning local residents to “stick to the rules” after a report showed a “significant increase” in Covid-19 cases in North East Lincolnshire over the last seven days.
Published on a weekly basis, the report had previously showed that Covid-19 rates had dropped across the area in the last month – but this has now changed, with the Delta variant, or Indian variant, becoming the dominant strain of the virus in England.
The percentage of tests returning a positive result in North East Lincolnshire has risen from 0.4 percent to 2.2 percent.
Geoff Barnes, Deputy Director of Public Health in North East Lincolnshire, said: “We’ve reached a fork in the road, and it’s up to people to make the right choices to ensure we keeping going on the road to recovery.
“As we start to see different variants take hold in England, the virus is passed more easily from person to person.
“Current evidence suggests that the vaccine is still effective against those variants we are currently seeing and we ask everyone to get their first and second doses when offered as it is the best protection we have against the virus.
“However, not everyone has been vaccinated, and those who have had one or both doses of the vaccine can still transmit the virus.
“The best thing people can do is continue to take those key steps to reduce transmission – things like social distancing, wearing a mask in shops and enclosed public spaces, and washing your hands regularly, are all very effective in stopping the virus from moving between people.”
On Monday 7 June, the Government announced that people aged from 25 to 29 years old in the UK are now able to book their Covid-19 vaccine.