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Humber health bosses urge locals to keep wearing face masks in doctors’ surgeries

Humber health bosses say restrictions still apply in health settings

Humber health bosses urge locals to keep wearing face masks in doctors’ surgeries

With Freedom Day upon us, Covid-19 restrictions are set to end in most public settings – but Humber health bosses are warning local residents that the rules in GP surgeries and health settings in the region still very much apply.

Cases are on the rise in North East Lincolnshire, with the region currently in the ‘black’ on the Government’s interactive Covid-19 map.

Dr Faisel Baig, Chair of the NHS Humber Clinical and Professional Leaders Board, said health settings – including GP surgeries, hospitals, pharmacies and dental surgeries – are a “higher risk environment” where people should continue to “wear a mask, remain socially distant and wash our hands regularly”.

He said: “COVID-19 is still very much with us.

“Both infection rates and hospital admissions are once again on the rise – with more than 50,000 new cases of the virus being reported each day in the UK. We have also seen sharp rises in each of the four areas of the Humber.

“The Delta variant of the virus is highly transmissible and this is why we must continue to act cautiously to slow the spread.

“I urge everyone to play their part and think of those more vulnerable than them when visiting their local GP surgery. Acting responsibly will undoubtedly save lives.”

Dr Baig is also urging people who have not yet been vaccinated to do so soon.

“We can be really proud of our vaccination uptake figures in the Humber,” he said. “I know many people are working hard to ensure a vaccine is as accessible as it can be for every single eligible person.”

“Uptake is slightly less amongst our 18-39 year-olds and I would especially urge anyone in this age bracket to come forward and get their vaccination as soon as they can.

“Vaccinations really have broken the chain between contracting the virus and becoming seriously ill from it.”

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