Following the Prime Minister’s recent announcement, a new national lockdown is now in force, with people advised to stay at home as much as possible.
This means, from today people in Rotherham:
- Must stay at home unless medically required to do otherwise, to shop for essentials, for exercise and to escape domestic abuse.
- Must only go to work in person if they are unable to work from home.
- Must not attend school, college or university in person (learning will take place remotely).
- Must not meet socially with anyone outside of their household or support bubble.
Support and childcare bubbles are still in operation, no changes, and nurseries are remaining open.
Alexander Stafford, MP for Rother Valley, said: “I know how difficult this news will be for so many people who have sacrificed seeing their loved ones over the last weeks and months for the good of our country.
“The saddest part is, before this new and more contagious variant of the coronavirus took hold, the tougher restrictions were working.”
“If we do not take this tough decision now, thousands more will die.
“But, with two vaccines approved for use in the UK and simultaneous mass rollouts occurring at this very moment – there is every reason to be optimistic about the future. This will not be our way of life forever. Once enough people have been vaccinated, restrictions will be eased and we can begin our return to normality.”
The case rate in the Rotherham area has now risen from 219.3 per 100,000 to 266.4 per 100,000. New measures are now needed across the country to stop the spread.
Following a briefing with Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock, Rotherham MP, Sarah Champion, said: “What is clear is new variant of Covid is much more infectious and this is causing increased cases across the UK. The reason for the lockdown is to try and stop transmission and therefore limit the risk of our health care services being overwhelmed with the combination of Covid patients on top of the normal increase in patients due to winter.
“The transmission rate of the new variant is very significant. Across the UK the average infection rate is now 400:100,000 but some areas are as high as 1,300:100,000.
“The new variant is doubling cases in four days, the original strain was doubling cases in two weeks. Whilst the impact on our health of the new strain is largely the same in terms of who gets it and morbidity, the fact this variant is 50/70% more transmissible is the reason why is it more threatening.
“If you are clinically vulnerable, you will shortly be receiving a letter advising you to shield, meaning you should not go to work or school. There will be financial support in place to assist you, if needed.”
No stranger to providing positive and inspirational talks, Rotherham United’s manager took to social media to reassure residents. “Just be kind and help people out” was Paul Warne’s message.
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