Residents in one area of Essex are being warned after the latest data shows a dramatic increase of Covid infections over the past two months.
Although Southend-on-Sea’s overall infection rate is below the East of England average of 103 per 100,000, Covid-19 cases are continuing to rise.
On October 9, there were 34.4 cases per 100,000 in Southend.
But just 20 days later on Thursday, October 29, that figure has risen to 92.8.
The figures are even more stark when you look at the start of September. On September 11, the infection rate in Southend was just 13.65.
Cases have also risen rapidly in the 60 and over age bracket, from 46.2 cases per 100,000 on Thursday, October 22 to 76.9 cases per 100,000 just one week later.
“Coronavirus is still very much with us and we must not become complacent”
In a Facebook post shared by Daniel Cowan, a councillor for St Laurence ward, Krishna Ramkhelawon, director of Public Health for Southend has urged people to do their bit to stop the spread of the killer virus.
Mr Ramkhelawon says: “In recent weeks we have continued to see a rise in confirmed cases across the country, across Essex and across Southend-on-Sea. Most of these are attributed to people not following the public health advice that has been in place for many months now.
“Although we remain below the regional average and have done all we can to slow this rise in cases locally, we must remember that Coronavirus is still very much with us and we must not become complacent. We must all do our bit to help and follow national guidance.
“We are starting to see a rise in positive cases in the 60 plus age range and this is concerning. If you are 60 plus, and particularly if you are vulnerable, please follow the national guidance which will help stop you catching this disease. For the younger members of our community, please protect your family and don’t expose them to the virus.
“It is extremely important that we all maintain social distancing by keeping at least two metres from others, maintain good hand-washing, wear face coverings and follow the ‘rule of six.’ Please do all of this to try and help our communities to stay safe and keep our rate as low as we possibly.”
The post also included a statement from councillor Trevor Harp, cabinet member for Adult Social Care & Health.
Cllr Harp says: “We continue to work hard to keep our case rate as low as possible but it is crucial that you self-isolate if you have symptoms.
“Please call 119 and get tested as soon as possible, and isolate until you know the result. Do not be put off requesting a test if you have symptoms and please do so as soon as possible.
“It is important to note that there is support in place for those on low incomes. Please visit our website for further details on this.
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“You must also self-isolate if you are told to by the national test and trace system. In this scenario, you must do so for the full period regardless of whether you have symptoms or not, or whether you receive a negative test result or not. This period will be 10 or 14 days depending on the circumstances. Due to the incubation period of this disease which can be up to 14 days, you must self-isolate for the period advised.
“Please follow this and national advice. If people don’t, we will continue to see cases rise, spread and reach people who are more vulnerable in our communities, leading to more severe illness and deaths in our community.”