By Rachael Grealish
Cumbria’s COVID-19 situation has been called ‘stable’ after concerns raised of local lockdowns in Great Manchester.
Colin Cox, Cumbria County Council’s Director of Public Health, released a statement yesterday, Friday July 31, reassuring Cumbrian residents but also urged residents to be ‘vigilant’.
He said: “Following the announcements relating to Manchester and its surrounding areas it is sadly very clear that coronavirus is still circulating and being passed on.
“It is essential that we all recognise that the risk has not gone away and that we must all remain vigilant and follow all the latest guidance regarding hygiene and social distancing.
“For Cumbria I want to reassure residents that based on our most recent data I would describe our situation as stable.
“The latest figures in relation to Carlisle and Eden are encouraging but we must remain cautious and aware of the impact that our behaviour has on this situation.”
Cox went on to say situations are constantly monitored and further stressed need for care and vigilance at this time.
“Our multi-agency Health Protection Board is closely monitoring the situation across the county and will act accordingly to any rises or concerns,” he continued, “However I cannot stress strongly enough that we can only maintain this position if people help us control any further infection outbreak by following the rules.”
Only days ago lockdown measures were imposed on 4.5 million people in Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire – for which the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, said they have been banned from meeting other households indoors.
It has also now been recommend that people with symptoms of coronavirus should self-isolate for 10 days now, contradictory to the preview recommendation of seven days.
Due to these lockdowns the Prime Minster announced yesterday plans for further easing of lockdown have been delayed for ‘at least a fortnight’.
Speaking to the UK from Downing Street to Boris Johnson put the brakes on easing lockdown measures following spikes in Coronavirus.
This means the original plans to reopen theatres from today, August 1, have been scrapped.
Wedding receptions of up to 15 people will be prohibited, although ceremonies can still take place alongside COVID secure guidelines.
The PM also added that from August 8 face coverings will be mandatory for indoor settings where you’re likely to come into contact with people you don’t normally meet – such as museums, cinemas, galleries and places of worship.