Numbers heading in the right direction

With more than 190,000 people in Kirklees now having had at least their first Covid-19 vaccine dose, our infection rate has dropped by 37 per cent over the last week and hospitalisations and deaths are continuing to fall significantly. But with some restrictions set to ease on Monday (12 April), we’re urging everyone to remain cautious.

With 70 per 100,000 people in Kirklees testing positive for COVID-19 over the last seven days, the borough’s rate has decreased by 37 per cent since last week. Kirklees’ rate does, however, also above the national average of 37 per 100,000.

There were 308 new confirmed positive cases in the last week in Kirklees – fewer than last week when there were 478.

More than 190,000 local people have now had at least their first Covid-19 vaccine dose, with 43,000 having two doses. Anyone over 50 in Kirklees can book their vaccination now.

Sixteen Kirklees people were admitted to local hospitals with Covid-19 over the last week, which has dropped from nineteen last week.

There were sadly two people who died with Covid-19 in local hospitals in the last week – which is no change from the previous week.

You can view all the data on our online dashboard, including a breakdown of each Kirklees ward.

Roadmap

From April 12, 2021 the whole of England will move to Step 2 of the Government’s national roadmap out of lockdown.

Kirklees Council’s Director of Public Health is urging local people to play their part in bringing the borough’s infection rate back down so we can continue to follow the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

These venues and businesses are now able to reopen:

  • All retail.
  • Personal care settings like hairdressers, beauty salons and nail bars.
  • Public buildings like libraries
  • Outdoor hospitality like beer gardens.
  • Outdoor attractions like zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas.
  • Indoor leisure like swimming pools and gyms.
  • Self-contained holiday accommodation like self-catering lets and camp sites for household stays only.

Care home residents are now allowed a second regular visitor indoors and weddings and receptions of up to 15 people are permitted.

Visit Kirklees Council’s website for more information on the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown

Playing your part

 Taking the vaccine when it’s your turn is the best way we can save lives, keep pressure off the NHS and get our lives back to normality. It is safe, quick and significantly protects you from Covid-19. Read more on the vaccination programme.

Everyone in England over the age of 18 without symptoms is now able to access free, twice-weekly, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. The aim is to help prevent and reduce transmission in the community. This is particularly important as restriction across the country start to ease. Read more on twice-weekly rapid flow testing and how to get yours.

It also means that our Mass Community Testing Centres are open for everyone who lives or works in Kirklees to support this initiative.

Go to COVID-19 Test and Trace: Getting a test if you have symptoms if you require a test because you have symptoms.

 With more restrictions now lifting, it’s really important that we all remember the three basic rules: hands, face, space when we’re leaving home.

Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Strategic Director for Public Health at Kirklees Council said: “It’s fantastic news to see all of our numbers in Kirklees heading in the right direction, and it’s thanks to everyone’s efforts we are now able to move to Step 2 of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

 

“With more than 190,000 local people having at least their first vaccine dose, our hospitalisation and deaths linked to Covid-19 have fallen significantly.

“Please enjoy the freedoms we are getting back but remember that the virus is still spreading in our communities. It’s crucial that we continue with these improvements as restrictions ease on 12 April with people much more likely to come into contact with people outside their household or bubble.

“There’s a really important role we all have to play in making sure we keep our numbers down so we can get Kirklees through the national roadmap out of lockdown and back to normality.

“Taking the vaccine when it’s your turn is the best way we can save lives, keep pressure off the NHS and get our lives back to normality. It significantly protects you from Covid-19. The more people that take it, the bigger chance we have of beating Covid-19 for good.

“Another great way you can help reduce the spread of the virus in your community is by getting a rapid lateral flow test twice a week if you are not showing any symptoms. Asymptomatic testing helps us identify people who are infectious and could spread the infection to others unknowingly.

“Lastly, always remember: hands, face, space when you’re leaving home. It’s important to remember that if you are meeting with people from other households in line with changes to restrictions, it’s so much safer outdoors.

“Thank you to everyone in Kirklees for playing your part. We’re seeing great progress and if we all continue to take the vaccine when it’s our turn and remain cautious as restrictions ease, we’ll continue to follow the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown and get our lives back to normality.”

If you’re vulnerable and need support, please visit Kirklees Council’s website or call 0800 4561114.

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