Infection rate has dropped – but please stay cautious
More than 197,000 people in Kirklees have now had at least their first Covid-19 vaccine dose and our infection rate has dropped by 25 per cent in the last week. We’re urging everyone to remain cautious, with a number of restrictions now lifted, so we can continue to make progress and follow the roadmap out of lockdown.
With 58 per 100,000 people in Kirklees testing positive for COVID-19 over the last seven days, the borough’s rate has dropped by 25 per cent since last week. However, Kirklees’ rate remains above the national average of 23 per 100,000 and needs to drop further and faster.
There were 257 new confirmed positive cases in the last week in Kirklees – fewer than last week when there were 330.
More than 197,000 local people have now had at least their first Covid-19 vaccine dose, with 71,000 having two doses. Anyone aged 45 and over in Kirklees can book their vaccination now.
There are currently 16 inpatients in local hospitals being treated for Covid-19 – the same number as last week. There was one death related to Covid-19 in local hospitals in the last week – which is up from zero the previous week.
On Monday (April 12, 2021) the whole of England moved to Step 2 of 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.
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.
Go to COVID-19 Test and Trace: Getting a test if you have symptoms if you require a test because you have symptoms.
The risk of infection is significantly lower outside as fresh air helps to disperse the virus particles. So, if you are meeting with people from other households in line with changes to restrictions, remember, it’s safer outdoors. And always remember: hands, face, space when you’re leaving home.
Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Strategic Director for Public Health at Kirklees Council said: “The success we’re seeing in Kirklees with the vaccine rollout is fantastic. Nearly 200,000 of you have had your first dose, and more than 70,000 have had your second. I want to say thank you to everyone who has been vaccinated so far and, of course, to the health workers and volunteers who have made our start to the vaccine programme such a success.
“The number of people being treated in local hospitals for Covid-19 and the number of deaths related to the virus are currently at their lowest point for a long time.
“Although our infection rate has dropped this week, it is still above the national average and needs to come down further and faster, particularly as we now enjoy some of the freedoms that have recently returned. There’s a really important role we all have to play in doing this.
“The risk of infection is significantly lower as the fresh air helps to disperse the virus particles. So, if you are meeting with people from other households in line with changes to restrictions, it’s so much safer outdoors. And always remember: hands, face, space when you’re leaving home.
“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.
“It’s great that we can all now start to do some of the things we’ve all missed in recent months with a number of restrictions now being lifted. Thank you for everything you are doing and have done during the whole pandemic. Please remember to stay cautious and keep each other safe so we can get Kirklees through the national roadmap out of lockdown and back to normality.”