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Cheshire East Council has warned the number of Covid-19 cases could see the borough facing further strict restrictions when the national lockdown ends.

However, in the past week cases in the area have dropped from 248 new cases per 100,000 people to 191 per 100,000, according to the latest stats.

That’s now well below the national average of 235 per 100,000 in England.

Leader of Cheshire East Council Cllr Sam Corcoran said: “There has been a rise in infections across the region during the past few weeks and this is something we need to address now to avoid increased restrictions being imposed.

“The majority of residents are doing the right thing by adhering to social distancing and travel restrictions, but there are a minority who are undoing all of this good work through complacency and selfishness.

“Covid-19 remains a real threat and we all must work together, or rates will continue to increase which means we could face stricter restrictions.

“Now is not a time to be complacent, we must all think about the consequences of our actions and the implications they can have in the coming weeks and months.”

Dr Matt Tyrer, Director of Public Health for Cheshire East Council, said: “If you have any symptoms of Covid-19 you must self-isolate immediately and get a test.

“Typical Covid-19 symptoms to look for include high fever, a continuous cough and loss of taste or smell.

“Residents should also self-isolate and request a test if they experience headaches, unexplained tiredness, muscle and body aches and a sore throat.

“If you experience any of these symptoms you must only leave home to get tested.

“You should not go into work or carry on with your normal day to day routine whilst waiting for the test results.

“You must self-isolate until you have them.

“You can book a test online by visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

“If you have a positive test or are alerted by a contact tracer, play your part to protect your community by self-isolating for at least 10 days.

“If we make sensible decisions, maybe we can avoid having further localised restrictions imposed on us over Christmas.”

All residents are reminded to:

* Stay at home
* Only leave home for essential travel, for work and to shop for food essentials or medicines
* Work from home where possible
* Do not mix with others outside of your household or support bubble
* Wash hands regularly
* Wear a face covering in places where social distancing may be difficult (unless exempt) and
* Social distance by two metres in public

Residents who need help and support when self-isolating should visit the council website where information can be found on eligibility criteria for a self-isolation grant.

Advice for workplaces:

* All retail staff should wear a face covering unless they are always behind a screen
* Retail outlets are advised to enforce strict social distancing
* Retail outlets are advised to report generally poor customer compliance with face covering to Cheshire Police
* All venues including takeaways must enforce strict social distancing, including of queues outside premises.

9 Comments

  1. Chris B says:

    In the “old days” people who “had to ” drink alcohol in public were rarely seen, but instead, would frequent old buildings or bomb-sites where they could indulge without offending the rest of the population. Nowadays, we have to endure the offensive appearance of several old blokes in the centre of our beautiful town swigging beer in, what I believed was, an Alcohol Free zone.
    If you are wearing a face covering, you are in the minority and Social Distancing is something practiced by very few people.

  2. Cheryl Harrison says:

    Everyday the square in Nantwich is crowded with people sitting on the benches drinking alcohol in one corner …..and all the other benches filled with people eating and drinking coffee ..I saw families stood in shop doorways eating fish and chips! not much distancing going on either …get with the program! Go home and stay home

    • JM says:

      Well said Cheryl,
      Why are people so intent on risking theirs & others lives just to to drink takeaway coffee ,tea ,pizza ,chips etc?
      Is that Essential???Everyone will have water ,a kettle ,tea , coffee at home. Why sit on every bench ,walls ,steps ,doorways , standing in groups chatting with no social distancing at all? Do they think coronavirus doesn’t exist in Nantwich ?
      All this can be done from the safety of your home. It’s their stupidity that will make the rest of us, helping to stop the spread of COVID-19 and doing the right thing, lock down for longer .
      Where are the Police and Cheshire East Council to move these people on ?
      For some of the shops, which are open, its hard to believe that they are only there for click & collect when lights are on ,doors open, appear to have staff behind the counters. This encourages people to think things are normal so will wander & linger .
      The message is very simple from the government .
      STAY AT HOME

  3. Steve Marvell says:

    We are well below the national average so sounds more scaremongering

    • Eric says:

      The objective is to reduce the number of infections in Cheshire East not to stay below the national average. It assumes the national average level is OK which it isn’t.

  4. Lesley Sutton says:

    Why is the testing station in nantwich basically empty when people in nantwich are told no testing appointment available

    • Graham says:

      The testing availability is not just the space at the testing center, it’s related to the whole testing process. If the labs don’t have capacity then performing more tests is counterproductive because those people won’t get their results for several days and the test could potentially be invalidated.

  5. Chris Edwards says:

    Then i suggest you tell parents who collect kids from schools go straight home and not hang around talking after collecting them

  6. EL says:

    I completely agree with all the above recommendations, but not with their figures. According to official figures the average number of new cases in Cheshire East per 100,000 in the week to 15 Nov was 220, down by 16 from the previous week, and the average figure for the whole of England was 216. So new cases are falling and we shall soon be below the average and then below the figure of 200, which I believe was the figure used to put us into the Tier 2 level.

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