Yorkshire news New Covid variant has seen infections soar across Kirklees MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - In stark message council boss says the pandemic is now at a "critical phase"
Breaking News ! The new variant of Covid-19, which was identified late last year, now accounts for one in three of all new cases of coronavirus in Kirklees. And in the last seven days new infections soared by more than 60%. That was the stark message relayed to Kirklees Council by chief executive Jacqui Gedman last night (Jan 13). In an address to the first virtual meeting of full council in 2021, Ms Gedman said the authority was moving through a "critical phase" of the pandemic. And she exhorted residents across the borough to stick to government guidelines and to stay at home unless absolutely necessary. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Speaking ten days after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the latest national lockdown due to increasing rates of Covid-19, Ms Gedman said the new variant does not appear to cause more serious illness but that it is "significantly more transmissible". She said: "Our latest estimate is that the new strain now accounts for about one in three of all new cases in Kirklees. This is an increase from about one in ten last month. "In the latter part of 2020 we saw overall infections in Kirklees fall sharply to give us some of the lowest rates in the country but in the past three weeks new cases have increased once again.
." "The basic public health advice - hands, face, space - is as important now as it has been throughout the pandemic. Acting like you - or anyone you come into contact with - has the virus helps to keep to the rules."
She pledged that the council will continue to run essential services for residents as well as delivering rapid testing for the borough's critical workers, and that it would constantly review its service delivery "as we move through this critical phase of the pandemic." The authority has also offered its assistance to the NHS to support with the vaccination programme. In Kirklees the NHS is delivering the vaccine at: Huddersfield Royal Infirmary John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield GP-led centres in Batley, Dewsbury town centre, the Holme Valley, Huddersfield town centre and in Kirkburton. As of January 12 the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus reported by Kirklees Council was 24,373, with 1,384 in the last week – a rise of 35.7% on the previous week. Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust reported a total of 358 deaths so far.
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