Another lockdown, but infection numbers are skyrocketing. 

The hospitals have been filling up with COVID patients, and we are seeing the onward march of this new COVID variant. So, the PMs broadcast on Monday night will not have been a surprise.

I have been watching the numbers carefully, locally and in other parts of the region, and the evidence is stark. On 29 December over 80,000 people tested positive for the virus and we have over 27,000 people in hospitals ill with COVID, but numbers are still increasing. The new variant is spreading rapidly and has an increased ability to transmit between people. Best read what our Director of Public Health says in her message here.

Unlike the first lockdown in March 2020, the roll out of the two+ vaccines over the coming months is our way out of the pandemic. The task is massive and nothing like it has been done before, so we must expect a few ’issues’ on the road, but we are making good progress.

Find out more here.

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