In the last few weeks we have moved into a new phase with COVID. The low rates of infection across the UK and locally mean that we can get out and about more and the risk of catching COVID is also much lower. Our rates are now similar to the position we were in during summer 2020 with cases hovering around the low teens to twenties.

Currently we have a rate of 21 cases per 100,000 people in the latest week from 16-22 April, or 46 new cases. We are also seeing very few cases in the over 60s as we see the impact of vaccination locally.

We predict at this point that we will continue to see cases locally and, until more people are vaccinated, we will see clusters of cases and potentially some outbreaks. The virus is still around and a recent outbreak in a small business showed how easily the virus can take hold. It only takes a few more cases for the virus to begin spreading again and for numbers to accelerate.

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