People in Wakefield urged 'not to become complacent' as Covid case rates fall slightly

People in Wakefield are being warned they must 'not become complacent' about coronavirus restrictions, as another fall in case rates is recorded.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 8:30 pm
Updated Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 9:24 am

According to the latest data from Public Health England, the rate of cases in the district has now fallen to 120.3 per 100,000 people, down from 133.5 per 100,000 a week earlier.

A total of 24,191 people have tested positive for Covid-19 to date, up from 22,938 at the start of the month.

But Wakefield Council is warning people to continue following all coronavirus restrictions, as case rates remain far above the national average.

People in Wakefield are being warned they must 'not become complacent' about coronavirus restrictions, as another fall in case rates is recorded.

Councillor Faith Heptinstall, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults, Health and Wellbeing, said: “Thanks to all the hard work of people across the district to stay at home as much as possible the rates are heading in the right direction.

"However, week on week we are only seeing a very small decrease and cases still remain very high. We must not become complacent – let’s all continue to play our part and drive the infection rate down.”

There are currently 63 Covid-19 patients being cared for by The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, compared to 78 the previous week.

At least 750 people in the district have died with 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test.

And at least 1,023 patients have died from the virus while in the care of Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, though this includes patients from Dewsbury.

Jo Webster, Chief Officer at NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “While there is a very slight reduction in the number of COVID-19 patients this week, it is vital that we all continue to play our part to keep everyone safe.

“By following the national guidance, including social distancing and self-isolating immediately if you have any symptoms, you can help keep you, your family and your community safe. You can find out more about what you need to do on the NHS website www.nhs.uk.

“You can also help your NHS by choosing the most appropriate local service if you or your family need healthcare. If you’re not sure which service to use and it’s not a life-threatening emergency, call NHS111 or visit 111.nhs.uk.”

People in the Wakefield district who live with school students or teachers are now eligible to apply for regular, rapid testing to help stop the spread of the virus.

Residents can either attend one of the community test sites regularly, or collect packs of home test kits for families to use at home.Anna Hartley, Director of Public Health for the Wakefield district, said: “There were sadly 6 Covid-19 related deaths in local hospitals in the last week. This is a drop from 14 the previous week, but it is still 6 too many, and our sympathies go out to the families, friends, and colleagues of those who have died.

“Now more than ever we must not become complacent, and we risk undoing all the hard work and risk rates rising. We must all continue to take immediate action to protect ourselves and others from the very real threat of Covid-19, even if you have had your vaccine, and continue to stay at home.

"The less that people mix, the less chance the virus has of mutating and becoming resistant to the vaccine. This is so vitally important. So please keep going and stay at home as much as possible. By working together we can slow the spread and save lives."