Council dismiss reports Wiltshire could be next local lockdown

Council dismiss reports Wiltshire could be next local lockdown

Published by Jack Deery at 5:32pm 30th June 2020. (Updated at 6:08am 1st July 2020)

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There were newspaper reports that the county was one of the locations at risk of being closed off again.

Wiltshire Council have dismissed suggestions that the county could be one of the next areas to go into a local lockdown. 

It comes after some reports today that it could be on a list of cities and counties to be next due to a recent increase in the number of cases.

The authority say that there have been a recent weekly 300% increase of new cases in the county, but this just equals an increase from one to four new cases

Shop closed due to coronavirus (Mike Draper)
Non-essential shops now have to close again for two weeks in Leicester after they were put back into lockdown

550 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the Wiltshire Council area, which they say is still comparatively low nationally. 

It also has the sixth lowest rate of cases per 100,000 resident population

It was announced yesterday that Leicester would become the first after a spike in cases.

Kate Blackburn, Interim Director for Public Health at Wiltshire Council, said: 

"All the data suggests Wiltshire residents have been disciplined in following the guidance and social distancing measures, and there is currently no reason to believe that will change significantly any time soon. However, the Local Outbreak Management Plan will ensure Wiltshire Council and our partners can keep a close eye on any changes.

We all need to work together to ensure this plan is as effective as it can be, should there be a local outbreak. Together with our partners, we have made sure there is a strong framework in place to support an effective outbreak response.

However, we need communities up and down the county to play their role too and continue with their tremendous efforts so far to keep the infection at bay by following the guidelines closely."

WORKING WITH GOVERNMENT

The council say they will work with the Government to support test and trace services in the area. 

A Wiltshire Outbreak Engagement Board will be also be set up "imminently", which will chaired by the Council's leader, Phillip Whitehead.

They say this will "ensure that local residents and other stakeholders in the public, private and third sectors all understand and support the need to comply with the rules and principles designed to prevent viral transmission."

A Local Outbreak Management Plan has now been published, and it can be found at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/public-health-coronavirus.

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