The chief executive of Preston City Council has warned people’s health and the economy are at risk from complacency over coronavirus in Preston.Advertisement
Speaking on BBC Radio Lancashire, Adrian Philips said people had relaxed since the easing of lockdown, leading to a rise in infection rates in Preston.
Now, with the city on the brink of a local lockdown, Mr Philips reinforced the need for people to practice good hand hygiene, social distancing and wearing masks.
Preston City Council has already asked residents to help prevent the spread of the virus so stricter measures are not implemented, but data from Public Health England has shown a rise in new Covid-19 cases in the city.
Preston recorded 49 new cases of coronavirus in the week to 31 July, and there were 18 cases recorded on 29 July alone. This equated to almost 35 cases per 100,000 population.
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Mr Philips said: “We’ve been really pro-active, working with public health colleagues, and the communities who are the most important, to reinforce the key messages.
“It’s down to all our individual and collective behaviours.
“It’s repeating the same old messages around the enormous importance of hand hygiene, keeping those two metres apart, making sure you wear a mask wherever you should be wearing a mask, and not hand shaking – all those things we have been told about.
“There’s nothing, in a way, more complicated than that.
“But we know that people’s behaviour has changed, they’ve relaxed – whether there’s some complacency and the virus has increased after the lockdown was softened and we have got increasing rates – and yes, we are really concerned, not so much about what the government may do but about the impact it ay have on people’s health and the health of the economy.”
Yesterday (Wednesday August 4) Lancashire’s director of public health Dr Sakthi Karunanithi said he expects stricter rules to be imposed throughout the city as they have been in other parts of Lancashire.
Dr Sakthi told BBC Radio Lancashire that he expects the government to impose restrictions “in the next few days”.
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