Corby residents now need to follow stricter guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus after the number of new cases in the city has increased.
Last week, households in Northampton were told they needed to take urgent action and take 12 steps to reduce Covid-19 after the city was identified as a "problem area" because of their response to the pandemic.
Now those in Corby have been told that they must follow the same rules after the number of new cases continues to exceed those expected by medical experts.
Lucy Wightman, director of public health at Public Health Northamptonshire, explained the situation as follows: "Our message is to continue the restrictions of Northampton and Corby, based on the latest trend data.
"When we look at the total weekly numbers, we still have Corby, Kettering and Northampton above average for cases. This is cause for concern and we continue to monitor the other boroughs and boroughs."
Ms. Wightman warned that there was no "smoking weapon" that would signal a specific cause for the new cases in Corby, but said it was probably a mix of factors such as meeting people at work and then following up Return home or get to know others.
The increase in cases means that Corby residents are advised to follow the new Northamptonshire County Council guidelines. The 12 guidelines are:
- Limit contact with other people outside your household or your bladder
- Work from home if you can
- Always keep 2 meters away from others
- Use a face cover if you are less than 2 meters apart
- Avoid public transportation or car sharing. Wear facewear when you can't avoid it
- If you have Covid 19 symptoms, stay at home, isolate yourself, and get tested
- Avoid hitting people outside of your home or bubbling inside
- Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly for 20 seconds each time
- Do not share items with others outside of your household or bladder
- If you have Covid 19 symptoms, do not go to work, do not work from home, or report sick, isolate yourself, and get tested
- Even if you have mild symptoms of Covid 19, get tested
- If you are contacted via test and traceability and asked to isolate yourself, stay home for 14 days
Meanwhile, Northampton has remained on a coronavirus watchlist for a second week in a row after many new cases have occurred in the city.
Fears that Northampton might be forced to block the tenant rose last week after the city was rated "worrying" by Public Health England.
Despite the Council's new guidelines on social distancing, Northampton remained on the NHS coronavirus watchlist.
Although Northampton remains a concern, it has avoided taking more restrictive blocking measures that have taken place this morning in areas of the north such as Manchester.
But Ms. Wightman warned that the residents had not yet left the forest and had to remain vigilant to avoid worsening the situation.
She said: "We don't want to impose overly restrictive restrictions.
"We know that we are not in the same position as Leicester City and Manchester, but if we do not continue to work, we will have to take these much more important steps in the end."
Meanwhile, Jonathan Nunn, chairman of the Northampton Borough Council, said he was satisfied with the work his government had done on viruses and believed that the government thought the same.
When asked whether the Council and the media were blowing up the situation disproportionately, he said that he would rather be excessively cautious than face the alternative.
Cllr Nunn said: "We are at higher risk than other parts of the country. These facts are irrefutable.
"I would rather be called an anxiety maker than be asked in three months why I didn't do anything."
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