Friday, 20 November 2020


19 November 2020

It’s essential – Norfolk must follow Covid   restrictions to halt rise in cases

As rates of coronavirus in   Norfolk continue to rise, people are being urged to stick to the essentials   and follow the national guidelines.

The current restrictions mean   that people should only leave home if it is essential:

  • To shop for essentials

  • To do essential work, because you cannot work from home

  • To only carry out essential journeys

  • For essential education

  • For essential exercise.

It is also essential that people isolate immediately if they have symptoms, test positive or have had   close contact with someone who has coronavirus and it is essential to work with NHS Test and Trace and local contact tracing teams, to help keep communities safe.

Cllr Andrew Proctor, Chair of   the Norfolk Engagement Board and Leader of Norfolk County Council, said: “It   is essential that Norfolk follows the national restrictions to halt the   ongoing rise in Covid cases.

“That means only leaving home   for essential reasons and if you do need to leave home, following the hands, face, space advice.

“It’s essential that you work with contact tracing teams if you test positive because it is our most   effective way to track the virus and keep people safe. We know isolating is   inconvenient, but it is absolutely vital – you don’t have to have symptoms to   spread this virus and anyone can catch it and pass it on.

“As councils we are here to  help – if you need support to isolate or you are struggling to get access to   food or medicines please contact us so that we can get you what you need. “

In Norfolk rates of   coronavirus have increased from 100 per 100,000 in the week to November 6 to   149 in the week to November 13. The highest rates are currently in South   Norfolk (222) and Great Yarmouth (214).

Cases in South Norfolk are   thought to be linked to social gatherings in the lead up the national   restrictions coming into effect two weeks ago. Those affected are mainly   working age adults and it is believed that most cases can be traced back to   events that happened in the days before lockdown.

Dr Louise Smith, Director of   Public Health for Norfolk, said: “It’s essential that people stay home as   much as possible. It is essential those with symptoms isolate and get a test   and it essential that people work with test and trace teams and give details   of their contacts.

“If you’ve been in contact   with someone who has the virus you can’t test your way out of isolating – you   might be carrying and passing on the virus even if you don’t have symptoms or   you’ve had a negative test. It’s essential that we all work together to   reduce the spread of the virus, so that we can protect our loved ones and our   communities.”

Dr Smith said those who   should be isolating should also try to stay away from other members of their   households, if possible, to prevent passing on the virus.

She added: “If you have   symptoms, you should stay away from other people you live with as much as   possible. I know this isn’t practical for everyone but if you can avoid   sharing beds, using shared spaces and use a separate bathroom if you have   one, then that can help you to protect your family.”

As national restrictions   continue Covid marshalls or support officers continue to be recruited and   deployed across the county.  The aim is for them to advise, educate, and   engage with businesses and members of the public – being the eyes and the   ears and report back concerns and repeat offenders. They are also doing leaflet dropping and working closely with the police around how to enforce   the restrictions.

If people need help and support to isolate they can visit    or call 0344 800 8020.


Last week’s figures are in   brackets.

Seven day incidence per   100,000 on November 13:

  • Breckland:        137 ( 76)

  • Broadland:        149 (113)

  • Great Yarmouth:  216 (165)

  • King’s Lynn and West Norfolk: 118 (134)

  • North Norfolk: 56 (40)

  • Norwich:  142 (84)

  • South  Norfolk: 222 (86)


Businesses: 20 (15)

Education: 20 (15)

Care providers: 54 (39)

NHS advice on isolating at home:

If you can:

  • stay on your own in one room as much as possible and keep the door closed

  • avoid using shared spaces (such as the kitchen) at the same time as other        people – eat your meals in your room

  • use a separate bathroom - otherwise, use the bathroom after everyone else and clean it each time you use it, for example, by wiping the surfaces you've touched

  • wash your hands with soap and water often, for at least 20 seconds

  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

  • clean objects and surfaces you touch often (such as door handles, kettles and        phones) using your regular cleaning products

  • consider wearing a face covering when in shared spaces

  • keep  windows open in the room you're staying in and shared spaces as much as possible


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 For further information please contact:
 Communications Team at Norfolk County Council
 Tel: 01603 228888

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