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Spelthorne comes off government watchlist

Thursday 1st October 2020

The government has announced today that due to a fall in coronavirus infections, Spelthorne Borough has been take off the national Covid-19 watchlist and is no longer an ‘area of concern’.

Data shows that the infection rate in Spelthorne has come down to 25 people per 100,000 compared to 53.4 per 100,000 when it was added to the government watchlist.

Ruth Hutchinson, Surrey’s Director of Public Health said:

“People in Spelthorne have done a brilliant job of bringing the infection rates down in the Borough. There has obviously been a tremendous effort to follow the guidelines, and this is proof it works.

“However, I cannot emphasise enough how important it is that people keep up the good work. We are at a crucial point for Surrey and the rest of the country and we need to keep infection rates under control.

“There are no shortcuts when it comes to protecting ourselves, our loved ones and the NHS. Keep washing your hands, wear face coverings when required, limit the number of households you are in contact with and don’t get together in groups of more than 6.

“The situation can change quickly, so let’s all play our part to make sure that life can continue as normally as possible.”

If you have Coronavirus symptoms – a persistent cough, high fever, or a change in smell or taste – then you should book a test by calling 119 or by visiting www.nhs.co.uk/coronavirus. Slots are made available the evening before for morning appointments, and in the morning for afternoon appointments.

Preventative measures are the best way to avoid local lockdowns.

ENDS

 

Notes to Editors:

Weekly data for Surrey, including Districts and Boroughs can be found at: surreycc.gov.uk/covidcases

Coronavirus advice and guidance: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/emergency-planning-and-community-safety/coronavirus/latest-information-and-advice#advice

Surrey’s Local Outbreak Control Plan: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/emergency-planning-and-community-safety/coronavirus/testing

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