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Covid cases rise in Nottingham by 30% as health bosses warn it’s ‘spreading through communities’

today4 July 2022

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Health bosses are reporting Covid is “once again spreading through our communities” as two new sub-variants of Omicron prove a cause for concern. The sudden rise, by more than 30% in a week in Nottingham city, has prompted some relaxed rules to be reintroduced in some county hospitals.

In the seven days to June 26, according to the most recent available data from the Government, cases in Nottingham city have increased 33.2%. The total number increase by 121 to 485.

Similarly in Nottinghamshire total cases increased by 223 to 1,503. The rise in the city surpassed the national figures, whereby cases surged by 32% in the same week, with 2.3m cases recorded across the UK. According to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) roughly one in 30 now have Covid.

Health experts have put this sudden rise down to a number of sub-variants of Omicron. The UKHSA says there are two “variants of concern” driving cases and these are known as BA.4 and BA.5.

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Speaking of the situation in the city and county Amanda Sullivan, chief executive of NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, said: “As much as we’d all like to put the pandemic behind us, Covid-19 has not gone away. Unfortunately, it is very much still here and is once again spreading through our communities.

“We are seeing rising cases in our hospitals again and protecting our staff and patients from the virus is a very high priority for us. Therefore, like the rest of the country, we are asking the public to wear masks and take precautions before entering our hospitals, GP surgeries and other healthcare locations.

“However, we want everyone to enjoy the summer period, to be safe and to make sure they are protected from the virus. We will continue to urge the public to make sure they are up to date on their vaccinations, take basic precautions in public settings and stay at home if you are experiencing any symptoms.

“The public can also help by making sure they choose the right healthcare service for their needs to reduce overcrowding and pressure on services. If you are unsure which service you need, please use NHS 111 online.”

Due to the rising numbers of cases in the community some hospitals have made it mandatory to wear facemasks on site again. Patients, visitors and employees at King’s Mill Hospital, Newark Hospital and Mansfield Community Hospital, which fall under the Sherwood Forest Hospitals trust, were again being asked to wear masks from the end of June.

Masks were relaxed in all but high-risk areas of Sherwood Forest Hospitals’ three sites. However, the trust now says the decision has been taken to reintroduce masks following of an increase in virus cases in the local community, among patients and employees.

At NUH’s two sites, the Queen’s Medical Centre and City, masks only remain mandatory in clinical areas. The trust says masks are now optional in non-clinical areas, including corridors, retail outlets, restaurants and staff offices.

The rules were relaxed just two weeks prior at Sherwood.. Jonathan Gribbin, director of public health for the county, added: “The increase in rates is a reminder that Covid-19 hasn’t gone away. In view of this, a number of hospitals have reintroduced face coverings on their premises to protect their staff and patients. We can all follow simple steps to help protect ourselves and others.

“The UK Health and Security Agency advises the following: Make sure we are up to date with our vaccinations. These remain our best form of defence against the virus. It’s not too late to catch up if you’ve missed boosters or even first doses.

“If you have any symptoms of a respiratory infection and a high temperature or feel unwell, try to stay at home or away from others – especially those who are elderly or vulnerable. If you are meeting others indoors you should let lots of fresh air in. Open some windows to help with ventilation and in the sunny weather you could also plan to meet outside.

“Continue to practice good hand hygiene, frequently washing our hands for 20 seconds with hot water and soap. You can also wear a face covering in a crowded space, such as public transport.”

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