The latest testing information shows a large rise in positive coronavirus cases in Ipswich. Residents and businesses must act now to reduce the spread of the coronavirus if we are to avoid people becoming ill as well as the possibility of further restrictions being necessary in the town after the end of the national lockdown.
In some parts of Ipswich, there are currently more than 150 per 100,000 people who have tested positive for Coronavirus and the overall rate for the Borough is perilously close to 100 per 100,000. This is a much higher rate than Suffolk as a whole.
There is evidence that a large number of cases in Ipswich involve household transmission, especially where people are visiting friends and family.
People in Suffolk have been good at following the guidance to keep infection rates down, but we must do the following to address this current increase:
- Stay at home as much as possible, avoiding unnecessary journeys and work from home if you can. You must not leave or be outside of your home except for specific reasons.
- You should minimise time spent outside your home and reduce the number of people you come into contact with.
- Remember – ‘Hands. Face. Space.’
More detail about the above is available at www.ipswich.gov.uk/CovidInIpswich as well as information about how to self-isolate, financial support for those self-isolating as well as other sources of information and support.
Says Cllr David Ellesmere, Leader of the Ipswich Borough Council,
“Coronavirus numbers have generally been lower in Ipswich than the national average but that situation is changing and we have recently seen a large increase in local cases. We need to fight this upward trend. By following the rules and doing what we should we will help prevent illness and maximise the chances of the town returning to the lowest level of restrictions nationally when the national lockdown ends.
“We need to help each other – by staying at home as much as possible and remembering: Hands. Face. Space. We can beat coronavirus if we all pull together now – Stick With It Suffolk.”