Rutland and Melton MP addresses rising Covid-19 infection rates in her latest column
In her latest column, Rutland and Melton MP Alicia Kearns talks about the rising Covid-19 infection rates:
Locally I know residents will be concerned by media reports of rising infection rates in Melton, Peterborough, Northampton and how these higher rates of infection might impact us in Rutland. I will focus on Melton, as this is closest to us. While there has been a rise in cases, just 16 cases in total were recorded last week in Melton, and preventative action is being taken to make sure we identify and isolate the virus. From today there will be a new testing site established in Melton and I have urged residents there to immediately self-isolate and book a test should they develop symptoms. There are no current plans to lockdown Melton, and the enhanced testing regime is being put in place specifically to prevent further action being needed.
Nationally, the evidence shows that infection rates are slowly rising. I have always been honest with residents that any moderate easing of lockdown restrictions were, and will continue to be, subject to our continued progress in combatting the virus. This is why the Government was, unfortunately, unable to reopen close contact services, bowling alleys and other parts of our economy scheduled for last Saturday which I know has been a real disappointment to many of our local businesses. This is also why the guidance on where face coverings should be worn has been extended, and from August 8, they will become legally enforceable in; beauty salons, social clubs, cinemas, theatres, bingo halls and other social spaces.