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Rutland's director of public health urges caution as the Delta variant of Covid-19 spread rapidly across the border in Leicester

A public health director has warned that people will need to make their own decisions on keeping safe if coronavirus restrictions are lifted on June 21.

The Prime Minister is due to make an announcement next week on whether the so-called “Freedom Day” will go ahead.

Although the covid situation in Rutland is stable, a rapid increase in the Delta variant elsewhere could be a cause for concern.

Mike Sandys
Mike Sandys

Mike Sandys, the director of public health for Rutland and Leicestershire, believes we should all remain cautious, even if restrictions are lifted.

He said: “It’s a balance between freedom and the economy versus health.

“On June 21 I won’t stop wearing my face covering, I won’t be comfortable if people stand less than a metre away from me in the supermarket and I won’t be attending large gatherings, but people need to look at how they feel themselves about the risks.

“If the Delta variant takes hold, it really does rip through an unvaccinated population. We need to take care now so this doesn’t become an issue in Rutland.”

On Tuesday, the county recorded 12.5 cases per 100,000 people. This is the same as seven days ago.

The average number of cases for England is 40.6 per 100,000, which rose by 50 per cent in the same period.

Mike said: “The Delta variant is spreading rapidly. We can’t forget about social distancing, wearing masks and getting tested.”

Vaccinations remain a key part of the recovery and people should book an appointment as soon as they are eligible and not forget their second dose.

Looking ahead, Mike added: “We’ve seen with covid that there is always another twist in the tale. We have good vaccination coverage but there is always the chance a variant will come along that it doesn’t protect against.”

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