RESIDENTS and visitors to Cambridge are being urged to continue following the coronavirus safety rules and guidance after an increase in the number of positive cases in the city.
Cambridge City Council is working closely with Cambridgeshire County Council’s Public Health team, Public Health England, communities and other partners to help stop further transmission of the virus.
The contacts and movements of confirmed positive cases have been robustly traced and all those who are deemed at risk of infection have been advised to self-isolate.
There were 81 cases in the seven days up to 23 April and the seven day case rate shows figures rising from a low of 10.4 per 100,000 on 7 April to 64.9 per 100,000 on 23 April (data here: https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/cases?areaType=ltla%26areaName=Cambridge#card-recent_7-day_case_rates_by_specimen_date)
Robert Pollock, Cambridge City Council’s Chief Executive, said: “The rise in cases in Cambridge is concerning and we are working at pace with our partners to track contacts and prevent further transmission of the virus.
“We know that the virus has spread through people not following the rules closely enough, so ahead of the bank holiday weekend I would ask everyone to please think carefully about their plans.
“After so many months of restrictions it’s natural for all of us to want to get together with family and friends but we need to do that safely to stop further spread of the virus and avoid putting at risk the next phase of unlocking.
“It really is important that we all stick to the rule of six or two households meeting outdoors and do not mix socially indoors with anyone outside of our household or bubble at any time.
“Outdoors is best for meeting and if you are getting together please do so safely and try to stay away from over-crowded places where social distancing is more challenging.
“Keep a two metre distance from anyone who is not in your household, even if you’ve had a vaccine and do continue to remember hands, face and space and fresh air.
“We all want get on with our lives and have our freedoms back. The best way to make that happen is to keep the virus under control. That means all of us, individually and collectively, looking out for each other and sticking to the rules.”
For information on the number of cases in Cambridge go to: https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/cases?areaType=ltla&areaName=Cambridge
Information about the coronavirus rules and advice is on the government website www.gov.uk/coronavirus
For more information on the council’s work to tackle coronavirus, including the financial help available go to: https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/coronavirus
The partners’ social media channels will also have the latest information.