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Saturday, 18 May 2024 – 11:36

Extra coronavirus support to be deployed in three areas of Eastern England

Extra COVID-19 support is being sent to a number of local authorities in the East of England from Monday as a result of high virus cases in the area.

The UK Health Security Agency made the announcement on Sunday that additional support will be deployed to Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Suffolk.

Among the support headed to the region includes;

  • extra testing for COVID-19
  • further help for local public health campaigns
  • targeted support to maximise vaccine and testing uptake
  • temporary extra measures in education settings

According to the agency, the decision to deploy additional support was made in partnership with local authorities and is based on the latest data.

While the additional support is expected to be deployed in the region from Monday, there will be no major new restrictions introduced and children will return to school as planned following the half-term break.

Speaking about the decision to deploy extra support, Chief Executive of the UK Health Security Agency Jenny Harries said;

“Everybody, especially in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Suffolk, can take simple steps to protect themselves by getting vaccinated, wearing face coverings in crowded places, letting in fresh air when mixing indoors and washing their hands regularly.

“Getting vaccinated is the best way we can protect ourselves from becoming unwell with COVID-19. I encourage everyone who is eligible to come forward for their jab as soon as possible – whether that’s a first, second or booster dose.”

The latest coronavirus data shows that the most recent recorded 7-day case rate of the virus in Cambridgeshire was 470.5 cases per 100,000 people – compared to 525.1 cases per 100,000 people in Peterborough, and 473.4 cases per 100,000 people in Suffolk.

The most recent UK-wide coronavirus case rate stood at 435.3 cases per 100,000 people.

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