Is Nottingham going into lockdown? Why a rise in Covid-19 cases has sparked fears of new local restrictions
Nottingham could become the next area in England to go into a local lockdown after a “dramatic” rise in cases of Covid-19.
There has been no official announcement about restrictions in the area from the Government, but Nottingham City Council has urged people to “take action now” and stop mixing with individuals from outside their own household or social bubble.
Here’s everything you need to know about the coronavirus situation in Nottingham.
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How many cases are there in Nottingham?
There were a total of 1,465 cases of coronavirus in Nottingham from 27 September to 3 October, a huge rise on the previous week which saw 237 new cases.
This is equivalent to 440 cases per 100,000 people, a rise from 71.2 per 100,000 in the seven days to 26 September.
Why are there fears of a lockdown?
A social distancing sign at Nottingham University, as cases in the region rise (Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire)
Health officials are expecting the city to be placed in lockdown following the surge in cases, while Nottingham City Council is urging people to follow “stricter guidelines” to help curb the spread of the virus in the area.
The council has said it expects the Government to bring in similar restrictions later this week to those introduced in areas such as Manchester and Leeds, where people are not allowed to mix with people they do not live with.
Nottingham council is urging people in the area to act now however, ahead of any official announcement, by asking people to not mix indoors with people from other households, except those in their support bubbles.
What has been said about it?
Alison Challenger, Director of Public Health for Nottingham, said current restrictions in the city “are no longer enough to stop the spread of the virus”.
“We are seeing a dramatic increase in Covid-19 cases in Nottingham. Our rate of infection is now rising higher than many other parts of the country. This is a significant and worrying change.
“We will have to do more to keep people safe in Nottingham.”
As well as issuing advice to the general Nottingham population to “take action now” and refrain from indoor mixing, she specifically addressed the area’s student population.
“We strongly advise young people, including students in the city, to remain in their social bubbles and not mix in their homes with people from other households,” Ms Challenger added.
Cllr David Mellen, Leader of Nottingham City Council, also urged people to continue to “stick rigidly to the rules”, such as washing hands regularly, wearing a face covering and maintaining social distancing.
“We are reaching a critical point in managing the spread of the virus as we head towards winter. So, we have to keep going,” he added.
What have students got to do with it?
The return of tens of thousands of students to the area’s universities, including the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent, has coincided with the rise in cases.
The University of Nottingham recorded 443 cases in the week ending 2 October, including 106 cases among students in University halls, 226 students in private accommodation, 93 among students in purpose-built student accommodation, and eight cases among staff members.
Nottingham Trent University has also reported “a number of confirmed cases of coronavirus”, according to reports by Nottingham Post, but did not reveal the exact number.
Who should get a coronavirus test?
People are urged to get a Covid-19 test if they have any of the following symptoms:
• a high temperature• a new, continuous cough• a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
Book a test by calling 119 or online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus