Luton Borough Council
10/11/2020 - Luton's coronavirus cases rising at an alarming rate
Public health officials in Luton are echoing the government’s message and urging residents to stay at home as much as possible, only going out for permitted reasons.
New evidence shows a dramatically worrying increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in the town.
Infection rates are already at over 250 per 100,000 and look set to soon reach 300 per 100,000.
This is extremely serious and would take Luton far higher than anywhere else in the East of England with the consequence that more people will become seriously ill placing additional pressure on our health services.
The story behind these figures is of great concern. Cases in the over 60s age group now is over 200 per 100,000. Throughout the pandemic, data has shown older people to be consistently at greater risk of serious complications if they are unfortunate enough to contract the disease.
We have seen deaths significantly increase over the last seven days, which will start showing in our published data in the coming weeks.
This goes to emphasise the terrible reality we are facing and is a tragic reminder, not just to family and friends of those who have died, but to all of us, that we are dealing with a killer.
The virus is highly contagious and easily passes between people, even when there aren’t evident symptoms. It is only by minimising contact with others – most especially older family and friends - that we can protect those we love. At the same time, it is really important to keep to the simple message of hands, face, space and self-isolate. Frequent attention to these basic rules are vital if we are to slow the spread of coronavirus in the town.
If you have symptoms, live with someone who does, or have been told by Test and Trace to self-isolate, you must stay at home. You cannot leave the house under any circumstances except to get a test. Not only can you face a fine for doing so, but your actions put others in danger.
We are asking government for support to enable us to do more testing. When our numbers were high earlier in the summer, we were able to reduce them by getting more people tested and we are confident we will be able to do the same now if we are given more resources.
In a joint statement, councillor Khtija Malik, portfolio holder for Public Health and Lucy Hubber, Director of Public Health (Interim), said: “We are already at a highly critical moment here in Luton and in danger of things getting even more serious. We all have a part to play in combating the disease. We have shown we were able stop the spread of coronavirus in the past and we can do so again.
“The heart-wrenching deaths of the last week are not statistics. They are family and friends, leaving behind them the deepest of sorrows. At this time of crisis we must all pull together again, stay at home, keep all social interactions outside our household to an absolute minimum and protect our community and the ones we love.”
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