Stay alert to Covid-19 - the numbers are still too high
The easing of some lockdown restrictions has already led to a large increase in the number of people travelling, meeting up and returning to work – footfall in Bradford city centre is estimated to have risen by as much as 60 per cent since non-essential retailers were allowed to reopen their doors on June 15.
This is expected to grow further from this Saturday as pubs, cafes, hotels, restaurants, guest houses, camp sites and hairdressers all over the district are given the go-ahead to reopen to customers for the first time since March.
Over the past two weeks, the Bradford District has seen a decline in the number of cases of Covid-19 but today we have issued a warning that the number of people testing positive for the virus is still too high - and that the risk of localised outbreaks remains.
Public Health England data quoted in the press has revealed that Bradford has one of the highest infection rates in the UK. Bradford, Barnsley and Rochdale are all quoted as having infection rates of 45 or more cases per 100,000 people in the last week.
Please see our website for a statement and advice from our Director of Public Health Sarah Muckle about how you can help to reduce the risk of infection as we take more steps to return to a more life.
The advice to residents is that people can still have the virus despite showing no symptoms and that everybody should continue to:
- Wash their hands frequently
- Stay at home as much as possible
- Stay two metres apart from people who are not in their household
Do you need help or support?
If you need help or have a particular need please ring and talk to one of our friendly team who will take some details and pass them onto the relevant service. Call 01274 431000 or for BSL text 07790 347389.
We can help by:
- helping you get a priority shopping delivery slot
- arranging food parcels for people on the government shielded list who need them
- ringing for a friendly chat
- referring people who are not shielded who need emergency food to one of the district's food banks
See our website for more information about local support and volunteering to help others.
Stay at home as much as possible
- Work from home if you can
- Avoid public transport if possible
- Local parks and green spaces are available for your daily outdoor exercise
- Always keep your distance in public (at least 2 metres apart)
- Wash your hands regularly
- If you or anyone in your household has coronavirus symptoms, you must all self-isolate
See the latest Government guidance on staying alert and safe.
Stay safe while out for exercise
Please follow the Government’s advice when leaving your home for exercise and observe the 2 metre rule for staying a safe distance apart. For more information about where you can walk in the Bradford district, and how to stay safe while you do so, visit our public green space and rights of way guidance page.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days