Plea over ‘rampant’ Covid cases in Nottinghamshire district

‘Huge’ concerns have been raised over a district’s rise in coronavirus cases.

The latest coronavirus figures for Ashfield show the district recorded a rate of 695.8 new coronavirus cases in the seven days to October 11, with 893 new cases.

By comparison, the rate increased from 525.2 in the week up to October 4 with 674 new cases.

Leader of Ashfield District Council, Councillor Jason Zadrozny, issued plea to the public, urging people to take precautions and not to “take your eye off the ball”.

He said: “The levels of positive COVID tests remain significantly higher in Ashfield than the vast majority of the country.

“This is a huge concern and that’s why we have been pushing NHS bosses to improve access to vaccination levels via their mobile units.

“I repeat to residents my plea for them to follow social distancing guidelines. Covid has not gone away and there’s no pretending otherwise.

“It’s rampant in our district and I plead with residents to take precautions including wearing masks on public transport, shops and when they are engaging with others.

Leader of Ashfield District Council, Councillor Jason Zadrozny
Leader of Ashfield District Council, Councillor Jason Zadrozny

“Please don’t take your eye off the ball. We will continue to work with the NHS to ensure residents can get their jabs.”

The figures, for the seven days to October 11, are based on the number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in either a lab-reported or rapid lateral flow test, by specimen date.

The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.

Vaccination rates have remained low in the district.

The high rate of Covid cases has led to new arrangements for an NHS vaccination bus to visit the district.

Every Nottinghamshire district has experienced a recent sharp surge in Covid cases, with Ashfield recording the fourth-highest rise in the UK.

Residents in Sutton-in-Ashfield said they were hoping that things can improve after Ashfield recorded the fourth-highest rise in Covid cases throughout the UK recently.

Lyn Collins, 62, said: “That news is obviously not good.

“That is it, though, every area is having it bad, every place has had it bad, and now it is bad here but you just have to get on with it now.

“I hope this doesn’t mean places will start to close again!

“I hope nothing changes around here, I’m sure it won’t.”

John Colby, 67, added: “I’m just sick of hearing about it now.

“Most people here I see do take precautions – they wear masks and they keep their distance.

“If you’re doing that, what more can you do?”