Health chiefs across the North
East and North Cumbria are warning local communities to remain
vigilant and #doyourbit to prevent lockdowns and protect each other
While rates of the virus have
remained generally stable across the region, health and care
leaders are reminding communities that this could change at any
point and they must not become complacent.
As many other areas in the
country face the prospect of local lockdowns, leaders are saying
now is the time to make sure people are aware of the rules and to
be clear of the consequences of not following them. In some cases,
you could be breaking the law and people found flouting these rules
could be fined.
They are reminding people
The government has also
introduced fines for those who hold illegal gatherings of over 30
people. If you are found to be involved in the holding of
an illegal gathering of more than 30 people, police may
issue fines of up to £10,000 to those who break the
Professor Chris Gray, clinical
lead for the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System
said: "So far in our region the rates have remained stable but
people must not become complacent - this could change at any time
and we are all at risk. Please don't think the virus has
disappeared or that the rules don't matter - they do and your
actions can make all the difference.
"The virus is still very much
out there and the last thing we all need is another lockdown or
even worse, to put at risk some of the vulnerable people in our
communities or our dedicated health and care staff and other key
workers who have done so much to protect us.
"Even if you're young, fit and
healthy you can still pass on the virus to others - which could be
your parents or grandparents."
Symptoms of coronavirus include
a high temperature, new continuous cough and a loss or change in
your sense of taste and smell. If you experience any of these
symptoms, you must isolate immediately and call 119 and arrange for
If you develop symptoms your
household contacts will also be required to self-isolate. More
information on self-isolation is available on the NHS website.
Published 7th Sept
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