Corby faces new coronavirus rules as Northampton appears on watchlist for second week in a row

Residents of Corby must now follow stricter guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus after the number of new cases continued to rise in the town.

Last week Northampton households were told they must take urgent action and follow 12 steps to reduce Covid-19 after the town was named as an “area of concern” because of its response to the pandemic.

Now those in Corby have been told they must follow the same rules after the number of new cases continued to exceed those expected by medical experts.

Explaining the situation Lucy Wightman, director of public health at Public Health Northamptonshire, said: “Our message is to continue restrictions of Northampton and Corby. That is base on the latest trend data.

“When we look at the weekly totals we still have Corby, Kettering and Northampton above the average for case instances. It is an area of concern and we continue to monitor the other districts and boroughs as well.”

Ms Wightman warned that there was no “smoking gun” that would signal one specific cause of the new cases in Corby but said it was likely a mix of factors, such as meeting people at work and then returning home or socialising with others.

The increase in cases means that residents of Corby are being advised to follow new guidelines put out by Northamptonshire County Council. The 12 guidelines are:

  • Limit contact with others outside of your household or bubble
  • Work from home if you can
  • Keep 2 metres from others at all times,
  • Use a face covering where you are less than 2 metres apart
  • Avoid using public transport or car sharing, wear face coverings if you cannot avoid these
  • If you have Covid-19 symptoms, stay at home, self-isolate and get a test
  • Avoid meeting those outside of your household or bubble in an indoor space
  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly for 20 seconds each time
  • Do not share items with others outside of your household or bubble
  • If you have Covid-19 symptoms, do not go to work, either work from home or report sick, self-isolate and get a test
  • Even if you only have mild Covid-19 symptoms, get a test
  • If you are contacted by test and trace and asked to self-isolate, stay at home for 14 days

Meanwhile, Northampton has remained on a coronavirus watchlist for a second week in a row after continue to see high numbers of the new cases in the town.

Fears that Northampton would be forced to renter lockdown were raised last week after the town was named as an area of “concern” by Public Health England.

Despite the council introducing its new social distancing guidance, Northampton has remained on the NHS’s coronavirus watchlist.

Although Northampton remains as an area of concern it has avoided being placed into more restrictive lockdown measures, which happened to areas of the North such as Manchester this morning.

Coronavirus in Northampton

But Ms Wightman warned that residents were not out of the woods yet and needed stay vigilant to avoid the situation getting worse.

She said: “We don’t want to put up restrictions that are overly restrictive.

“We know we are not in the same position as Leicester City and Manchester but if we don’t keep working we will end up having to take those much more significant steps.”

Lucy Wightman, director of public health at Public Health Northamptonshire, speaking about the outbreaks in Corby
Lucy Wightman, director of public health at Public Health Northamptonshire, speaking about the outbreaks in Corby

Meanwhile, Northampton Borough Council leader Jonathan Nunn said he was happy with the job his administration was doing in relation to virus and believed the Government thought the same.

When asked if the council and the media was blowing the situation out of proportion he said he would rather be overly cautious than face the alternative.

Cllr Nunn said: “We are at a higher risk than other parts of the country. Those facts are irrefutable.

“I would rather be called a scaremonger than be asked in three months why I failed to do anything.”

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