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Coronavirus: Peterborough no longer 'area of concern'

Peterborough's "good work" has seen the city removed from the national covid-19 watchlist, meaning it is no longer an area of concern.

But as national rates of the virus increase, people are being urged to keep up the good work by following the rules to keep themselves and their loved ones safe and to avoid a second lockdown. 

Data released by Public Health England shows that for the most recent week, the national rate of Covid 19 cases has risen to 36 per 100,000 population, while Peterborough’s rate is more stable and is currently 13 cases per 100,000 population.

As a result, the city has been removed from the national Watch List as an area of concern.  

However, Dr Liz Robin, Director of Public Health for Peterborough City Council, has warned that although the city is no longer on the Watch List, there is now more of a need than ever, with rates rising nationally, for people to follow the guidance which includes limiting contact with others.  

Dr Robin said: “We have seen some fantastic work taking place across Peterborough in recent months to get the messages across about the need to act responsibly and follow public health advice to limit the spread of the virus.

This really has been a collective effort which has helped to reduce positive cases and avoided a local lockdown situation similar to what we have seen in other areas of the country. I cannot thank our community enough for their hard work and the sacrifices they have made for themselves, their family, friends and work colleagues. 

“We must not undo this good work and allow the virus to take a grip on our city, in the way it has in other cities which are similar to our own. 

“Cases of the virus are increasing nationally at an alarming rate and we are aware that the virus could be much more prevalent in our city than the latest data suggests. This may be a result of people not being able to easily access tests because of the issues with the national testing system.  

"As a result I would strongly urge people to continue to follow the advice. Remember that the more households you mix with on a regular basis, the greater your chance of catching the virus. If you have symptoms, please self-isolate along with everyone you live with and continue trying to book a test. 

“The city and the country are at a crucial point – please follow the advice, don’t throw away all our good work and help reduce the spread of the virus. You’ll be keeping your loved ones safe and helping to avoid a second damaging lockdown.”