Covid case rates ‘extremely high’ in Surrey

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Covid-19 infection rates in Surrey are running at very high levels  with four Surrey districts (Guildford, Elmbridge, Waverley and Tandridge) in the top ten of infection rates in England, according to Surrey’s Director of Public Health.

Mole Valley is in 11th place with more than 600 cases in the seven days prior to Thursday December 2nd.  You can view the Coronavirus case rate figures for Surrey here.

This has prompted the Leader of Mole Valley District Council to issue the following statement:

“We have been advised by the Director of Public Health at Surrey County Council that Elmbridge, Guildford, Tandridge and Waverly are in the top ten infection rate areas in England. Mole Valley currently stands at number 11. There does not appear to be a specific or unique reason for this, but it provides a stark reminder that we must remain vigilant. As you may have seen or read on the news this past week, a new coronavirus variant of interest has been identified, Omicron. One case of this new strain has very recently been identified in Spelthorne. While the risks associated with the Omicron variant are yet to be fully understood, it stands to good reason it is treated with extreme caution.

“The government has taken action to introduce a series of temporary measures to slow down the spread of this mutation, including making face coverings compulsory in shops and public transport, in addition to a number of countries being put on the UK’s travel red list. You must now remember to take your face covering out with you, unless you are exempt, and adhere to the rules now in force once again.

“Vaccines remain our best defence against coronavirus. Guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has been updated very recently. Only days ago, anyone aged over 40 and over was to be offered the booster jab through the National Booking Service. The advice is that this should now be expanded to anyone aged 18 and over, when the NHS calls them forward. In addition, no earlier than 12 weeks after their first jab, a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine is being advised for young people aged 12 to 15 years. This is certainly very welcome news, particularly in light of the extremely high COVID-19 rates in Surrey at this moment in time."

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