Raised Covid rates in Mole Valley

Since the start of November Mole Valley district has been either at the top, or near the top, of the Surrey Covid league table.

This has prompted a fresh plea from Council Leader Stephen Cooksey for residents to observe the guidelines.

On November 10th Cllr Cooksey said: “Over the last few weeks, we have seen a rapid rise in levels of Coronavirus across Mole Valley. Our number of cases are currently higher than any other Surrey area.

"We are naturally very concerned about this and are asking everyone to be extra vigilant in playing their part by following the national restrictions. This will help keep people of all ages in Mole Valley stay safe, save lives, protect the NHS and help ensure that when we emerge from this national lockdown we do so with the lowest level of restrictions.

Latest data shows that by the end of the week (Nov 13th) Mole Valley had fallen to third place in the list of 11 Surrey districts, with the rate of infection per 100,000 people at 178, compared to more than 200 a week earlier.

This compares with an average infection rate in England of 223 per 100,000.

But since mid-October rates of infection in Mole Valley have been rising at a faster pace than several other Surrey districts. In mid-October the district was in sixth position out of 11, whereas in recent weeks we have been firmly in one of the top three spots.

Cllr Cooksey re-iterates the medical advice:

“The purposes you can leave home for include work and education and some exercise close to home. More details are on the government’s website.

“If you must leave your home, please remember:

HANDS – Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser if washing facilities are not available.

FACE – Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.

SPACE – Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors).

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