Cornwall designated ‘Enhanced Response Area’ to help tackle rise in Covid cases

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Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have been designated an ‘Enhanced Response Area’ (ERA) to help tackle the current rise in Covid-19 cases.

It means that additional resources will be made available by the government to help reinforce Cornwall Council’s efforts to stop the spread of the virus and keep residents safe, with more details expected next week.

Councillor Andy Virr, Portfolio Holder for Adults and Public Health, said: “We support the move to designate Cornwall an ERA.

“Cornwall and the South West continue to see rising case numbers due to the relaxation of restrictions, the ease with which the Delta variant can spread, and soaring visitor numbers.

“This comes at a time when the health and social care system is under considerable pressure, so we welcome any extra support that might help reduce case numbers and ease that burden.

“We would also urge anyone thinking of visiting Cornwall to book ahead and test regularly before they make the journey down. If you test positive or have Covid symptoms, please postpone your trip.”

Rachel Wigglesworth, Director of Public Health for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, added: “It is absolutely crucial that residents and visitors alike continue to take precautions and remain Covid-aware.

“Get both jabs as soon as you can as this not only protects yourself but also diminishes the virus’s ability to spread. If you have Covid symptoms then isolate immediately and book a PCR test. If you have no symptoms, please continue to test twice a week with rapid Lateral Flow Tests which are available for free from pharmacies or can be delivered to your home.

“We would also strongly advise people to do the things we already know help stop the spread of the virus. That means wearing a face covering in crowded areas, indoors or on public transport, keeping your distance from other people where possible, and washing or sanitising your hands regularly.”

To book or order a PCR test visit www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test To find out where you can pick up Lateral Flow Tests visit https://maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/ or to order them to be delivered to your home visit www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

For more on vaccinations and where to get your jabs visit www.kernowccg.nhs.uk

For national guidance visit;

www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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