Covid cases are on the rise, and we are again being urged to do all we can to protect ourselves and others from the virus.
Local data and a survey from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show the number of positive cases is rising swiftly. Currently, some 2.7% of the population in Cornwall are thought to have the virus.
This comes as thousands of people prepare to make the trip down for holidays and festivals. Residents and visitors alike are being asked to make sure they and their families are fully vaccinated against Covid, and to get the spring booster, if eligible.
Remember the basics to keep the virus at bay:
- wash or sanitise hands regularly
- try to meet outdoors if possible
- keep indoor spaces well ventilated
- wear a mask if you can in busy indoor settings
- don’t mix with people if you’re feeling unwell.
Andy Virr is Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for adults and public health, and is also an emergency department consultant at the Royal Cornwall Hospital. He said: “There is a perception that Covid doesn’t cause serious illness anymore, but I can assure people that this is far from the truth. The virus is still causing some people to become very ill, and sadly continues to cause deaths.
“I can’t stress enough that the best way for people to protect themselves and others is to get vaccinated. So if you haven’t already, book yourself in for a jab and get that spring booster if you’re eligible. You can book on the NHS website or by calling 119. You can also find out where your nearest drop-in vaccination clinic is on the NHS Kernow website.
“I would especially encourage parents of children aged five to 11 to get them vaccinated, as uptake for this cohort in Cornwall has been slower than many other parts of the country.”