Local last 7-day COVID-19 infections rise to 22 on the day county wide response team launched


9 new COVID-19 cases announced for Banbury in the last 24 hours

In the last 24 hours another 10 people from the north of the Cherwell District have been recorded as having a positive COVID-19 test result.

The latest figures show 3 news cases in the Neithrop area of town and 3 in Ruscote.   Another 3 new cases in Grimbsury take the total there to six in the last week.   In Deddington, Steeple Aston & Heyford 1 new case has been added to the six already announced in the last week.

The total number of reported positive cases for the north of the Cherwell District in the last week now stands at 22 people.

The increase in local cases comes on the day a new county-wide COVID secure team has been launched jointly by all the councils in the county.   The initiative is backed by Government funding and looks to ensure that businesses are complying with the rules such as the 10pm curfew on pubs, bars and restaurants.   They will also aim to give the public peace of mind when out and about.

The team will work alongside the existing city and district environmental health teams. Where data shows an emerging risk in a locality, the team will prioritise that area, increasing the impact of local intervention measures.

Ansaf Azhar, director of public health at Oxfordshire County Council, said, “We have seen nationally the impact of high infection rates resulting in local lockdowns. Our COVID secure teams will allow us to ensure that we can better help businesses comply with the latest Government guidance, better enforce the rules, and help to prevent us from seeing the kind of restrictions that we have seen elsewhere nationally”.

Councillor Andrew McHugh, lead member for health and wellbeing at Cherwell District Council, said, “This new COVID Secure Team builds on council officers’ local knowledge and expertise to make sure residents and businesses are in no doubt about what they need to do to stop the spread of the virus.

“The team will be a firm but friendly presence; they are there to inform and advise in the instance, but we take the risk coronavirus poses extremely seriously and people who fail to respect the rules will be left in no doubt that we are ready to use these new powers if necessary”.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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