26 new COVID infections in our area last week
Whitty: “A lot of people may think this is all over. It is very easy to forget how quickly things can turn bad”
COVID-19 infection rates in the Banbury FM area last week fell to their lowest levels since the start of October. In the seven days to Friday 5th March 26 new cases were reported.
In Banbury both the Calthorpe and Neithrop areas recorded no new cases and Brackley was clear of new infections.
Cropredy, Wroxton and Shennington recorded their fourth week without any new COVID infections.
However, the very real continuing threat from the virus can be seen in Middleton Cheney and Chipping Warden where, after three weeks with no new infections, there were four new cases.
Last week’s new infection rate of 26 is just above the figure of 25 recorded on 2nd October – the local third week of the current phase of the pandemic.
The latest figures are for the period before children returned to school.
The UK’s chief medical adviser, Professor Chris Whitty this week warned that it would be very dangerous to consider the pandemic was no longer a threat. He told MPs: “A lot of people may think this is all over. It is very easy to forget how quickly things can turn bad.”
He added: “Under all the scenarios, if we unlock very suddenly, all the modelling suggests we would get a substantial surge while a lot of people are not protected.”
Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam