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Weekly press conference with Public Health Northamptonshire

Friday, 25th September 2020, 2:06 pm
Updated Friday, 25th September 2020, 2:08 pm
Lucy Wightman, Public Health Northamptonshire

The weekly press conference returns this afternoon at 3pm with representatives of Public Health Northamptonshire, Northamptonshire Police, Northampton Borough Council and other organisations.

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Lots to discuss this week - the Rule of Six enforcement, new curfews and the latest figures on how many schools have been affected.

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Live: Public Health Northamptonshire press conference with the latest on how coronavirus is affecting Northampton

Last updated: Friday, 25 September, 2020, 16:01

  • How many schools have been affected? How many pupils are self-isolating?
  • Has anyone at the University of Northampton tested positive?
  • Have police issued any fines this week for breaches of the Rule of Six?
  • How will the 10pm curfew affect the night-time economy?

The press conference is now coming to the end.

Dr Wattt said there is a mild increase but there are not anywhere near the levels at the beginning of the pandemic. The focus now is about prevention. We are monitoring the situation extremely closely.

Dr Wattt said there is a mild increase but there are not anywhere near the levels at the beginning of the pandemic. The focus now is about prevention. We are monitoring the situation extremely closely.

Rhosyn said there had been slightly more cases in the two acutes than previous weeks however that hasn’t been the kind of increase that has been seen in other areas. A slight increase but not on the same scale as others. Would be checking whether the data can be published.

Carly Odell from the Chron asked one last question for hospital rate data for Northamptonshire and whether admission rates are increasing.

Rhosyn Harris picked up a point about any outbreaks at the University. That will figure will added in the next data pack.

Alatair Ulke asked about the breaches of the Rule of Six by students at the university. Ms Bradshaw said the university was noted by the breaches - it was taken by the onsite police team at the Waterside campus - enforcement action. We are working with our local teams and a student discplinary issues. It is a very small number of students involved out of the 10,000 students who go to the university. Simon Blatchly said there had been lots of work educating students. We hope the activity we are doing is sending the correct messages.

Ms Bradshaw that they continued to edcuate students and that they were aware of the restrictions. Cllr Ian Morris said it was important not to demonise the young.

Becky Bradshaw explained there had been a number of measures around the physical environment at the University of Northampton to ensure that students have a welcome experience into the town but in a safe manner.

Becky Bradshaw explained there had been a number of measures around the physical environment at the University of Northampton to ensure that students have a welcome experience into the town but in a safe manner.

Cllr Nunn said it was classic example of balancing health and economy - recently launched a number of things encouraging people to come back to Northampton safely. The new measures will make it more challenging but they will highlight the need to be safe. The compliance is not perfect in the streets - we do need the economy. You can come into Northampton and have an enjoyable time. Please come into our town…safely. The spend is good per head even though the footfall is down. Book  a table - 6pm is the best time!

Cllr Nunn said it was classic example of balancing health and economy - recently launched a number of things encouraging people to come back to Northampton safely. The new measures will make it more challenging but they will highlight the need to be safe. The compliance is not perfect in the streets - we do need the economy. You can come into Northampton and have an enjoyable time. Please come into our town…safely. The spend is good per head even though the footfall is down. Book  a table - 6pm is the best time!

Ms Harris said undoubtedly the challenges around lab capacity has resulted in reduction of cases - people accessing those tests are understandably about the symptoms of colds etc and because of the concerns the schools have more people are getting tested. The number of under 18s getting tested has shot up but the proportion getting tested is very very low.

Ms Harris said that if towns come off the watchlist, because we have been an area of concern we had additional access to testing - should we be removed from the watchlist that extra capacity could be removed elsewhere. So this would be a concern.

Ms Harris picked up the point about being hopeful for Northampton and Corby coming off the watchlist - she said in some ways it would be good news but in other ways it would cause concern - might make people be complacent. Given the national picture, we will still be promoting the local messages to be more cautious.

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