LIVE: Weekly press conference on the latest Covid-19 situation in Northampton

Updates from Public Health Northamptonshire and the local councils

By Kevin Nicholls
Friday, 23rd October 2020, 1:50 pm
Updated Friday, 23rd October 2020, 2:30 pm
Northants remains in Tier One of the Government's national Covid alert system
Northants remains in Tier One of the Government's national Covid alert system

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Here is the weekly update

Last updated: Friday, 23 October, 2020, 15:59

  • Cases are continuing to rise at a worrying rate
  • Northamptonshire is likely to remain in tier one on the Goverment’s alert levels
  • Updates are expected on patient numbers in the county’s two acute hospitals
  • Advice for parents on half-term and Hallowe’en

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Lucy Wightman re-iterates need to reduce risk of transmission and that following recommendations now may well avoid need to move into Tier Two where they will become legally enforceable

In response to another question about moving into Tier Two, Cllr Nunn says: We have to be careful not to knee jerk. Chopping and changing tiers is not the answer.

Ellie Baird from Northants Police says overall figures are issued nationally but there has been an increase in levels of enforcement and issuing fixed penalty notices for breaching the rule of six, not self-isolating and not having face masks where they should be worn 

Carly also asks about police enforcement of Covid-19 regulations.

Paul Andrews of Northamptonshire County Council education cell says six schools are closed because head teacher or governers because they don’t have staff to open safely which is not the same thing as high number of cases. He also points out 91 per cent of children are still attending school

Carly Roberts, from the Chronicle & Echo asks: how many schools have shut prior to the half-term break. 

Increase in number of cases at University are in proportion to rise in numbers elsewhere and are mostly linked to social settings rather than education environment

Becky Bradshaw from UoN says there are 27 cases in University community up to the end of last week. Ten of those are in student accomodation — out of 2,500 students in halls of residents

Northants main hospitals still have relatively low numbers of Covid-19 patients: 18 in KGH and 22 in NGH

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