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A reminder of the‘hands, face, space’ campaign has been issued by public health experts amid the rush for fuel from petrol stations.

Jonathan Gribbin, director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire, said simple actions such as handwashing must continue to be carried out to stop the spread of coronavirus when questioned if the virus could be transmitted through the handling of petrol pumps in today's county-wide covid-19 briefing.

"Although much of the (covid) transmission is airborne, we can still pass on coronavirus from certain surfaces that have been touched," said Mr Gribbin.

Kings Mill and Gribbin (42633172)
Kings Mill and Gribbin (42633172)

"It is a reminder that the risk of transmission increases whenever we are in close contact with other people or in contact with surfaces that people have touched.

"For that reason, frequent handwashing and wearing a face covering in enclosed public spaces is really important [guidance] to follow."

David Johns, interim director at Nottingham City Council, said petrol stations had carried out the correct measures to deal with the risk of coronavirus.

Motorists rush for petrol at Asda in Newark (51569524)
Motorists rush for petrol at Asda in Newark (51569524)

"No is the simple answers," said Mr Johns, when asked if the rush at petrol stations had contributed to recent positive covid results.

"I know many businesses and petrol stations are taking a number of measures, including regular cleaning.

"People can take the simple actions in terms of handwashing and using hand gels to wash their hands.

"There is an individual level of responsibility when taking those simple actions.

"[The rush for petrol] is not something that we will be able to attribute to cases within the city or the county."

In the last seven-day period, Newark and Sherwood has seen 485 new cases — the smallest increase among Nottinghamshire's districts.

There has been an increase of 3,733 cases county-wide in the latest seven-day period, with a further 855 in Nottingham city.



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