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Confirmed coronavirus cases in Newark and Sherwood reaches 1,289 today (Wednesday, October 21) as Prime Minister confirms ongoing Tier 3 talks for Nottinghamshire

Forty two new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Newark and Sherwood according to Public Health England, taking the total to 1,289.

It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed in a press briefing yesterday (Tuesday) "talks are ongoing" regarding Nottinghamshire's restriction level — meaning the county could be heading towards Tier 3 'high risk' restrictions.

Boris Johnson press briefing. Picture: @10DowningStreet/PA
Boris Johnson press briefing. Picture: @10DowningStreet/PA

Ashfield 1,400 (up 54) Bassetlaw 1,197 (up 47) Broxtowe 1,612 (up 82) Gedling 1,529 (up 96) Mansfield 947 (up 51) Newark and Sherwood 1,289 (up 42) Rushcliffe 1,655 (up 108) Nottingham 9,093 (up 314) Nottinghamshire 9,629 (up 480).

Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, Kay Cutts, said: “When conversations with government are initiated the best outcome for Nottinghamshire people will be achieved in consultation with all the leaders of this county; primarily for the health of our residents but also for the best possible economic outcomes.

"We asked our residents to not mix with other households indoors and to stick to the rule of six outdoors a week before the new Tier 2 restrictions were formally implemented. I thank everyone for playing their part and ask them to continue to adhere to these rules to prevent further harm to people and jobs in Nottinghamshire.

"Whatever is on the horizon and whenever it may be, we will work hard to make sure that our most vulnerable people are protected during these difficult winter months to come.”

Jonathan Gribbin, director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire, said: “I can appreciate that people will want some certainty about the types of restrictions that may impact on their lives in the future. My priority is to do all I can every day to help slow the spread of the virus across all our communities.

"We now see transmission rates increasing in people aged over 60. Therefore, it is vital every one of us focuses our effort on what we can all do now to slow the spread to protect the most vulnerable people in our neighbourhoods. Sticking to the Hands, Face, Space rules, getting a free test if you have symptoms and following the advice when it is given is the best way we can all turn the tide on this virus and minimise the long term impact on our lives.”

According to the latest public data ­— 762,542 patients in the UK have tested positive and 43,967 people have died.

If you have symptoms of covid-19, it’s important that you stay at home to help protect your friends and neighbours.

To find out what steps you need to take if you think you have the virus, visit here.

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