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Health Secretary adds Newark and Sherwood to formal government watchlist after rise in Coronavirus cases

Newark and Sherwood has been added to the formal watchlist of local authorities where the number of coronavirus cases warrants national attention, the town's MP has confirmed.

Robert Jenrick said Health Secretary Matt Hancock added the district to the list following a meeting of the government’s covid response GOLD committee, which he chairs.

It does not mean the district is under a local lockdown, but residents are being asked to follow stricter guidelines.

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There have been 34 cases in the most recent seven days and the weekly rate of new cases is now 25.4 per 100,000, according to figures.

Mr Jenrick: "The government is working closely with Nottinghamshire County Council, Newark and Sherwood District Council and other partners to ensure there is a strong local response.

"If everyone follows the social distancing guidelines and the further advice issued by the Director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire, we can suppress the virus and avoid further restrictions. But we should treat this a serious situation.

"In addition to the national guidelines, which are available to read on gov.uk, residents are being asked to only mix at home, indoors or at pubs, restaurants, cafes with one household other than their own household or bubble until further notice.

"Those travelling to work by car sharing arrangements should wear masks, keep the windows open for ventilation and clean the interior of the vehicle where it is touched by passengers. If you can, drive yourself or walk or cycle.

"Employers should check they are following the guidance and communicate with their employees.

"You can and should continue to go to work, shop and use restaurants, pubs and cafés, but subject to the no more than one other household guidance.

"I’m very grateful to everyone for their patience and forbearance. We will get through this together.”

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