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Newark case rates above England average as health experts issue reminder regarding the dangers of covid-19

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Public health experts have stressed covid-19 is still in the community as the county's rates race ahead of the national average.

Nottinghamshire has moved up to 556 cases per 100,000 residents, a 20% increase from the latest seven day period. It remains higher than the national average of 376 per 100,000.

Newark and Sherwood has 465 cases per 100,000 residents, again higher than the national average.

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

Jonathan Gribbin, director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire, said despite the rise, the prospects for winter are 'very much better' than last year.

With that in mind, he said there were two things that needed to be emphasised to our readers.

"On the one hand, we need to keep in mind that the pandemic is not over and covid remains a serious health risk," he said.

"On the other hand, we have a safe pathway forward but that pathway involves a combination of things.

"I am delighted that the booster programme is being rolled out, but alongside that there are basic controlled measures that provide the safe pathway through the winter (the hands, face, space message).

"I wanted to give weight to that baring in mind the case rates in Nottinghamshire county.

"Although we are pleased to see stable rates in our hospital (50 admissions in the last week) in comparison with an England average, Nottinghamshire county is up.

"We have seen increases from all of our districts and boroughs."

One resident, who wished to remain anonymous, asked the Advertiser why the case rates were much higher in rural areas within Newark and Sherwood, rather than within Newark itself.

For example, in Muskham, Sutton on Trent and Walesby, the case rate average sits at 1,054 cases per 100,00, which compares to 95 per 100,000 in Newark South West.

The Advertiser put his concerns to Mr Gribbin.

He said: "My answer is very general, and what we continue to see across Nottinghamshire is general community transmission.

"That means that all of our towns and rural areas are impacted by that.

"There are not particular areas that I would wish to highlight as hotspots which require special or additional measures."

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