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Nottinghamshire's hospital admissions double as Newark and Sherwood gets set for first weekend of high alert government lockdown

Hospital admissions relating to covid-19 have doubled across the county.

Jonathan Gribbin, director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire, said the coming weeks would prove to be pivotal in the fight against coronavirus following the news that the county was placed into tier two — a high alert level.

Jonathan Gribbin (42666025)
Jonathan Gribbin (42666025)

In today's weekly covid briefing (October 16) he said the new rules must be followed to prevent further hospital admissions.

"The number of people being admitted to hospital with covid-19 is rising," said Mr Gribbin.

"Across our hospital trusts it is double now to what it was last week.

"Those hospital admissions have been rising fastest where the cases of covid-19 have been rising fastest and that is why NHS colleagues across Nottinghamshire are joining ourselves to spread the high risk rules."

The most up-to-date data (Wednesday, October 14) saw 148 covid-19 related hospital admissions across Nottinghamshire.

"It is the first weekend that we find ourselves at high alerts level across both the county and in the city," said Mr Gribbin.

"We are also going into the first week of half-term, so it is a good time to underline that everybody needs to keep the new rules in mind."

The latest government advice includes a ban on mixing between households indoors, while outdoors the rule of six will continue to be in place, including in private gardens.

A talking point of the meeting was the high rate of positive cases among young people.

It was revealed that 70% of Nottingham's positive cases over the past week were from residents aged 18 to 22, however, that figure is believed to have dropped over the recent days.

Alison Challenger, director of Public Health for Nottingham City, said: "We are still seeing high numbers of infections among young people, but the rate of infection is rising among the older age group as well.

"It is a community transmission and the interventions are for the whole community.

"We cannot just focus on one particular age group of our community.

"The tier two measures were only put in place for both city and county on Wednesday, so the focus is on making sure the new measures are out in the community so they can manage and adhere to them.

"As you would expect, we have to see this as a continual process.

"We are always asking ourselves if there is anything more we can put in place or can do locally.

"We are especially concerned where people are coming together in gatherings — that is where the virus is going to spread the fastest.

"We need to minimise the risk of that and that will have the biggest impact."

The rate of infection, which is to be remodelled, currently sits between 1.1 and 1.5 in Nottinghamshire.

In Newark and Sherwood there are 926.3 cases per 100,000 people, according to the latest figures.

In Nottingham city, that number more than doubles to 2,305.8 cases per 100,000 people.

Despite the increase large increase in the city, Mr Gribbin said the district would remain under the same rules.

"There is certainly a strong case for keeping all of the county together," he said.

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