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Confirmed coronavirus cases in Newark and Sherwood reaches 4,763 (Tuesday, January 12) as two further district residents die after testing positive

Another 64 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Newark and Sherwood, according to the latest figures from Public Health England.

Ashfield 6,099 (up 121) Bassetlaw 5,471 (up 34) Broxtowe 4,843 (up 64) Gedling 5,592 (up 67) Mansfield 4,906 (up 90) Newark and Sherwood 4,763 (up 64) Rushcliffe 4,876 (up 55) Nottingham 22,427 (up 242) Nottinghamshire 36,550 (up 495).

In the last seven days there have been 440 positive cases recorded in Newark and Sherwood. This represents a slight decrease.

Picture: PA (43829710)
Picture: PA (43829710)

Today, two further people in Newark and Sherwood have died within 28 days of testing positive for the virus, according to the latest data. It takes the total to 132.

A vaccination centre at Newark Showground is set to open at some point this week.

Thousands more people will receive a vaccine this week as seven mass centres opened across England.

Covid testing centre.
Covid testing centre.

Chosen to give a geographical spread covering as many people as possible, they are: Millennium Point, Birmingham; Ashton Gate, Bristol; ExCel Centre, London; Manchester Tennis and Football Centre; Centre for Life, Newcastle-upon-Tyne; Robertson House, Stevenage; and Epsom Downs Racecourse, Surrey.

According to the latest public data, 3,118,518 patients in the UK have tested positive and 81,960 people have died.

Newark and Sherwood and Nottinghamshire — along with the whole country — are in a third lockdown. The latest restrictions are just as tough as those imposed in the first, March lockdown.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed schools will close and that exams this year will be cancelled.

Lockdown rules.
Lockdown rules.

He urged everyone to stay at home; work from home and avoid travel — unless absolutely necessary.

It comes after a surge in new infections across the country, following the identification of two new strains of the coronavirus. These strains have proved to be more easily transmissible.

Meanwhile, the country's covid-19 alert level has been moved up to five due to the risk of healthcare services becoming overwhelmed.

If you have symptoms of the virus, 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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