The Leader of Kent County Council has called on everyone in Kent to stay strong and act together now, to keep Covid-19 under control in the county.
In his speech to the authority’s Full Council today, Roger Gough praised Kent residents for their actions so far, but stressed that the county has reached a critical tipping point and urged people to follow the rules to protect their loved ones and communities.
“We all know how devastating restrictions and shutdowns are – for economies, for livelihoods, for physical and mental health,” he said.
“We cannot, must not, be complacent. But we still have the chance to avoid this.
“So, my message, and I hope that of this County Council, to the people we serve and represent, is let’s stick with it. We can do this.
“For the sake of businesses and livelihoods across the County; for our social, economic and psychological health; for the young people who have already through such difficult times and whose long-term futures can be blighted by unemployment – let’s keep following the advice, act thoughtfully and responsibly; and not only do we keep ourselves and those around us safe, we do our utmost to protect jobs and opportunities across the County.”
The Director for Public Health says cases are rising across the whole of Kent and Medway, however there is a worrying increase in cases across Swale, particularly on the Isle of Sheppey.
There are a number of cases associated with residential settings, workplaces and secondary schools, and while some are contained outbreaks, there may also be some community transmission which is helping the virus to continue to spread.
“We are currently below the regional and national average for rates of cases, which means Kent and Medway are deemed as medium risk and within tier 1 restrictions,” said Andrew Scott-Clark, Director of Public Health for Kent.
“To avoid parts of the county moving to higher tiers, we appeal to the wider community in Kent to play its part and if you are contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service, then you should follow the guidance given to self-isolate.
“I urge everyone to play their part by closely following social distancing, regular handwashing and wearing a mask in public places to help keep the number of cases as low as possible.”
For more information go to www.kent.gov.uk/protectkent