People walking past a fountain in the town centre - The coronavirus is not over

The number of COVID-19 cases in Warrington is continuing to increase week on week. The number of people in Warrington Hospital with COVID-19 is also on the rise.

Latest data shows that Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 now make up more than half of the COVID-19 cases in the UK and are driving the increase in infections.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimate that locally 1 in 25 people currently have COVID-19, this is an increase from 1 in 40 compared to the previous week.

As we’ve seen over the past two years, COVID-19 can affect anyone and everyone, and people who are otherwise healthy can become extremely unwell very quickly.

To help reduce any transmission of the virus, remember the basics of hands, face and space as well as protecting yourself and others by getting vaccinated and boosted if you haven’t already. It’s never too late.

Simple measures like covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze, washing your hands thoroughly and regularly, letting fresh air into indoor spaces, and cleaning your surroundings frequently can help limit the spread of COVID-19 and many other respiratory infections. Whilst rates are high, consider wearing a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces to provide additional protection.

If you have recently come back from a festival, event, holiday or abroad, be extra vigilant and make sure you regularly check with those around you that no one in your group has developed any COVID-19 symptoms.

If you or anyone you have been in close contact with has developed any symptoms, even if they are only very mild, please err on the side of caution as you might just be helping to protect a loved one or someone who is more vulnerable to coronavirus. If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as COVID-19, and you have a high temperature, staying home if you can, and avoiding contact with others, can help reduce onward spread.

If you are planning on attending any big events for the remainder of the summer, be mindful that the virus is still spreading across the UK and try to meet outdoors if possible.

Director of Public Health, Thara Raj, said: “The so called ‘fifth wave’ of COVID-19 is impacting all parts of the country and the number of COVID-19 infections in Warrington has gone up week by week. It’s so important to remember that the virus is still circulating in our communities and we need to know how we can keep on doing our bit to limit its transmission.

“Whilst we are still learning to live with the virus, it’s important to remember the steps that you can take when leaving your home more often and when meeting friends and family to ensure that COVID-19 doesn’t ruin your summer plans.

“Taking a few extra steps to ensure you are not spreading the virus could mean the difference between helping to ensure everyone around you has a happy and healthy time, and I’d encourage all residents to keep this in mind as you enjoy the summer months ahead.”

16 August 2023