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Nottingham public health boss ‘strongly recommends’ people still take Covid precautions despite lifting of restrictions

The Public Health Director for Nottingham is “strongly recommending’ residents continue to take measures such as wearing face masks as restrictions are removed on Thursday, 26 January. 

Lucy Hubber spoke to health, police, and council colleagues at a Health and Wellbeing Board at Loxley House on Wednesday, 26 January.

Covid cases are starting to fall across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, but are still at more than 1,000 per day.

There is still a high number of people with coronavirus in Nottingham hospitals, with 264 admissions in the week leading up to 16 January.

There were also 286 admissions in the week prior to that, with 15 people on ventilators and in the most critical condition and 22 deaths in the week leading up to 19 January.

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Around 84 per cent of over-18s have now had two jabs and 64 per cent of over-18s have had a booster.

From Thursday, 27 January, under the Government’s Covid Winter Plan A, people will no longer be advised to work from home and face coverings will no longer be mandatory in indoor venues.

Organisations will also be able to choose whether to require NHS Covid passes.

Mrs Hubber, who said she will continue to wear a face mask in crowded and indoor settings, said Covid had flattened across all age groups but was increasing among primary school pupils.

She said this was impacting on primary school staff and families which had to take time off work as their children isolate.

She said: “We are still in a position of increasing rates and I would strongly recommend our communities think about the measures they should take to protect themselves and those around them.”

Cllr Adele Williams (Lab), chair of the board, agreed that the city was still in “a serious position” and that lives were still being lost to the virus.

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