Bristol’s coronavirus cases rising at ‘rapid rate’ despite lockdown

Bristol’s coronavirus cases are continuing to rise at ‘rapid rate’ despite lockdown.

Mayor Marvin Rees said people in this city are still ‘very unwell’ 14 days after the country entered its second lockdown.

It’s supposed to take two weeks to show a change in peoples’ behaviour on test results.

But rather than going down, Bristol’s cases have continued to soar.

Mr Rees decided to take the rare step of penning an open letter to everyone in the city, urging them to action.

He claims the only way to reduce infections, is by people following the rules.

And he argues the most important thing everyone can do to help is to ‘stay at home as much as possible’ and not ‘socially mix’.

“People in our city are very unwell, and some will sadly lose their lives,” Mr Rees wrote in his blog.

“Other people are facing incredible financial hardship and food poverty.

“People are lonely, isolated and afraid. And the mental health of our city is suffering.

“And for other people the impact is minimal. These people don’t know anyone that is ill.

“They are not at high risk themselves. And they are able to work from home and receive their normal income.

“Regardless of your politics, what you think about the virus, or how you feel about the current lockdown – we all must take action.

“Because while our lives may be affected in different ways, we are all missing out on the things we love.

“And we all have it in our power to make the difference, to bring the numbers under control and help get Bristol back to some version of normal.”

Mr Rees told people to ignore ‘dangerous rumours spreading online’.

Last week, around 400 anti-lockdown campaigners marched through the city centre to protest against the new Covid measures.

“There are many dangerous rumours spreading online from people who are either misguided or malicious,” said Mr Rees. “They are putting their lives, and the lives of others at risk.

“Please don’t take truth from people who aren’t qualified.

“Instead, please follow the lockdown rules and COVID guidance issued by the government.

“Don’t look at the rules and try and find a way around them – they are in place to keep you, and others safe.”

Mr Rees listed the following advice:

  • Stay at home as much as possible and not socially mix
  • Don’t go to other people’s homes
  • Don’t form a childcare bubble unless you really need to
  • Don’t meet up with other people in playgrounds and parks.
  • Keep space – try and stay 2m from other people both inside when you’re shopping and when you’re outside.
  • Wear a mask whenever you are supposed to
  • Regularly wash your hands.
  • If you have a temperature, lose your sense of smell or taste, or develop a new continuous cough then get a test.
  • If you are told to self-isolate you must stay home – this means you can’t go to the shops, do the school run or walk the dog.

Help is available for those that need it and a large volunteer network of people willing to help you if you can’t leave the house.

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Call the We Are Bristol helpline if you, or anyone you know, needs help: 0800 694 0184. And if you can volunteer some time to help others, then you can sign up on the Can Do Bristol website.

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