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Plans that could see Cumbria go into the local coronavirus block published

Plans have been published that would have been implemented if Cumbria had entered the local coronavirus block.

Yesterday, a version of Cumbria’s Covid-19 outbreak control plan was published by Colin Cox, county public health director.

And he warned of the dire consequences if the residents let their guard down too early.

A public consultation will be held on the plan until the end of July.

It establishes how the county will fight the virus using the NHS’s national testing and tracing system, public information, infection prevention and control systems, case detection, test and contact traceability, epidemic management and, if necessary, implementation of ” local blocks. ”

The plan also explains who will make decisions on local measures.

It is already live, but a final version will be adopted by the Cumbria Local Resilience Forum after the consultation.

Cox said: “More than 400 people died in Cumbria from Covid-19 infection. It was the largest mass mortality event that the county has seen since World War II.

“Since people have followed the rules, observed social distancing and taken steps to protect their communities, we now have a low infection rate in the county.

“The proof elsewhere in the UK and internationally is that we must continue to be on our guard. This highly infectious disease has not been eradicated and could spread rapidly if we do not take precautions.

“We have to balance it with the vital need to reopen our economy and other institutions and allow people to live their lives as normally as possible.

“But returning to how things were before Covid-19 is not possible if we want to prevent a second wave of infection, further harmful blockages and more deaths.

“To keep Cumbria safe, and our economy and our schools open, it is essential that people continue to follow the rules: observe social distances, practice good hygiene, wear masks if necessary, undergo tests if you have symptoms and self-isolate if necessary or if requested by the contact trackers. ”

Councilor Deborah Earl, a member of the cabinet for public health and communities, added: “This is a comprehensive plan that shows how Cumbria will work together to fight this deadly virus.

“In a way, it can now be the most dangerous time as people start to feel that the worst is over and things can return to normal.

“We will all have to be constantly vigilant to prevent the virus from recurring.

“They are all those who look at each other, behave responsibly.”

The plan is subject to public consultation until July 31st.

For details, visit the county council website online at cumbria.gov.uk/publichealth/covid19outbreakcontrol.asp

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