These are the latest Covid-19 figures for the Wakefield district

People in Wakefield have been warned they could be unwittingley spreading Covid-19 to others if they ignore even mild symptoms of the disease.

Tuesday, 22nd September 2020, 10:50 am
Updated Tuesday, 22nd September 2020, 10:58 am

It comes as the number of new cases of coronavirus in the district rises sharply, with 318 new cases confirmed so far this month, compared to 264 in August and 260 in July.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Wakefield to 2,450.

Anna Hartley, Director of Public Health for the Wakefield district, said there were an increasing number of people testing positive for Covid-19 after displaying only mild symptoms.

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People in Wakefield have been warned they could be unwittingley spreading Covid-19 to others if they ignore even mild symptoms of the disease. Stock image.

She said: "The increased infection rate highlights why it's more important than ever that we continue to do all we can to make sure we control the spread of the virus and avoid tougher restrictions like we are seeing in neighbouring authorities.

"We're seeing a trend of mild symptoms among those testing positive, particularly in younger people. So I urge people – please do not ignore any symptoms you might have, as you could unwittingly be spreading the virus to others who may be more vulnerable and at risk.

"Please act quickly, isolate and get tested if you have any symptoms.

"If you do not have any of the symptoms of coronavirus - of a high temperature, a new continuous cough or loss of taste or smell - please do not get a test as we need to make sure tests are readily available for those who really need them."

In their latest coronavirus dashboard, which covers the period between September 7 and September 13, Wakefield Council said the rate of cases had risen from 25.5 to 27.5 per 100,000.

They urged people to follow simple rules to reduce the risk of infection, including wearing face covering win enclosed spaces, following social distancing guidelines and avoiding close contact with people outside your household and maintaining regular handwashing.

Coun Faith Heptinstall, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Adults, Health and Wellbeing, said: "In continuing to share the relevant data, we hope to give residents the most accurate picture we can on what's happening across our district.

"We have once again seen an increase in positive cases. Please do not become complacent and take action now to follow the important advice given, especially the new law of meeting in groups of no more than six whether indoors or outdoors.

"COVID-19 remains a real threat to us all and I urge everyone to continue taking action to reduce the spread of infection and stop any further measures being imposed on the district as we've seen in neighbouring areas."

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will address the nation in a TV broadcast this evening, during which he is expected to announce some form of second lockdown.