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Councillor calls for action to build 'resilience’ in King's Lynn to protect people against possibility of future pandemics

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A councillor has said “future resilience” needs to be built in Lynn to protect people against the possibility of pandemics in years to come.

It comes after the director of Public Health Norfolk, Dr Louise Smith, gave an outline of possible explanations as to why West Norfolk’s coronavirus infection rate was higher than neighbouring districts last week.

Dr Smith said, once the data was adjusted for age distribution and deprivation profile, it was below the average for England. She also said that the number of people with underlying health problems such as diabetes is quite high in the borough, which might contribute to people being more unwell and having a test.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Suffolk has risen to 360. (37075311)
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Suffolk has risen to 360. (37075311)

Following this, Alexandra Kemp, who represents Clenchwarton and King’s Lynn South on Norfolk County Council, and South and West Lynn on West Norfolk Council, said air quality, access to healthcare and access to green spaces should be looked at in particular.

“Public Health, the NHS and councils need a real concerted focus in Lynn to support people with health vulnerabilities, promote extra support in surgeries to help people manage conditions to withstand a future second wave and future pandemics,” she said.

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