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'We can re-open, but we must do so cautiously', says West Norfolk Council leader

West Norfolk Council leader Stuart Dark has welcomed the prospect of the remaining Covid restrictions being lifted in 10 days’ time, but urged public caution from the public amid soaring case numbers.

The plea came as latest figures showed infections in the borough more than doubled in a week and are now at their highest level in four months.

Mr Dark said he hoped full re-opening, which remains subject to final confirmation on Monday, would enable businesses in the borough to bounce back from the pandemic.

New West Norfolk Council leader Stuart Dark at his desk (49005738)
New West Norfolk Council leader Stuart Dark at his desk (49005738)

He said: “In West Norfolk case numbers are low, but increasing.

“We must take an cautious approach and continue to monitor the figures with our public health colleagues, but at the same time welcome people back to enjoy everything the area has to offer.”

Latest figures for the seven days to last Saturday, July 3, showed there were 77 confirmed Covid cases in West Norfolk.

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Coronavirus news.

That is an increase of 126.5 per cent, 43 infections in all, on the previous week.

The borough’s rolling infection rate stood at 50.9 cases per 100,000 people, which is the highest it has been since the middle of March.

But infection rates here remain much lower than in many parts of the country. In some areas, the rate is more than 10 times higher than that of West Norfolk.

Walk-in vaccinations are being offered tomorrow when a community health bus visits the Fairstead Community Centre.

And the number of deaths recorded at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital remains unchanged at 481.

Mr Dark also paid tribute to the response of the West Norfolk public to the limitations placed on their lives over the last 16 months.

He said: “The restrictions in place have been difficult for everyone.

“It is testament to everyone’s adherence to the guidance and rules that we are now in a position where the restrictions can be lifted.”

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