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Remain cautious, not complacent

by Guy Murphy

The Government announced yesterday that we can progress to Step 2 of lockdown easing from next week. Whilst this is great news, it doesn’t mean that the pandemic is over. A number of restrictions are still in place and we need to continue to follow the rules.

The Government’s 4 step roadmap is all about the gradual easing of restrictions and we can only progress through the roadmap when it is safe to do so. Progression is dependent on the successful COVID vaccination programme continuing to be rolled out, number of COVID cases in our community, the impact on hospital admissions and if any variants of concern have been identified.

We’ve been able to move from Step 1 to Step 2 of the roadmap as everyone has continued to follow the rules that are in place. We are once again asking everyone to continue their good work to ensure our progression through the roadmap continues.

Dr Sarah McNulty, Knowsley’s Director of Public Health, said “Whilst our figures are currently low, we cannot be complacent, and we must remember that rules are still in place.

We have shown that when we follow the rules, our cases remain low and that is something we all want.

Residents are positively engaging in the COVID vaccination programme, which is great news and is helping to have a positive impact on the number of cases we have here in Knowsley.

Step 2 of the roadmap comes into force from Monday 12 April, but we still have a further two steps to go before all restrictions are lifted.

Let’s all continue to play our part, follow the rules and embed the behaviours that we have become so accustomed to in our daily lives – regular hand washing, wearing face coverings and maintaining social distancing.”

Remember if you have any COVID-19 symptoms (high temperature, new / persistent cough or a loss of taste or smell), stay at home, along with your household, and book yourself a test through www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or ring 119. If you test positive, you, your household and people in your support bubble need to self isolate for 10 days to prevent the further spread of the virus.

Residents are also encouraged to take part in twice weekly testing using Lateral Flow Tests. Visit Knowsley News to find out where you can collect test kits from.