Stoke-on-Trent’s health leader Paul Edmondson-Jones believes the city can avoid being badly hit by the new Covid variant – if residents take on board the advice to curb its spread.
The city council’s director for Social Care, Health Integration and Wellbeing warned the new variant is real and has already affected a number of local authorities.
It has been suggested this new strain of coronavirus spreads more quickly, and with cases in England rising rapidly, the Government placed millions of people in the country under Tier 4 restrictions.
In the latest 24-hour period, a further 54,990 cases were recorded, including 123 in Stoke-on-Trent.
But Dr Edmondson-Jones offered hope the city could avoid an ‘explosion’ of cases caused by the new variant if residents followed the hands, face, space advice and reduced the amount of time spent out of their homes.
He tweeted: “Yes, the new variant time bomb is there and is real and is affecting some local authority areas very badly.
“However, it does not need to explode here – we can deal with it if we carefully hands, face, space, minimise the number of times we go out, be risk aware, be careful and stay safe.”