There have been ‘very high levels’ of compliance with the coronavirus lockdown measures in Staffordshire – one of the county’s most senior police officers has said.
Assistant Chief Constable Simon Tweats of Staffordshire Police said only a tiny minority were not going along with restrictions brought in to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.
On Twitter this morning he said: “Across Staffordshire we’re witnessing very high levels of compliance – so a huge thanks goes out to you all.
“Only a very tiny minority are not and we continue to tackle them in a variety of ways; mindful that some need help not enforcement (mental health, homeless etc). Thank you.”
Professor Stephen Powis, the national medical director of NHS England, urged the public not to become complacent about the measures introduced three weeks ago by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
He told yesterday’s Downing Street press conference that lockdown compliance levels among the public are “very high”, but said: “We need to keep it that way.
“We absolutely need to make sure that we keep the benefits of this going forward and we don’t take a foot off the pedal, we don’t become complacent.”
He said testing figures suggested a “plateauing in the number of new cases” being picked up, though cautioned that not everyone who is symptomatic in the community is tested.
The lockdown – which requires people to only leave their homes for essential supplies, one bout of exercise a day, medical concerns and work if they cannot work from home – looks set to be extended.
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