Lucy Butcher and Leyla Brooke were welcomed to the meeting and updated Members with regard to the current Covid-19 situation. It was reported that case rates are slowly declining but it is important that guidelines continue to be followed. Case rates in 65+ are continuing to reduce. A pattern is emerging within areas of deprivation which have higher case rates. This includes lots of household mixing in parks and open spaces and lots of travel with associated busy roads. There has been violence in town centres and a lack of use of face coverings. Consultation data is currently being analysed. Most people follow guidelines but some are confused by the advice, with the largest gap in understanding relating to self-isolation requirements. The intended uptake of the vaccine is high and is above the national average. Vulnerable and vaccine hesitant groups are being targeted to encourage vaccination, despite the anti vaccine campaigners. Asymptomatic testing at the Metrodome continues. Members were asked to feed in any concerns through the usual channels. It was also reported that all 27 licensed premises in the North Area have been contacted for advice and support, which has also been given to community centres etc.
RESOLVED that officers be thanked for their attendance and contribution and the update be noted.