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Author Topic: Statement from the Leader regarding increases in COVID-19 cases – Friday 16 Oct  (Read 414 times)
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« on: October 16, 2020, 06:47:56 PM »

Councillor Andrew Johnson, leader of the council, says: “Our COVID cases are increasing at a worrying and alarming rate.

We were placed in the medium tier but due to the rapid rise we will be asking Government to consider moving us to the High tier next week.

“This means there will be further restrictions on our lives which mean we won’t be able to see our friends or loved ones indoors, we won’t be able to visit our parents or partners in care homes (unless in exceptional circumstances) and we will all need to work from home where we can as now.

“We all need to take responsibility and act now before we move into the very high tier which is a real risk if we don’t put a stop to the spread of the virus. This will have a damaging impact on you, our local businesses and our local economy.

“We urge everyone to consider their actions in whatever setting, seeing friends at home, visiting the shops, picking up children on the school run or eating out. We all need to consider our actions to stop the spread."

Latest data shows there are 110.9 cases per 100,000 in the borough, with 168 new cases reported for the week of 5-11 October.
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Merriman
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« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2020, 09:51:12 PM »

So despite areas such as Cookham Dean, having very low infections, you will be lumping us in with the rest of the borough and restricting our abilities to socialise with friends, because it suits your agenda?
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« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2020, 09:48:29 AM »

The cynic in me does suspect that given the council's lack of funds it is doing this largely in the hope it will get government financial support. I also assume that their request could be refused if the government feels it isn't warranted?
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« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2020, 10:25:02 AM »

I don't understand.  Covid isn't a political issue.  It's a killer virus.  Why should Cookham Dean be exempt from a borough wide local lockdown if that is what's required to keep people safe?  

From what I've been reading, we're blooming lucky not to be a tier higher than we are already.  Not only that, you only have to look at the way lots of people are ignoring social distancing, not wearing face coverings correctly, not using sanitising stations when entering shops to see that if a swift kick up the backside isn't dealt there will most likely be rising infections/deaths in the coming weeks.

I'm not scaremongering or being a council luvvy, I just think that the effort put in earlier this year is going to be wasted and a whole lot more financial and mental distress caused if this second wave isn't nipped in the bud.

Also, let's not forget - winter is flu season, and a few years ago that alone saw the NHS and funeral industry at almost breaking point. There is less flu vaccine available this year too, so some who normally like to be vaccinated won't necessarily be able to have it. Winter also usually sees a rise in depression, suicide, anxiety and other mental illnesses - we all need to play our part to fight these things, if a brief lockdown is required we should support it, not moan about it.  Let things ride for too long and it will be months of lockdown, not a short 'circuit breaker'.
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« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2020, 02:12:03 PM »

Hi Paris,

Personally I wasn't looking at it as a political issue. My original post was more about my frustration over the situation we find ourselves in, which in my opinion is mainly caused by people not adhering to the current rules. Such as those 100 wedding guests last weekend in neighbouring Southall.

It would seem that, within RBWM, the greatest rise in cases in recent weeks has been in Slough, which you must admit is a reasonable distance from Cookham, that is why I question what effect locking us down over here in Cookham Dean or any of the more rural areas, will have on controlling virus cases. I personally have no intention of visiting Slough over the winter months yet am at risk of not being able to visit friends and family because I happen to be located in the same borough. Searching online it would also appear that cases in West Berkshire have been falling as opposed to rising, with the exception of Reading, in fact all the hotspots, where cases are rising, are in the larger towns as opposed to the more rural areas.

I appreciate your remarks regarding winter flu etc, I personally had no problem getting a flu vaccination, I booked it through Cookham medical centre and had it at a drive in clinic at the Magnet leisure centre, a friend booked her's around the same time (2 weeks ago) at Cookham pharmacy, and again had no problem. You go on to mention depression and suicide. Whilst I would like to be proved wrong, I feel that once we become a high risk area, that will be it for the winter, as opposed to just a couple of weeks. I don't think we will see a significant enough drop, in the major towns within the borough, to trigger a downgrade back to medium risk.
Once we go in to high risk, that means anyone living alone will no longer be able to meet anyone else indoors, whilst meeting outdoors was ok during the summer, it is not very nice standing out in the cold and rain, especially for the older ones amongst us, who we will be sentencing to a winter of solitude. I fear this will lead to more depression and anxiety for those living alone, than the virus will. Sure, you may say, 'but the virus may kill them', I agree but I also feel that it is a very low risk around here.

Sadly, as with many situations in life, those of us who obey the rules will be the ones most affected, whilst those who are the real cause of the virus spreading, will simply ignore the rules and visit whoever they want.
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« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2020, 05:00:46 PM »

Slough isn't in the Royal Borough.

I take your point Merriman about standing on in the cold and rain.  I still feel though, that we need to stand together and if asked to lockdown again we should do so in good spirit - it's to protect us, our families and friends after all.

Going back to the point about flu - I'm glad you and your friend managed to get a flu jab, from my experience not everyone is finding it that easy, some are having to wait for vaccine to be available, and not all can travel to drive in centres.

As with anything in modern times there is a wealth of information online and in the media and it can usually be spun in as many ways as can be thought up by any of us.  If RBWM feel there is a substantiated reason for upgrading our tier level, then at the end of the day we will just have to put up with it. Better to do so with good grace rather than looking for the negatives!
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