LIVE FROM 3pm: Today’s Northamptonshire County Council Covid-19 press conference

Last updated: Friday, 13 November, 2020, 15:28

  • Numbers of new cases are rising at the fastest rate since pandemic began
  • More coronavirus deaths have been reported in county hospitals
  • School bubbles closed and students self-isolating at home 

UoN has agreed to take part in roll out of new Lateral Flow test which delivers test results quicker for those with no Covid symptoms. 

She adds: We have a number of students who will stay with us over the Christmas period and we will support them like we would at any other time.

Becky Bradshaw from University of Northampton says there has been a number of enquiries following guidance about students returning home for Christmas. 

UoN will be moving face-to-face teaching online from Friday December 4 to support students to return home to safely to their families during the period they can travel in between December 2 and December 9.

Supt Foskett also urged parents to wear face coverings when picking up and dropping off children at schools.

Supt Elliot Foskett from Northants Police says: Enforcement around face coverings is increasing. It is something we are taking really seriously and only British Transport Police have issued less fines than us.

There will always be people prepared to gamble with lives of others. And with this, when you go out without a face covering or gather against the regulations you are gambling with other people’s lives.

“We are open for business and we intend to stay that way for as long as we possibly can.” 

Eileen Doyle adds: “We are managing with Covid and non-Covid patients. Wherever possible we separate people and test when patients come into hospital.” 

Eileen Doyle, interim CEO at Kettering General Hospital, says there are 116 Covid-19 positive patients in hospital. All other regular services are able to continue and anyone with an appointment should attend.

286 staff out of 10,000-odd across two hospitals are either Covid-positive or self-isolating.

Cllr Nunn adds a Government scheme will allow businesses up to £3,000 a month which is accessed via an online portal on Borough Council website. 

 Delays occurred to previous claims during first lockdown but Cllr Nunn says process will be quicker this time.

Portal is being tested and due to go live today or within the next few days.

Cllr Nunn adds: “It’s a rotten, rotten thing that non-essential shops are closed. It’s a difficult thing for businesses but that’s just what we have to do.”

He adds that enforcement notices have been issued to two hairdressers and barbers.

Northampton Borough Council leader Jonathan Nunn says: “Situation is frustrating for everybody who has worked so hard, followed the rules and sacrificed so much.” 

County council cabinet member Cllr Ian Morris says the figures being presented are “sobering”

Thee are 14 outbreaks in county care homes and 18 in workplaces. An outbreak is defined as two or more cases linked by place and time to on setting.

In schools and universities, situation remains positive. There are 19 coronavirus outbreaks in schools and colleges involving 177 cases. 100 per cent of schools are open although 91% of pupils are attending. 

Mrs Wightman adds: All seven boroughs and districts have seen increases in cases with startling rise in numbers of positive tests.

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Northamptonshire Telegraph