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Guildford Borough Turns A Paler Shade of Green on the Covid Map

Published on: 5 Mar, 2021
Updated on: 7 Mar, 2021

Extract of Covid Infection map. Source Gov.UK

By Martin Giles

Guildford Borough has “gone light green” on the national Covid infection rate map. We now have only 34 new cases of identified Covid infection per 100,000 of population, in the most recent published figures for the seven days up to February 27. This is the lowest rate since September.

Most of the South East south of London has similarly low rates. Only Worthing has a running rate above 100.

More good news is that by now more than 40% of the over-16 population of Surrey Heartlands the NHS area that covers most of the borough has received their first dose of Covid vaccine. This, together with the continuing lockdown, will help keep the infection rate down.

But the number of vaccinations administered is still below its peak of nearly 50,000 reported in the week ending February 11. The two reasons given are fluctuations in the supply and a division of some vaccine for second dose jabs.

GBC’s council leader, Joss Bigmore said last night (March 4) to the full council: “There is huge optimism about the impact of the vaccination programme and the current lockdown. Guildford has very low case rates, the lowest in Surrey and amongst the lowest 10% of the entire country.

“We are planning to re-open our markets, we are tentatively discussing summer events and moving closer to the day when we can see our friends and our families.

“However, as we approach the anniversary of the first lockdown on 23rd March I think it is important to remember what has been lost. Nationally, 140,000 have died with Covid enters on their death certificate, that is not far off the entire population of this borough.”

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