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Local public health chief urges public to stick to rules to get through lockdown safely

11:08 am, Friday, 15th January 2021 - 3 years ago


‘Stick to the rules so we can emerge from this lockdown safely.’ Those are the words of North East Lincolnshire’s Director of Public Health, Stephen Pintus.

Just 10 months on from the Council Public Health chief’s first press conference to address fears of COVID-19 ahead of the first national lockdown, Mr Pintus is once again urging the public to stick to the rules.

The call comes as the area enters the second week of the new national lockdown.

In an interview, Stephen Pintus, Director for Public Health at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “It is absolutely vital that the public stick to the rules so that we can come out of this lockdown in the best shape.

“If people ignore the rules and carry on going about their business, the virus will spread and it will do terrible damage.

“I know that we are all quite fed up of this virus and all the rules and restrictions that come with it, but to beat it we must follow the rules for a little longer.

“People of all ages are becoming seriously ill from this virus, and that means more hospital beds taken up with COVID patients, and fewer medical staff and beds for people injured or unwell with other conditions.

“But by sticking to the rules, by keeping a couple of meters away from other people, regularly washing our hands and wearing a face mask in shops, we can really prevent this virus from spreading.

“So I’m urging local residents to stick to the current lockdown restrictions and follow those three golden rules if you do have to go out.

“We know that as soon as we stop following those rules, the case numbers will shoot up, and we really can’t afford that.

“And if you start to feel unwell with symptoms of COVID-19 – a new continuous cough, a high temperature and a loss of sense of taste or smell –  you must self-isolate immediately and book a test.”

To find out more about the rules of the new national lockdown, visit GOV.UK.

If you have the symptoms of coronavirus, self-isolate immediately and call 119 or visit NHS.UK to book a test.

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