Urgent public health warning issued by NHS Lanarkshire regarding lockdown

Local residents are being urged to keep Lanarkshire out of lockdown today (Friday) as a rise in local cases brings the area close to Covid-19 restrictions being imposed.

Restrictions on visiting other households have been introduced in Glasgow city, West Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire after a rise in coronavirus cases.

And with local cases rising again in Lanarkshire, public health officials have warned that preventative precautionary measures may be advised in Lanarkshire.

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Ahead of the weekend, NHS Lanarkshire director of public health, Gabe Docherty stressed that every resident has a role to play in keeping Lanarkshire out of lockdown.

Mr Docherty said: “No one wants another lockdown. But Lanarkshire is very close to facing additional Covid-19 restrictions similar to those in Glasgow and neighbouring areas.

“Ahead of the weekend, and indeed beyond, we need everyone’s help to avoid that happening by following well-publicised advice.

“In particular I’d encourage people who are returning from a restricted travel locations to isolate for 14 days when they return. If you have symptoms, even mild, please do not attend work.

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“Similarly, it’s crucially important people limit the amount of people they have close contact with.”

Mr Docherty reiterated Government guidance on outdoor and indoor gatherings. No more than 8 people from a maximum of 3 households should gather indoors at a time.

No more than 15 people from a maximum of 5 households should gather outdoors at a time.

Mr Docherty added: “Remember FACTS; Face coverings, Avoid crowded places, Clean hands regularly, Two metre distance and self-isolate if you have symptoms.

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“The situation in Glasgow city, West Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire is geographically close – but also very close in terms of being replicated right here in Lanarkshire.

“This should be a wake-up call for all of us to stick to the guidelines, stop this virus spreading any further or any faster and keep Lanarkshire out of lockdown.”

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