News Article


27 January 2022

Residents and workers in Cheshire West and Chester are advised to continue being cautious in the light of national COVID-19 measures being eased. COVID-19 infection rates remain high across the borough, with the high number of patients being admitted to local hospitals adding to existing winter pressures on the NHS.

The latest seven-day infection rate is 1,052 per 100,000 people up to 21 January. As of 18 January, there were 312 patients in local hospitals who tested positive for COVID-19.

Cllr Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said:

“It’s such great news to see the infection rate dropping but we have to be aware that the infection rates are still among the highest we have seen during the pandemic. Thankfully, the phenomenal success of the vaccine programme means that many people are not suffering serious illness if they do catch COVID-19, but we are still seeing a high number of people needing hospital care, adding extra pressure on the NHS."

“We are also still seeing a high number of outbreaks in care settings and schools across the borough. My plea to you is to get your vaccine if you are eligible and haven’t had it yet – either first, second or booster dose – test regularly and continue with those simple but effective public health measures of washing your hands regularly, covering your face in crowded indoor spaces and meeting outside or in well-ventilated indoor spaces."

“We must continue to look after each other.”

The Government announced on Wednesday, 19 January, that work from home guidance will end with immediate effect, with other Plan B measures from the national Winter Plan lifting from Thursday, 27 January. This includes the mandatory wearing of face coverings and compulsory use of NHS COVID passes in certain venues.

Read more at: Your West Cheshire