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The Essex Resilience Forum has declared a ‘major incident’ as the NHS and healthcare systems in the county face increased pressure from the steep rise in COVID-19 cases.
With the New Year approaching and Essex in Tier 4 restrictions, Brentwood Borough Council leader, Cllr Chris Hossack is asking residents to continue being vigilant.
Cllr Hossack said; “Data shows us that the rate of COVID-19 infections is extremely high in our borough. However, this partly reflects the fact that the number of tests taking place has also increased.
“Nevertheless, it is vital that we continue to follow the Tier 4 restrictions particularly as the county is under a ‘major incident’ as declared by the Essex Resilience Forum.
“This step has been taken to enable the county to access more Government support for our local health service and has come about because of the huge pressures now facing our NHS.
We should continue to make every effort to protect our NHS as best we can. While I am sure many of you are looking forward to a brighter 2021, please ensure you mark the New Year in line with the Tier 4 restrictions.
“News that the Oxford vaccine has been approved, together with the ongoing vaccination programme taking place at the Brentwood Centre means that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
“Let’s continue to do our best to support the NHS and our hospitals at Broomfield, Queen’s, Basildon and Southend by sticking to the rules.
“I wish you all a safe, healthy New Year and look forward to seeing off this virus in 2021”