First Indian variant Covid-19 case confirmed in Derbyshire Dales

People who live or work in the Derbyshire Dales are being urged to remain cautious after health chiefs confirmed the area had recorded its first case of the new Indian Covid-19 variant that spreads more easily.

Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 4:20 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 5:05 pm
Anyone who has got a positive result from a lateral flow test should self-isolate immediately

Derbyshire’s Director of Public Health Dean Wallace has renewed his call for residents in the Derbyshire Dales to get tested whether they have symptoms or not and says it remains vital that everyone in the community continues to follow the guidelines and the ‘Hands, Face, Space, Fresh Air’ rules – as this is the most effective way to control the spread of all variants of coronavirus.

Mr Wallace said: “We understand that people will be concerned that three cases of the Indian variant have been confirmed in the Glossop area and one in the Derbyshire Dales, but I’d like to reassure everyone that we’re working closely with Public Health England to minimise the spread.

“There is currently no evidence that these variants cause more severe illness, are more deadly or make the current vaccines any less effective, but they do spread more easily – which is why we need everyone to be extra vigilant.

“I cannot stress enough the importance of getting a test if you have symptoms, including a wider range of symptoms which some people have been experiencing, as well as regular twice-weekly testing if you have no symptoms.

“We know one in three people who are carrying coronavirus don’t feel ill, so just because you feel ok doesn’t mean you haven’t got it – and you could be spreading it to your friends, family and work mates.

“It’s also vitally important that we continue to wear face masks where required unless you are exempt, to keep on washing your hands regularly and keep two metres away from anyone not in your household."