Nottinghamshire’s Covid committee councillor has blamed the high incidence rate across the county on the student population.
The vice-chairman of the COVID-19 Resilience, Recovery and Renewal Committee, Coun Reg Adair, claimed the reason Nottingham became a Covid hot spot was due to the high number of students coming into the city without taking the necessary precautions.
“There’s nothing extra ordinary about these disciplines.”
The COVID-19 Resilience, Recovery and Renewal Committee is part of Nottinghamshire County Council and comprises of a number of councillors from across all parties.
Their focus is on preparing the residents for future COVID 19 waves, developing an approach to support the council’s economy, reforming local government services and finding short term solutions to improve operational and corporate resilience.
Coun Adair stated the residents of Nottingham need to stay resilient for what could be “a long period ahead of us”.
As the second national lockdown comes to an end tomorrow, and the nation readjusts towards the tier system, Nottingham has been placed on the backfoot again with a Tier 3 restriction.
According to Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County Council, the district now has over 39,000 cases of coronavirus, making it a COVID-19 hotspot in comparison to other counties.
Coun Adair stated the cases at Nottingham won’t have been as high if the second lockdown came to fruition earlier.
With the news of vaccines being developed for next year, Coun Adair believes the cases in Nottingham will drop despite shops and pubs being reopened.
He called for local residents to do what’s asked of them by “socialising properly, keep your distance and washing your hands”.