Council Leader, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson spoke as news came that Portsmouth would join most of Hampshire in entering Tier Two of the Government's Coronavirus restrictions when the second national lockdown ends on Tuesday.
Covid infection rates increased significantly over the autumn. We reached a peak of 313 per 100,000 head of population last week. This was ten times the rate of infection that we had in the summer.
Just one week later we are down to 204 per 100,000. This is a very significant fall. The steps taken by the people of Portsmouth during the second national lockdown has worked to drive down the infection rate in the city.
I hope infection rates continue to drop. We have also seen a fall in the % of tests that returned a positive result. This has reduced from 11% to 8% in a week. Even when the national lockdown is lifted we must not be complacent and we still need to do what we can to make sure that infection rates continue to fall.
I know that lockdown has been very difficult for many, and some people have felt very isolated. If you are finding things difficult or know anyone who you have concerns about, please do contact The HIVE on 02392 616709 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm).
Throughout this crisis, our community has responded brilliantly. I am really proud of the way people in Portsmouth have worked to support neighbours, families and friends.
Please do keep well and safe. With all my best wishes."