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Norfolk health boss says no need for local lockdown despite rise in cases at Banham Poultry




The chief of public health at Norfolk County Council has said that there is no justification for a localised lockdown in the county, following a further rise in cases at Banham Poultry.

The chicken factory, in Station Road, Attleborough, has seen its total number of cases rise to 127, but Dr Louise Smith insisted the peak of the outbreak had already passed.

Nonetheless, the outbreak has lead to Norfolk being placed on the Government’s watch list of potential areas for further outbreaks, something Dr Smith said she welcomed.

Banham Poultry has seen the number of cases rise to 127 since the initial outbreak last month.
Banham Poultry has seen the number of cases rise to 127 since the initial outbreak last month.

“Being on the watch list, Norfolk has been designated as an area of ‘enhanced support’, and we very much welcome that,” she said.

“It means we have more rapid access to data analysis and are prioritised for mobile testing units – and we have seen people in other areas and people outside of our focus areas reporting difficulties getting access to testing.

“In terms of us heading to more restrictions for the general public, I do not have any evidence available to me at the moment that would suggest that it would be warranted or justified.”



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