Luke responds to the first case of Coronavirus in Plymouth
Luke Pollard, the MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, issued his response to the first case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) being confirmed in Plymouth:
We have known this was coming for a while, but we’ve now had our first case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) here in Plymouth. Our thoughts are with them and their family at this difficult time, and we all wish them a speedy recovery
This news has naturally caused concern for many of us, but now for all of us here in Plymouth to calmly pull together. I have been in regular contact with the council, and the best thing we can do now is follow the government’s advice to delay the spread of the virus. That means washing your hands regularly for 20 seconds at a time. That means you will need to self-isolate if you have any of the symptoms, even in a mild form. Those symptoms are: a persistent cough, a high temperature, or a shortness of breath. If you think you might be experiencing any of these symptoms, you should consult the NHS 111 website, link below.
People across Plymouth are concerned and worried for themselves and vulnerable family members. At this time we know that more people will get coronavirus. Our local NHS, social care system and city council are preparing and are ready to respond to this.
In the past few days I’ve spoken to many school and business leaders as well as health professionals. I have strong confidence in the abilities and dedication of our local NHS social care and emergency responders, and I know people in Plymouth do as well. It’s important in difficult times like this to follow advice and recognise symptoms of coronavirus. This will mean businesses, transport and public services will all be impacted across the country
Along with other Parliamentary colleagues, I’m working on a cross party basis to raise areas of concern with ministers so they can be addressed. We have to be our country before our Party if we’re going to defeat this virus.
Finally everyone has to look out for themselves and each other. I’d like to ask that everyone makes an extra effort to check in with vulnerable neighbours, and those who are prudently self- isolating, to make sure that they have what they need in terms of food, medicines and support. Plymouth has a strong community, and although we don’t boast about it, looking after one another is one of the things that we do best. Now is the time to do that more than ever.
I have a page on my website where I’m providing local updates for those in Plymouth. Again, if you’re concerned go to NHS 111 website.