Chesterfield Royal Hospital is Covid-free
It has been confirmed that Chesterfield Royal Hospital is currently free of the virus which has dominated our lives for the last 14 months.
On Friday afternoon, a hospital spokesperson told the Derbyshire Times: “It’s hugely encouraging for the trust that we currently have no patients with a positive diagnosis of Covid-19 but it is important to remember that it has taken a lot of hard work, both within this hospital and out in the community to get to this point.
“We all have a responsibility to continue to follow all Government guidelines as they change and the safety measures we’ve implemented within the hospital to keep those numbers down.
“This virus is still out there in the community and is still a danger to health.
“We want everyone to make sure that our continued combined efforts can allow us to further recover, keep those numbers down and allow us all the opportunity to enjoy the summer that we’ve been hoping for.”
The news comes after the phenomenal success of the vaccine roll-out and the sacrifices made by so many.
Nine out of 10 people aged 40 and over have now had a first vaccine dose in England.
Public Health England research suggests coronavirus vaccines have saved 11,700 lives and stopped 33,000 people becoming seriously ill with Covid-19 in England.
The analysis found people in their 70s and 80s had seen the biggest fall in deaths and hospital admissions.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the figures were ‘remarkable’ and added that getting a vaccine is ‘one of the most important things you will be asked to do in your lifetime’.
The next major easing of lockdown restrictions is due to take place on Monday.
Indoor hospitality will restart, with cafés, pubs and restaurants allowed to serve food and drinks to customers indoors for the first time since December.
Most forms of indoor entertainment where social distancing is possible will also be able to resume, including cinemas, theatres, museums and children’s play areas.
People will also be able to meet indoors in groups of up to six or as two households, or outdoors in groups of up to 30 people.