Surrey’s Local Resilience Forum is putting additional measures in-place to support hospitals, social care, and other front-line services, as they battle to deal with very high and rising rates of Covid-19 infections across the county.
Over the last seven days infections rates across the county have risen by almost 25 percent and hospital admissions with people suffering from Covid-19 have increased by 140 percent. Surrey now has one of the highest infection rates per 100,000 in the UK and in some districts and boroughs one person in every five tested were Covid-19 positive.
Since March last year, the Resilience Forum has been operating in Major Incident response and recovery mode and has been working with partners including hospitals, GPs, social care, the emergency services, county, district and borough councils, to coordinate the response to the pandemic.
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday (4th January) placing England into a new national lockdown, the partners that make up the Resilience Forum, will now reprioritise their approach, focusing on public safety and redeploying staff and expertise between organisations to achieve the best outcomes for the people of Surrey.