Sadly, the number of Covid cases in both Babergh and Mid Suffolk (and across Suffolk and the East of England in general) continue to be high. As a result, 835 beds in hospitals serving Suffolk are occupied by Covid cases, an increase from 793 last week. ICU and ACU admissions are climbing and deaths have almost doubled. Our healthcare provisions remain under immense pressure, and the NHS Federation’s recent #CovidEmergency campaign aims to highlight the unsustainable strain placed on frontline services.

Many of us will also be facing our own personal challenges as we near the end of the third week of the latest national lockdown. The pandemic has been incredibly hard for everyone and its impact on our lives, and the lives of our loved ones, is sadly likely to be felt for some time to come. 

There is hope on the horizon, as vaccines begin to roll out across our districts. We know that many of you have been involved in this process in a voluntary capacity, for which we are immensely grateful.

However, in the meantime, we must continue to support each other, and our districts, during this difficult time. Help is at hand and, together with our Suffolk Resilience Forum partners, we are reminding residents that #SuffolkSupportsYou.

Do please continue to remind your networks that this support includes Home, But Not Alone which continues to assist vulnerable residents with access to food and medicine (an update on the service can be found below). Those needing financial support can contact the Suffolk Advice and Support Service, on 0800 068 3131.  Healthy Suffolk meanwhile, provides free advice on mental health and staying fit and active.

You can stay up-to-date with the latest case numbers through the Suffolk Coronavirus Bulletins, which include the latest county-wide figures and developments, and are available for you to access 24/7.  You can also see our most recent press releases and any updates to our services in our COVID-19 response page on our website