Weekend Update: 223 new cases and two covid-linked hospital deaths recorded

    There were 223 positive coronavirus cases recorded and two hospital deaths announced in Milton Keynes over the weekend, according to data from Public Health England.

    131 cases were recorded in the city on Saturday (5/12) and 91 cases on Sunday (6/12), taking the total number of cases to 4,218 since the pandemic began. 

    Sadly, a further two hospital deaths were recorded over the weekend. These deaths took place on 2nd December. 

    Last week, it was announced by Cllr Pete Marland, Leader of Milton Keynes Council, that the infection rate in the city is "stabilising". 

    He said on Friday: "Our figure is now stabilising and I would like to thank you for all that you have done.

    "We have all had to make, and continue to make, sacrifices and changes to our everyday lives."

    This news came as the city headed towards the first weekend out of lockdown, and in Tier 2 restrictions.

    Tier 2 means that non-essential retail, restaurants, and entertainment venues can reopen (with restrictions in place), but social gatherings indoors outside of support bubbles are banned. 

    "Please don't ignore this," Cllr Marland added. "If you can work from home, please do. News of a vaccine is positive, but the impact is a little way off.

    "I appreciate there are many things we'd all like to be doing with friends and family right now, but that's not possible and it's really tough. Our rate can rise as well as fall, and we want to avoid the severe restrictions of Tier 3. We need to get our number of going cases down, and keep them down."

    Monday's case data will be released later on today

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