Milton Keynes Council seeks 1,000 people to join COVID Community Champions network

    In today's weekly update, the Leader of Milton Keynes Council addressed the launch of the COVID Community Champions network and how they are looking for 1,000 people to take part.

    This follow's the success of the council's online survey on coronavirus which saw hundreds of residents answer questions on common symptoms of the virus, how to prevent passing it on, and what to do if they become ill.

    Five out of six people got the answers correct, and now Cllr Pete Marland, Leader, is turning to people to join a new network. He said: "If you are really confident in your knowledge and want to help your local community, you might want to take apart in our new COVID Community Champions Network. We're looking for 1,000 people across Milton Keynes, who we'll support to share guidance on COVID-19 prevention and how to keep people safe."

    In the video, published on YouTube, Cllr Marland addressed the latest figures for Milton Keynes stating that 51 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past two weeks. This leaves Milton Keynes with 11.9 cases per 100,000 population, which is the lowest out of surrounding towns Luton and Bedford.

    He added:  "We have always known that a second wave is likely because there is no immunity to the virus and respiratory illnesses, that affect breathing and the lungs, become more prevalent in the winter months. The rise in cases locally and nationally is therefore very concerning.

    "We don't want a second wave and a return to a full lockdown. That is why the Government has announced new measures to control the spread of COVID-19. They will come into force on Monday. We fully support these measures."

    Today it has been revealed that the R number has risen above 1, a critical level, which means the infection is growing exponentially.

    The Government has introduced the rule of six at a bid to control the virus, meaning that no more than six people can meet in both indoor and outdoor settings (exceptions apply). This will come into force on Monday (14/9) resulting in a fine for those who break the law.

    Cllr Marland concluded his message by saying: "I'm proud of the way people and businesses in Milton Keynes have pulled together over the past six months, and together we can and will continue to care for eachother and our communities."

    If you would like to find out more information about the COVID Community Champions network, please email Covidchampions@milton-keynes.gov.uk.

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