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Report shines light on coronavirus response

Social care, food parcels, PPE and communities fund highlighted

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A new report shows that just under 10,000 people have now been contacted by social care staff working round-the-clock to make sure residents have the support they need.

Setting out how Leicestershire County Council is responding to the coronavirus pandemic, it also conveys thanks to the Sichuan Province in China for its donation of 20,000 face masks.

The update – which will be discussed by the council’s cabinet this morning (Friday) – says that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Leicestershire remains below the East Midlands and national averages.

  • A dedicated team is working round-the-clock to call people most at risk: 13,000 of the 24,000 people identified by the Government have registered for support – and almost 10,000 of these have been contacted
  • A central team is working hard to build up PPE stock – and the council is running an emergency PPE line at weekends for care homes
  • Twenty-thousand facemasks donated to Leicestershire by Sichuan in China have arrived – and will bolster supplies for key workers
  • Over 230 emergency food parcels have been delivered
  • Seven waste sites have reopened
  • Walking and cycling strategies are being reviewed – including links in and around market towns and into Leicester
  • 160 voluntary groups have received a slice of £1.5m fund designed to support communities

Our extensive response to the coronavirus outbreak is continuing – and supporting vulnerable people remains our number one priority. 

Coming back from coronavirus is also key – and it will be vastly different from any other emergency. Many of our vital services are still running but some have been stood down or adapted. Our focus is on bringing back services carefully, sticking to Government guidelines, supporting local communities and boosting the economy

The report will be discussed by the council’s cabinet this morning (Friday) – watch the meeting online 

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