More than 750 people in Suffolk have now sadly lost their lives to coronavirus, according to the latest official data.
Local authorities are asking people to strictly follow the lockdown rules, to save Suffolk lives.
By staying at home and limiting your interaction with others, this will stop the virus moving from person to person, make fewer people ill and ultimately prevent people from dying.
Meanwhile, as of the 11th January, there have been 19,039 total lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Suffolk. In total, there have been 2500 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people and still the lowest overall COVID-19 case rate in the East of England.
Stuart Keeble, Director of Public Health for Suffolk, said: “My thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by the loss of a loved one.
“Sadly, there will be further deaths, but every single person has the power to bring this number down with immediate effect, to reduce the pressure on our hospitals and to stop people from becoming ill with this deadly disease.
“This new variant is far more infectious, it doesn’t recognise that you follow the rules most of the time, it only takes one opportunity. “The message could not be clearer: Stay at home. Save lives.
“The lockdown measures are in place because the new strain of the virus is spreading more easily between people. If everyone limits their interaction with each other, we will not be giving the virus the opportunity to affect more people.
“Do not use lockdown restrictions as a challenge to see how you can flex the rules. Question yourself every time you think about leaving your home or getting in the car: is this the safest thing to do to protect my friends and family? Am I putting other people’s loved ones in danger?”
As of 25 December 2020, 774 people have lost their lives.
Staying at home can bring its own challenges, including feelings of isolation or worries about finances if you’re not able to go to work.
However, there are many people who are ready to listen, support and guide you through any difficulties or worries you have.
Home But Not Alone (tel. 0800 876 6926) is there to support you if are self-isolating and need access to medicine or food. There is financial support for those self-isolating and is available through your local borough or district council.