Statement from the Council Leader a year on from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic

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A year on from the start of the pandemic

Statement from the Leader of Bradford Council

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council, said:

“I remember distinctly this time last year when the news came through that the first case of coronavirus had been confirmed in the District. You only needed to watch the international news to know that other countries across the world were already in crisis, trying to control the virus, to know what this first case meant.  Almost 45,000 cases and 1,163 deaths later, we’ve all been through a lot.

“It’s been unlike anything we have lived through before.  We have all made sacrifices to help our family, neighbours, work colleagues and communities. I said from the outset that the number one priority was the preservation of life, and that remains our focus to this day.

“Despite this, many people in our communities have lost family members and friends. And people have faced hardships, lost their jobs, and livelihoods.

“But, through it all, I have been heartened by the caring folk of Bradford district, the community spirit and kindness shown and the strength of character we have.  We’re made of stern stuff.

“I cannot thank enough those in the Council, health workers, voluntary and charitable organisations, care home workers, teachers - and many more people than I could mention - who have worked tirelessly to support those in need and continue to do so.  Many are exhausted but carry on for the love of the place and people they serve.”

“As we look back on the last year, we’re also planning ahead.  There is much more work that we still have to do to enable us to get closer to the life we left twelve months ago.

“The vaccine is making a difference and communities are responding well when they get their invitations.

“But infection rates haven’t fallen enough and we must stay vigilant and keep going with the key actions that will help reduce the risks of COVID-19: Washing our hands every time we go somewhere or get home; Using a face covering when shopping or near crowded areas; keeping at least 2 metres away from others where possible.  We must protect each other.

“I’m convinced that a better tomorrow is round the corner. The council is preparing for that tomorrow by planning investment in catch up classes for children, jobs programmes for those unemployed and more support for people suffering from mental health issues.  But in the meantime let’s all play our part to keep the infection rate down whilst the vaccines are delivered. These hard times will pass.”

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