Indian variant outbreaks confirmed at two West Yorkshire schools
Two West Yorkshire schools within 10 miles of each other have had outbreaks of the Indian variant of coronavirus.
Councilor Naseem Ahmed, who represents Wakefield South said earlier this week that he had received reports of a small number of cases of the Indian variant at two schools in Wakefield.
Cllr Ahmed told Yorkshire Live he had received an update from the Wakefield Council public health team which confirmed the two schools were Sandal Castle Primary School and Outwood Academy Hemsworth.
In an article published Monday on Wakefield South News, Cllr Ahmed wrote: “According to the update earlier in the week, we are now seeing sporadic cases of the Indian variant in the Wakefield district.
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“Before any further communication, I would like to inform you that a small number of cases have been confirmed relating to two schools, one of which is in your neighborhood, Sandal Castle Primary School.
“The other school is Outwood Academy Hemsworth. We have worked closely with both schools to quickly identify and isolate those who are in close contact and reduce the risk of spread.
“We are also proactively reaching out to all parents in affected schools to remind them of the symptoms of the virus, how to get tested, take their vaccine when offered and continue to monitor – Hands, Face and Space – to help reduce the propagation.”
Cllr Ahmed said he wanted to release the update to warn parents and also encourage people to go for the vaccine.
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“I know there have been a few people in the area who may have been reluctant to take the vaccine, so my goal was to get the message across that we are not quite through it,” did he declare.
“There is some reluctance and I know the council has followed this by reminding people of the vaccination centers.
“The information I received [about the schools] was correct until I delivered it and I understand from relatives who have been in contact with me that this was the case. “
Launching a vaccination campaign, Cllr Ahmed said: “There are two centers in the Wakefield South area. There is one at Sandal Rugby Club and another at Navigation Walk and as it is halfway through. , this could be a good opportunity for people to book in. “