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Coronavirus: Spelthorne 'area of concern' over rising cases


Spelthorne has been placed on the government’s Covid-19 watchlist and is officially an “area of concern” because of a rise in the number of coronavirus cases.

Spelthorne now has the highest rates of coronavirus in the South East, Surrey’s director of public health says.

Data shows the number of cases in Spelthorne is "out of step" with the rest of Surrey, a spokeswoman for Spelthorne Borough Council said.

"Being an area of concern does not mean there will be a local lockdown or closures at this stage, but it does mean that residents must be extra vigilant and follow government guidelines to stop the spread of coronavirus."

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Public health chief: 'Help us avoid more Covid-19 cases'

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Surrey's public health director has called for people's help to contain any further spread of coronavirus in Woking.

The latest seven-day figure for Woking is about 20 new infections per 100,000. There has been 74 new cases confirmed in the week to last Thursday in Surrey.

The county's public health director, Ruth Hutchinson, said local lockdowns were not being considered, but she asked the public for extra vigilance to avoid additional measures.

Motorway open after flooding

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Part of the M25 motorway in Surrey was closed because of flash flooding on Thursday.

The road has now reopened.

The M23 was also closed, but reopened on Thursday night too.