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Celebrate Eid safely to keep each other safe

Middlesbrough is getting more support to tackle the spike in coronavirus cases. Find out more about the extra support.

The Muslim community of Middlesbrough is being encouraged to celebrate Eid safely this week.

Celebrations for the Festival of Eid al-Adha are due to take place from July 20 - 23.

Middlesbrough currently has the second highest Covid infection rate in the country, at 1,388 per 100,000 of population.

Public health chiefs have warned that the rate means unvaccinated people are now more likely to be infected than at any time during the pandemic.

And as one of the highlights of the Muslim calendar approaches, families are being asked to take all sensible precautions and celebrate outdoors where possible.

Shaufkath Rashid, chair of the Tees Valley Muslim Council, said: "I’d like to thank everyone for all they’ve done so far. The Muslim community has acted responsibly throughout the pandemic but now with our local area having some of the highest rates of Covid in the country, our message to the community in the Tees Valley area is celebrate Eid-al-Adha with extreme vigilance.   

"Although Covid restrictions have been lifted, that doesn't mean we should let our guard down, please do enjoy the Eid celebrations but try and reduce the risk by having family gatherings outdoors where you can and enjoy the good weather.

"The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to ensure that you are vaccinated, now it is easier than ever to receive the vaccination with the availability of new drop-in clinics so please make use of them.

"While Covid cases remain high, we urge all of the local mosques in the Tees Valley area to continue with social distancing measures, use of face coverings, hand sanitisation and to make use of the lateral flow testing."

Hundreds of walk-in vaccination slots are available across Middlesbrough. Information and timings can be found on the Tees Valley CCG website.

Anyone who develops any symptoms of Covid-19 should stay at home along with those they live with and only leave to get a test. Tests can be booked via calling 119 or by visiting the NHS website.

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