In response to the UK recording more than 150,000 COVID-related deaths since the start of the pandemic, Calderdale Council’s Leader, Cllr Tim Swift, said:
“This is an incredibly sad and significant milestone. Each figure represents the tragic loss of a person to this cruel disease, as well as grieving loved ones and communities. We send our deepest sympathies and thoughts to everyone affected, and we are flying the Union flag at half-mast at Halifax Town Hall as a mark of respect.
“Up to 24 December 2021, 423 Calderdale residents have died with COVID-19 mentioned on their death certificate. The numbers are a stark reminder that the virus is still very serious. Calderdale case rates are currently around three times higher than they have ever been during the pandemic, and health and social care services are under immense pressure.
“The Omicron wave will affect us all in some way, but there are small things we can all do to try to soften the impact. Getting vaccinated and boosted remains one of our best lifelines. We can also make a difference and protect each other by wearing masks, limiting mixing with people we don’t live with, letting fresh air in, taking a lateral flow test before mixing with others indoors, isolating and getting a PCR test if we have COVID symptoms, frequent hand washing and working from home where possible.
“There is hope. The success of the vaccine programme is thankfully reducing the number of people becoming seriously ill and dying, and the borough’s response throughout the pandemic has been nothing but inspirational. Calderdale people look out for each other, and whenever we ask you to help out, step up or volunteer, you do. Thank you to all the organisations, community groups and individuals who continue to show true kindness in the fight against COVID-19.”