Beaconsfield MP Joy Morrissey writes exclusively to Bucks Free Press readers:

This week Parliament debated the government’s use of coronavirus restrictions.

Whilst there are many differing views about the nature, shape or form that the current restrictions and regulations should take, colleagues from across the House are in broad agreement that everyone across the country needs to remain vigilant.

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The recent rise in case numbers is cause for concern, but make no mistake we are not back where we were in March.

Although case numbers are high this is predominantly down to the significant increase in testing.

The good news is that a smaller percentage of these tests are coming back positive in comparison to earlier in the year.

Additionally, most of these tests are coming from younger cohorts of the population.

Whereas in March and April people were getting tested in hospitals when they were already very ill.

Whilst this is this seemingly welcome news, it is not an excuse for complacency.

The virus is no less prevalent and those who are older or have pre-existing conditions are still no-less vulnerable.

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As we move into winter, I would urge you all to consider limiting contact to people who you know are at particular risk of developing complications from coronavirus.

As long as we remain vigilant, and keep this all in mind there is no reason why you should not be able to continue doing the things you love.

Across Beaconsfield we have managed to prevent and avoid any major outbreaks.

In light of this I will endeavour to ensure that should any local restrictions across Bucks come into force, they are targeted at the areas with the highest number of cases, such as Aylesbury and Wycombe.

Hopefully, if we continue the good work we can avoid totally this outcome and have a much brighter winter than many expected.