Residents of two parts of Coventry are being urged to follow Covid-19 guidelines to keep their loved ones safe after a spike in cases.
As reported, Coventry City Council has confirmed a rise in coronavirus cases in St Michael’s and Lower Stoke in the last few weeks.
Liz Gaulton, Director of Public Health at the city council, said there has been a “small but steady” rise in cases.
The council has not confirmed the actual number of cases in the wards, despite repeated questions from CoventryLive.
But ward councillors have today (September 8) expressed their concern at the figures and urged people to follow guidelines to help them and their loved ones stay safe.
Cllr John McNicholas, one of the ward councillors for Lower Stoke, said he understood that the spike is being driven by an increasing number of cases in young people.
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He said: “I would ask them to think about their relatives and take care, not just for themselves but for their parents and loved ones.
“In the main Lower Stoke residents are being very careful. I know this, I see it regularly.
“These measures are a precaution so let’s work this through together.”
His comments reflect thoughts on what is driving the recent spike in coronavirus cases nationally.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said in a statement in the House of Commons today that there has been a “concerning rise in the number of positive cases, particularly among younger people”.
Cllr Naeem Akhtar, one of the ward councillors for St Michael’s, echoed the call for people to follow guidelines.
He said: “We are very concerned about reports that infections are going up in our ward. I know people are concerned but the council is working with its partners to tackle this.
“People should follow the rules set by Public Health and the Government, and if they have symptoms they should go and get tested.
“Keep social distancing, cover your face on public transport and in public places, wash and sanitise your hands. These are the things we can do to minimise the spread of the virus. I’m sure that together we can tackle this.”
What are the restrictions in St Michael’s and Lower Stoke?
As per current guidelines elsewhere, residents should only meet outdoors in a group of up to six people from different households, while members of two different households can meet inside socially distanced.
Businesses such as pubs, clubs, restaurants and bingo halls are reminded to ensure visitors socially distance and that hand sanitisers are provided, and they must also keep records of their customers for test and trace reasons.
Restrictions on visitors to care homes in the two areas have also been reinstated to help curb the spread of the virus in the elderly.