Coronavirus: Public urged to ‘Step Up’ as Shropshire sees rise in Covid-19 case numbers

The following is taken directly from Shropshire Council’s website:

Last week in Shropshire saw a further 222 confirmed cases, and Shropshire Council are strongly encouraging people of all ages, particularly the younger and working age population, to continue to play their part and help the county avoid further restrictions and a lockdown.

Shropshire rate is currently at 69.3 per 100,000. 60% of Shropshire’s cases are also happening outside of occupational settings.

The UK Government confirmed the county will be placed in Tier 1 on the new COVID-19 alert system. Restrictions in place include the rule of six – which means that no more than six people can gather together – either indoors or outdoors.

Rachel Robinson, Shropshire’s Director of Public Health:

 “Almost every area of Shropshire at the time of writing is experiencing a rise in cases, and across all age groups.

“This time last month we had 29 cases in a week– now we have 222 cases so this shows how rapidly the virus can spread.

“We are asking people to be even more vigilant about the basic steps. It means keeping 2 metres from people you do not live with, wear face coverings and wash hands.

“Please limit the number of times you come into contact with others outside your household or bubble – whether it’s in a shop, at the school gates or meeting friends. This will help reduce the rising rate of transmission.

“If you have symptoms, please stay at home, self-isolate and book a test.  Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

“The power is in our hands. If we all step up and do our part, we can cut the rates of infection.”