The warning comes as latest data shows that nearly 900 people in Wolverhampton tested positive for the virus in the 7 days to 20 November – though the true number of cases will likely be considerably higher.
England is currently subject to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions which remain in place until 2 December. These mean that people:
- must stay home as much as possible and only leave for a limited number of reasons such as education, exercise and recreation or to shop for essentials
- should work from home if they can
- should not mix with other people indoors or in private gardens, unless they are part of the same household or part of a care or support bubble
There were 340.62 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the 7 days to 20 November and Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "Coronavirus is still spreading within our communities.
“We know that Covid-19 thrives on human contact, and we need to carry on doing all we can to stop it in its tracks – primarily by limiting contact with people who aren't part of the same household or bubble.
"The Government’s lockdown rules mean you mustn’t mix with others in your home or private garden, on the school run, or in shops or other indoor spaces.
“The only exception is if you are on your own, in which case the rules allow you to meet with one other person from another household to exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place – though you should still practice social distancing from them.”
She added: "We know how restrictive these measures are on our everyday lives, but we need to carry on following the rules if we are to win the battle with Covid-19."
The latest information and guidance around coronavirus is available at GOV.UK and on the council’s own coronavirus pages. Details of the national lockdown measures in effect until 2 December, and the answers to frequently asked questions, are available at COVID Alert.
Symptoms of Covid-19 include a fever, a new, continuous cough and loss or change to a person’s sense of taste and smell. To book a test, visit GOV.UK or call 119. People can get tested within 8 days of developing symptoms.