Health chiefs are calling on Wolverhampton’s most vulnerable residents to take extra care to protect themselves and others during the continuing coronavirus pandemic.

Wolverhampton’s Director of Public Health John Denley and Dr Salma Reehana, Chair of the Governing Body for Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group, have written to nearly 50,000 Wolverhampton  residents and vulnerable patients registered with a city GP with advice about how to stay safe in the weeks and months ahead.

John said: “It's important to remember that Covid-19 hasn’t gone away and the number of new cases locally has increased over the last month or so which shows how easily it can spread, particularly within households and from one family to another.

“It’s a worry for everyone, especially as winter approaches, and that’s why we must all continue to do all we can to stay safe and well and to help stop the spread of Covid-19.”

The letter includes details of the local restrictions on households mixing in Wolverhampton which were introduced last month which mean residents must not allow people they don't live with or who are not part of their support or care bubble into their home or garden, or visit other people’s homes or gardens.

It also highlights the other measures people can take to protect themselves and others, whether at work, home or when they are out and about, including observing social distancing, practicing good hand hygiene and wearing face coverings in enclosed public spaces like shops and on public transport.

John added: “We hope the letter provides useful information and also reassurance around some of the key things that we can all do to protect ourselves and others from Covid-19.”

Symptoms of Covid-19 include a fever, a new, continuous cough and loss or change to a person’s sense of taste and smell. People with symptoms, no matter how mild, should immediately self-isolate and book a test by visiting NHS or calling 119.

Anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will be asked to share information about people that have been close contacts recently.

The latest information and guidance around coronavirus is available at GOV.UK and on the council’s own coronavirus pages at Coronavirus advice and information. For full details of the local restrictions currently in place, please visit Local restrictions in Wolverhampton