Covid-19 cases are rising again in Wolverhampton – with nearly 850 people testing positive in the city in the last 7 days and hospitalisations increasing.

As a result, residents are being reminded to remain vigilant and continue to do all they can to stop the spread of the virus.

John Denley, Wolverhampton's Director of Public Health, said: "It was widely expected that infections would increase once the Covid-19 measures were lifted last month, and that has proved to be the case, both locally and nationally. Indeed, the current infection rate is nearly twice that which we saw just a fortnight ago.

"So we're asking people to stay alert to the potential threat the virus poses and to carry on taking sensible precautions which will help stop the spread of Covid-19. 

"Although it is no longer mandatory, the national guidance is still to isolate if you record a positive Covid-19 test result so please make sure you do, as this is a sure fire way of stopping onward transmission of the virus.

"Testing remains crucial. You must still get a PCR test if you develop symptoms of Covid-19 and, if you don’t have symptoms, we ask that you continue to get a regular rapid test, just to reassure yourself that you do not have the virus – particularly before and after meeting up with more vulnerable friends and relatives.

"And remember, it's never too late to get vaccinated so, if you are due your first or second dose, or a booster, please come forward as soon as you can. This will provide you with the best possible protection against Covid-19."

"We're also asking people to consider following safer behaviours such as wearing a face covering in busy and enclosed spaces, and to keep practising good hygiene, including washing hands regularly. If you are meeting up with others, consider doing so either outside or in a well ventilated indoor space. This will be much easier to do now that we are moving out of winter and the weather is turning warmer.”

For details of local walk in Covid-19 vaccination clinics, offering first, second and booster jabs, please visit Find a walk-in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site. People can also book an appointment via Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination or by calling 119.

There were 323 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the last 7 days. That means 849 people tested positive for the virus in that same period – though the true number of cases will likely be higher.