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Source: City of Coventry

Published Friday, 14 August 2020

Council leaders today urged people and businesses across the West Midlands to keep following public health advice to reduce the threat of further COVID-19 lockdowns across the region, insisting: “We can’t afford to drop our guard now.”

At 13.8 per 100,000 population, the number of cases for the seven metropolitan authorities climbed slightly in the seven days up to and including 6 August, but still continues to be significantly lower than rates in the worst hit parts of the country.

The leaders of Birmingham, Coventry, Sandwell, Solihull, Dudley, Walsall and Wolverhampton councils met to discuss the regional picture and stressed the need for continued vigilance to reduce the risks of a further significant spike.

In particular, they urged businesses to contact Public Health England as soon as a case is identified – either confirmed or suspected – in a staff or customer.

And, looking ahead to next month when thousands of university students will be returning to study across the region, the seven council leaders said that social distancing will be key to preventing campus outbreaks.

They also stressed the importance of continuing to follow national guidance regarding social contact and events.

It remains the case that you should not:

  • socialise indoors in groups of more than two households (anyone in your support bubble counts as one household) – this includes when dining out or going to the pub
  • socialise outdoors in a group of more than six people from different households; gatherings larger than six should only take place if everyone is from exclusively from two households or support bubbles
  • interact socially with anyone outside the group you are attending a place with, even if you see other people you know, for example, in a restaurant, community centre or place of worship
  • hold or attend celebrations (such as parties) where it is difficult to maintain social distancing and avoid close social interaction – even if they are organised by businesses and venues that are taking steps to follow COVID-19 Secure guidelines
  • stay overnight away from your home with members of more than one other household (your support bubble counts as one household)
  • It is against the law for gatherings of more than 30 people to take place in private homes (including gardens and other outdoor spaces). Businesses and venues following COVID-19 Secure guidelines can host larger groups provided they comply with the law
  • If attending a place or event that is following COVID-19 Secure guidelines, you should take care to limit your interactions with anyone outside of your group and you should continue to maintain social distancing from those that you do not live with.

Councillor Abdul Khan, Deputy Leader of Coventry City Council, said: “Although with the increasing relaxation of lockdown measures, other areas of the country have shown that unless we all do our part, we could face further lockdowns which is where none of us in Coventry want to be.

“It is the reason why no one can be complacent and we must continue to follow the guidance so we can avoid Coventry facing any further measures. By not following guidance you could be spreading the virus without knowing it putting other people at risk.

“Also, if you show any Covid-19 symptoms – no matter how mild – you should book a free test immediately, either online or by calling 119.”

Local Authority

Mid 2019 Population estimates

7 days including 13th July

7 days including 20th July

7 days including 27th July

7 days including 1st Aug

7 days including 6th Aug

N

Rate

N

Rate

N

Rate

N

Rate

N

Rate

Birmingham

1141816

81

7.1

153

13.4

152

13.3

137

12

195

17.1

Coventry

371521

9

2.4

28

7.5

44

11.8

52

14

51

13.9

Dudley

321596

7

2.2

4

1.2

17

5.3

15

4.7

5

1.6

Sandwell

328450

40

12.2

88

26.8

91

27.7

57

17.4

67

20.5

Solihull

216374

17

7.9

11

5.1

13

6.0

13

6

22

10.2

Walsall

285478

32

11.2

28

9.8

21

7.4

21

7.4

25

8.8

Wolverhampton

263357

11

4.2

16

6.1

45

17.1

40

15.2

40

15.2

WMCA

2928592

197

6.7

328

11.2

383

13.1

335

11.5

405

13.8

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