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Source: City of Coventry

Published Friday, 02 October 2020

The Leader of the Coventry City Council has urged residents and businesses to continue the fight in stopping the spread of Coronavirus.

It comes as news that the number of positive COVID-19 cases across the city has dipped slightly after reaching its highest level so far since widespread testing started.

Over recent weeks, the number of cases per 100,000 of the population in the city has risen from 30 to 75 at the start of this week. But by Friday, the figure had fallen slightly to 61.

Although the number is lower than in other towns and cities that have seen additional restrictions imposed – such as Birmingham, Solihull, Liverpool and Manchester – the recent rise means Coventry has closed the gap on West Midlands towns and cities that are listed as ‘areas of concern’.

Councillor George Duggins, Leader of Coventry City Council, said: “I’d like to thank the vast majority of residents and businesses that are following national guidance and doing all they can to help us reduce the spread of this highly contagious virus.

“But we must continue to come together as one community so we can avoid any additional Coronavirus restrictions that some of our neighbouring towns and cities now have, as these could be forced upon us if numbers continued to rise.

“If we all do that, then hopefully we can reverse, or at least slowdown, the recent rise in numbers and the latest numbers we have are encouraging. But none of us can be complacent.”

Liz Gaulton, Coventry’s Director of Public Health, added: “Everyone living, working, studying or just visiting our city, needs to play their part by acting responsibly.

“Following national advice, guidance and the law when it comes to self-isolating, is our best chance of containing and reducing the spread of this virus at the moment.”

People across England are now legally required to self-isolate if they test positive for coronavirus or are contacted by the test and trace service and face tough new fines if they fail to do so.

Fines start at £1,000 and will increase up to £10,000 for repeat offenders or serious breaches.

For more information about Covid-19, visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus where you can also book a free COVID-19 test. People without access to the internet who need to book a test should call 119.

MIL OSI United Kingdom