Follow the rules and get the number of Covid cases down in Worcester
The Director of Public Health in Worcestershire is appealing to the city's residents to follow the guidance and help stop the spread of Covid-19 in the city, as infection rates are increasing rapidly.
Latest data shows that in Worcester the infection rate has risen by 69% in the last 7 days and is now at 154 per 100,000 people.
Monitoring of the recent cases in the district has shown that a high number are being transmitted within households. This means that many of the new cases could be prevented by following the rules, such as the Rule of Six.
Dr. Kathryn Cobain, the Director for Public Health in Worcestershire said: "I am really concerned to see the rising infection rate in Worcester. This is a clear indication that people are not social distancing and following the rules which can help prevent the virus spreading.
"I am appealing to everyone in the city, it is in your hands to help us stop the virus spreading. The figures show that the virus is spreading rapidly. Everyone needs to think about how you are going about your daily lives; washing your hands regularly, and wearing face coverings where it is compulsory to do so and keeping at a social distance.
"The virus only moves around because we mix and socialise. This is how it spreads. It is really imperative that we break the chains of transmission, and continue to follow the guidance.
"You can reduce your own risk to the virus and protect those you love, by following the rules and keeping Covid-19 under control."
Councillor Marc Bayliss, Leader of Worcester City Council, said: "None of us want to see Worcester move to Tier Two. It will mean we all have to see less of our friends and family, and it would have an impact on our local businesses and economy. Please play your part in keeping us in Tier One by following the rules in every aspect of your daily lives – wash your hands regularly, wear a mask whenever it's required and keep your distance. Together, we can reduce the spread of the virus."