THE director of Public Health in Worcestershire is appealing to the residents of Redditch to stop the spread of Covid-19, as the district’s infection rate increases.
Latest data shows that Redditch has an infection rate of 47 per 100,000 people.
This is higher than the county’s overall rate of 37 per 100,000 people.
Dr. Kathryn Cobain, the director for Public Health, said: “I am concerned to see the rising infection rate in Redditch and in particular among the 20-29 age group.
“This tells us that people are not social distancing and following the rules which can help prevent the virus spreading.
“I am appealing to everyone in Redditch to help us stop it spreading.
“I’d ask everyone to think about how you are going about your daily lives, who you mix with, do you wash your hands? Wear face coverings? Keep your distance?
“The virus only moves around because we mix and socialise. This is how it spreads.
“If you stop mixing with others, keep your distance, wash your hands and wear face coverings, you are breaking the chains of transmission.”
Councillor Matt Dormer, Leader of Redditch Borough Council, said: “We can’t ignore these figures. They clearly show that Covid is in our community and spreading.
“The residents of Redditch can take action quickly, to prevent the situation affecting more lives.
“We want to see our communities recover and our economy grow and we can only achieve this if we all follow the guidance and protect ourselves and the ones we love.”
Coun Dormer added that now is the time to act, follow the new rules and stop the spread of this virus.