People warned about COVID-19 rise

Published Wednesday, 16 June 2021

With COVID-19 cases rising in Coventry, everyone who lives, works and studies in the city is being urged to be cautious, follow all restrictions and get their vaccine when called.

There are currently 54 per 100,000 residents in the city – compared to 12 on 27 May – a 350% increase.

The largest number of cases is in the 16-17 age group with the second largest number of cases being in the 20-29 age group. Rates are higher in age groups that have not had chance to be vaccinated with the new Delta Variant responsible for the majority of cases – the variant is believed to be 40% more infectious.

Public Health and Council leaders in the city are urging everyone to get the jab when offered, with those who have not yet had the first vaccination being reminded that it’s not too late. People are also being asked to do twice weekly symptom-free testing and keep hands clean to help suppress the virus.

Council Leader, Cllr George Duggins, said: “As we saw with the Prime Ministers recent announcement on Monday evening, we are now at a crucial point in the fight against COVID. We are so close to seeing a greater easing of restrictions, but we know there is still work to do.

“Thank you to everyone in the city who has already had their vaccination, and to those eligible, my message is to please go along and make sure you and those close to you are protected.

“I have had both doses myself and the whole experience was very easy and stress-free, with excellent care from the medical team. It is such a quick and easy thing to do, but it could literally be the difference between life and death.”

Liz Gaulton, Director of Public Health, said: “Although our number remains relatively low, the speed of increase of our rate is what is most concerning.

“The vaccine roll-out is good news but it cannot make us complacent. We must continue to follow the rules such as social distancing, wear masks when we need to, and we must self-isolate if we have come into contact with a positive case.

“We have done so well for so long, and it is vitally important that we do not throw all of that good work away now.

“The vaccine is now being offered to younger age groups, and the more people who get the vaccine, the better we are all protected.

“Also, even if you have had your vaccine, please continue to do twice-weekly testing, wear face coverings and keep to social distancing. Together we can bring the R rate down again.”

People can find out more about COVID advice, restrictions, testing centres and the vaccine on the Council website, or by visiting NHS.co.uk

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