Warning on Covid-19 for Lichfield District as cases surge

Coronavirus cell with wording: Lichfield District Covid-19 cases are rising. Hands, face, space

People across Lichfield district are being urged to stick to the Covid-19 rules, after a surge in cases.

If cases continue to rise, people are being warned not only could more lives be but at risk, but the government may step in and impose further restrictions.

Since 1 September, there have been nearly 250 confirmed cases and they continue to rise.

Geographically cases are increasing right across the district, with the 19-24 year olds most affected. There has been no one single source of infection as transmissions have been identified within and between households, care homes, schools and businesses.

While there are no additional restrictions being advised at this stage, this is a rapidly changing situation.

To bring the rate of cases down people are being urged to strictly following the national rules and do what they can do in their local communities to help reduce the risk of virus transmission.

Dr Johnny McMahon, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for health, care and wellbeing, said:

“Cases in Lichfield district are a genuine concern. People need to act now to prevent the risk of Covid-19 cases increasing further, which could lead to the government stepping in with additional restrictions.

“Simple measures do make a huge impact and by educating and encouraging all our communities there is a great chance to get the situation back under control.”

Doug Pullen, leader of Lichfield District Council, said: 

“Washing your hands regularly, covering your face and making space between you and others may seem like basic things, but they really can reduce the spread of infection.

“I know that the people of Lichfield district will want to do everything they can to work together and turn the tide on the number of cases we are seeing in our area.”

You can find out more information and advice at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/coronavirus or www.staffordshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Published: 12 October 2020