Don't let your guard down over Covid, says Shropshire public health chief

A public health chief has urged people not to let up in their efforts to reduce the spread of coronavirus, after the government revealed its 'roadmap' for lifting restrictions.

People have been warned not to let up in their efforts to cut the number of Covid cases
People have been warned not to let up in their efforts to cut the number of Covid cases

Rachel Robinson, director of public health at Shropshire Council, said there is still "a long road ahead", with a need to continue cutting the case rate in the county.

She said: "The figures for the number of people with Covid-19 in Shropshire have been declining in recent weeks, which is encouraging news. This is down to the collective efforts of all our residents, and I would like to extend my gratitude to everyone for all the sacrifices they continue to make.

“However, our cases rate still remains high and we have a long road ahead. We’ve seen before what happens when we relax too soon and how quickly the virus can spread when we let our guard down.

“The news that we now have a gradual route out of lockdown will be welcomed by many of our residents, but we cannot afford to rest on our laurels.

"With the collective efforts of everyone, we can drive down the levels of Covid-19 in Shropshire even further before lockdown eases.”

Dean Carroll, Shropshire Council’s cabinet member for adult social care, public health and climate change, said it was important that people do not drop their guard.

Hope

He said: “The Government’s roadmap for cautiously easing lockdown restrictions in England gives us all hope after what has been a challenging few months for both our residents and local businesses.

“This is certainly a step in the right direction and gives us all something to aim towards – but if we drop our guard, we’ll be back to square one. It is important to remember that some people who develop Covid-19 will not have symptoms and that a new virus strain, which spreads more easily, is circulating in the West Midlands.

“It’s important to stress lockdown measures will be relaxed gradually, and we all need to continue playing out part by sticking to the rules to help get our cases down even further.

“The safety of school pupils and staff is our main priority. We are working with schools and planning for a proposed return to school for all pupils from Monday, March 8.

“Our education teams are working very closely with headteachers, and I’d like to thank staff and parents for their continued support during a hugely difficult time. We will now review the situation on a weekly basis and continue to keep parents informed of key developments."

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