Telford and Shropshire Covid rates are low but keep following the rules, say health bosses

Covid infections rates throughout the county remain low but people should continue to play their part in following the rules, health bosses say.

For the third week running, the number of new cases in Telford and Wrekin has been between 49 and 60.

Last week, 49 new Covid-19 cases were reported in the borough – an 18 per cent drop compared with the previous week's total.

The seven-day infection rate for Telford and Wrekin was 27 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people.

Meanwhile, in Shropshire there were 92 new coronavirus cases in the seven-days leading up to March 25 – a three per cent decline on the previous week.

The seven-day infection rate stood at 28.5 cases per 100,000 people.

Infection rates in both areas were below the regional and national averages.

Health chiefs in the county are urging people to be cautious ahead of Easter and to be sensible in following the rules.

Liz Noakes, Telford and Wrekin's director for public health, said: "It is only because of months of sacrifice and effort from them that restrictions are being eased, so I must say a big thank you to our residents.

"This Easter, we will be able to meet outdoors and enjoy some sunshine with others while following the rule of six.

"But we must be sensible and cautious.

"We still need to follow restrictions to keep people safe.

"I must stress that we should not be meeting people indoors. Also, please continue to minimise travel and stay local."

Councillor Andy Burford, Telford & Wrekin Council's cabinet member for health and social care, said now that infection rates in the borough were low, cases are likely to slightly fluctuate from week to week.

"Looking at the past three weeks, we can see the number of new cases we have is levelling out," he said.

"It is pleasing that rates in Telford and Wrekin remain low, and lockdown restrictions are being eased as planned.

"If we continue to play our part in following the rules, we will reduce the spread of the virus and stay on track to ease restrictions."

Shropshire Council is also encouraging everyone to stay local over the Easter period to help avoid a spike in new cases.

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