Council warn of local lockdown in Coventry

A continual rise in COVID-19 cases in Coventry means the city has closed the gap with other cities classified as ‘areas of concern’ by the Government.

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Leaders at Coventry City Council have said they are becoming “increasingly concerned” about a sustained rise in the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Coventry as the chance of a local lockdown seems increasingly likely.

Over the past two weeks, the number of cases per 100,000 of the population in the city has risen from 30 to more than 70.

The pattern of cases has changed from being confined outbreaks in parts of the city to widespread community transmission.

Despite case numbers remaining lower than neighbouring Birmingham and Solihull, which have seen local restrictions imposed, the continual rise means Coventry has closed the gap with cities classified as ‘areas of concern’.

If made an ‘area of concern’, the city would see extra measures put in place to stop the spread, including a ban on different households mixing in homes and gardens.

Cllr George Duggins, Leader of the Council, explained that he understands that everybody has been following national advice for a long time, but insisted that “we must continue to protect each other”.

“If we can do that and act responsibly, then hopefully we can reverse, or at least slow, this concerning rise in numbers”, he continued.

It is hoped the introduction of the new NHS COVID-19 app will speed up the identification of those who have been exposed to positive cases and thus need to self-isolate.

Liz Gaulton, the city’s Director of Public Health, expressed her concern that the steady rise in cases is putting us “very near the point where restrictions may be imposed.”

Around 14 million people across the country are now subject to extra restrictions, including most local authorities in the West Midlands.