Warning following small increase in COVID-19 cases in Coventry

Though Coventry’s infection rate remains lower than the regional average, at 6.8 cases per 100,000 people, residents are still being warned to not become complacent.

Nurse administering drive-through coronavirus test

Pictured: A nurse administering a COVID-19 test from a mobile testing location in a car park.

Coventry’s top public health official has warned Coventrians not to become complacent in protecting against COVID-19, following a small increase in confirmed cases across Coventry.

Over the last 10 days, the number of people testing positive for the virus has slowly but steadily risen. These have nearly all been people of working age who have not needed hospital treatment but live across the city rather than in one area or of one demographic.

Liz Gaulton, director of public health at Coventry City Council, said that although the number of cases remain low overall, it is important people do not become complacent.

“With the continued easement of lockdown restrictions and people moving about and doing more, the risk of catching the virus increases which is why it is as important as ever to follow the national advice and guidance,” she said.

“COVID-19 will take every opportunity it can to spread and this increase, although relatively small, is a timely reminder that we all have a part to play in containing the spread of COVID-19.”

Despite the increase in cases, the overall number of positive tests remain low.

Coventry currently has an infection rate of 6.8 cases per 100,000 people, compared to the wider West Midland rate 8.49, and a rate in Leicester of 159.1 when it went into further lockdown measures earlier this month.

Despite this, Liz Gaulton said she is anxious that the good work of the city in creating a low rate is not undone because of complacency.

She added: “Unfortunately, we are all going to be living with COVID-19 for some time to come which is why following national advice and guidelines must be part of our everyday lives. That way we reduce the risks and protect our family and friends at the same time – some of whom may be vulnerable.

“If you start to show any symptoms, no matter how mild, then you should self-isolate and seek a test.

“If you have come into contact with someone who has tested positive, then you must self-isolate for 14 days and seek a test if and only when you start to display symptoms. Seeking a test immediately may bring back a negative test and give you a false sense of security as you may have it, but the virus could be in the incubation stage within you.”

To book a free test, visit the NHS website or dial 119.

Find out the number of COVID-19 cases in the Coventry, the risk level and what to do if you have symptoms on our Live COVID-19 Information dashboard.