RESIDENTS in Bromsgrove are being warned they could face tougher restrictions as cases of Covid-19 are rising rapidly in the district.
The town now has an infection rate of 80 per 100,000 people – the highest in Worcestershire.
The director of Public Health in the county, Dr Kathryn Cobain, is urging residents to follow the social distancing rules to help reduce the rapidly rising infection rate.
She said: “I am extremely concerned to see the infection rate taking off in Bromsgrove.
“This is the clearest indication yet that some people are not following the rules.
“The rate is high enough to potentially see the district added to the government’s watch list which could result in further measures being introduced.”
Many of the cases are under the age of 50 and are not related to any known situation.
While Public Health teams are supporting local areas, residents are key to bringing the cases back under control.
“I am now appealing to each and every person in Bromsgrove, now is the time to take this seriously,” added Dr Cobain.
“We must do everything we can to stop the virus spreading.
“It really isn’t that hard to think about how you are going about your daily lives. Keeping your distance from others, reducing who you mix with, wearing face coverings and washing your hands regularly.
“By sticking to the rules, you can reduce your risk and the risk of those you love.”
Councillor Karen May, leader of Bromsgrove District Council, said the figures show that Covid-19 is spreading in the community quickly.
“Come on Bromsgrove, we can do this if we act quickly and together now,” she said.