Tamworth Council has written to residents with an “urgent update” over fears of an escalation to high alert level if Covid cases continue to rise.
Tamworth, and Staffordshire as a whole, is currently medium, the lowest possible tier, but bosses have warned cases are rising rapidly in letters received by many today (Tuesday).
Over the last seven days cases had risen by almost 50 per cent to 164 – with as many as 48 new cases on Monday alone.
Letters have been sent to Tamworth’s 35,000 homes asking residents to redouble their efforts to strictly follow the national guidance – and to go even further if possible.
The letter from council leader Danny Cook and local Covid lead, councillor Jeremy Oates reads: “We know that people have made huge sacrifices during the pandemic and we would like to thank you for everything you are doing to try and control the virus.
“These sacrifices directly help save the lives of the most vulnerable and elderly in our community.
“However, cases in Tamworth are rising rapidly and we are asking everyone to please redouble their efforts, by strictly following the national guidance – and going even further if possible – to get this virus under control.
“Tamworth is currently at medium alert however the number of Covid cases is increasing fast. If that continues, the Government will escalate us to high alert and this could happen soon.
“We want to avoid being escalated to tier two and if we are escalated we want to get back to medium alert as soon as possible. The best way to do this is to follow the rules and each do what we can to reduce the spread of infection. We need to act quickly.
“We know this advice means additional sacrifices when you have already sacrificed so much, but we hope that if we all work together to make some changes now to limit our social interactions it will bring our rate back down sooner.
“This could mean we avoid tier two altogether or return to medium as quickly as possible.
“Thank you once again for everything you are doing to try and control the virus. We know that times are difficult and a range of support is available at tamworth.gov.uk.
“The best way to end this pandemic and get back to normal is to work together, follow the rules and keep the number of cases as low as possible. Please take care and we wish you all the best.”