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3rd Jul, 2022

"Don't let Covid overwhelm our hospitals" - plea from Leader

“HANDS, face, space. More important than ever if we are to get out of lockdown” – that’s the message from Council Leader Councillor Ian Courts who has warned that if people don’t there could come a time when hospitals are unable to cope.

He added: “In general, you must not meet people socially.

“Avoid meeting people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.

“When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we reduce the spread of the infection.”

All pubs and restaurants are closed, although they can still provide takeaways, as well as all non-essential shops, leisure and entertainment venues.

“Clinically extremely vulnerable people who were asked to shield earlier in the year – from the start of the first lockdown until August 1 – are now being asked to follow new guidance from today,” said Coun Courts.

“You can also register for support at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus and if you prefer to register by phone, or have an urgent need, contact the Council directly on 0121 704 8704 or by email at shielding@solihull.gov.uk.

“We can’t let Covid overwhelm our NHS and stop it being able to provide all the other services people rely on.

“Already, there are over 11,000 seriously ill people with Covid-19 in our hospitals and more are expected.

“You can help the NHS by calling NHS 111 or visiting 111.nhs.uk, before travelling to a local Urgent Treatment Centre or A&E department if you are feeling unwell, need urgent care or are thinking about going to hospital.

“Our experience from the first lockdown means we have much more support in place for families, individuals and businesses.

“Our Here2Help pages here are full of useful support and advice for residents, while our Solihull for Success website is where businesses can find out about the help on offer.”

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