Leader speaks of his nervousness even as Solihull Covid rate tumbles - The Solihull Observer

Leader speaks of his nervousness even as Solihull Covid rate tumbles

Solihull Editorial 12th Mar, 2021   0

BOROUGH Council Leader Ian Courts says he ‘remains nervous’ despite the continuing fall in Covid-19 cases in Solihull.

Latest figures show the rate in the borough has fallen to 52 per 100,000 people, down 55 from last week.

It takes the total number of infections in Solihull to just over 14,000 cases with the latest fatalities from coronavirus in the area stands at 595.

Councillor Courts said: “The news about the falling number of infections and the rising numbers of vaccinations is creating an early spring-like feeling, and after everything we have gone through, we do all need a tonic.

“I do remain nervous after the second spike last autumn, so as my Director of Public Health Ruth Tennant reminds me, it is crucial that we continue following the rules for a little longer to further reduce our rates.

The national lockdown restrictions still apply and while many people are not yet vaccinated, there is still significant risk of our rates rising again.”

He added that it was important people respect local parks as the weather grows warmer and maintain social distancing.

“From Monday we are allowed to leave home for recreation and exercise outdoors with our household or support bubble, if we are eligible for one, or with one person from outside our household,” he said.

“Please make sure that you stay safe by social distancing with people outside your household.

“Our parks are being well used at the moment, as I have seen at my local ones; the council’s contractors have been doing their best to keep up, but there is really a limit on what they and local volunteers are able to do; please take litter home as much as you can, and please use the litter bins.

“I have seen myself the mess that some people have left behind and we all value clean and tidy parks.”

He added: “On our climate change programme, just a quick reminder you can still register to join our final Net Zero Action Plan webinar next Thursday, March 18, from 6pm to 7.30pm.

“We really want to know what you think about the Green Paper, so do sign up and join in the conversation.”

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