AS COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Solihull residents are being urged to ‘do the right things to help protect each other’ by the borough’s deputy health boss Neeraj Malhotra.
In the week up to January 7 cases reached 1,746 cases per 100,000 people in the borough.
In all there were 3,798 positive cases recorded in Solihull – bringing the total number of cases to 50,101 since the start of the pandemic.
There have also been 693 coronavirus-related deaths registered in Solihull to December 31.
Solihull’s deputy director of Public Health said: “Over the last fortnight, the case rate has increased for all age groups.
“Covid, and in particular the Omicron variant, continues to spread, quickly, through our local communities and despite the rhetoric which suggests this is just a simple cold, we know Covid does seriously affect our most vulnerable residents including the elderly, those with underlying health conditions and pregnant women.
“So it is down to each and every one of us to the do the right things to help protect each other.
“Simply put, get your Covid vaccinations.”
In Solihull 84 per cent of people aged over 12 years old have had their first Covid vaccine, 74 per cent of those eligible have had their second dose.
And 62 per cent have had the third vaccine.
Residents to get vaccinated and have the booster if they are eligible, wear a face covering on public transport, crowded indoor spaces and in unventilated places, adhere to government advice and keep testing at home twice a week.
To book a lateral flow test at one of the Solihull Community Testing Hubs visit https://www.solihull.gov.uk/COVID-19/covid-testing.
If a person has any Covid symptoms they should self-isolate and book a PCR test online at https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.