Efforts continue to drive down Covid cases in Wolverhampton

Officers and council staff were out and about across Wolverhampton again yesterday as we encourage everyone to keep up the fight against Covid-19.

We carried out a further day of action and were pleased to see the vast majority of people were maintaining social distancing and face mask rules.

We had a visible presence around retail areas, transport hubs and residential areas and found people were largely following the regulations which aim to reduce high infection levels in the city.

The operation found the vast majority of shops and businesses were also complying with the rules and doing their bit to keep infections down. 

We did act on complaints of banned residential gatherings and issued warning letters to eight addresses. If they breach the rules again they will be fined. 

Although the majority of people following the regulations we did have to issue three fixed penalty notices - which included one man unnecessarily travelling to the city from Bristol by train.

There were just over 70 directions to leave issued across the whole of Wolverhampton during the day.

Superintendent Simon Inglis, from Wolverhampton Police, said: "The vast majority of people understand the severity of the situation. 

"The city has a high level of Covid cases and by sticking to the rules we can fight back against this disease with vaccinations on the way.

"While it's pleasing most are sticking to the regulations, we won't just sit back against those who blatantly don't. 

"If we hear of gatherings at homes we will act. We regularly monitor complaints and those which continue to flout rules will face action." 

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "The infection rate has risen dramatically in Wolverhampton over the last month or so and over 2,100 people tested positive for Covid-19 last week.

"That’s why it is even more important that we do all we can to stop the spread of Covid-19. The rules are there for a reason and I'd like to thank the vast majority of people who are doing their bit and stopping the virus from spreading; for those that aren’t you need to start respecting others and playing your part in the fight against coronavirus."

Latest figures show there were 802.9 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the seven days to 18 January. That means 2,112 people in the city tested positive for the virus in that seven day period – though the true number of new cases will likely be considerably higher.

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