RESIDENTS are being urged to act now to prevent further coronavirus restrictions following warnings the virus is spreading ‘fast locally’.
Since last Thursday more than 130 positive cases have been recorded in Warwick district.
Warwick and Leamington MP Matt Western says the rise amounts to more than 15 per cent of all recorded cases in the area since the start of the pandemic.
The prevalence of the virus in the community stands at 90.4 per 100,000 people.
And the MP is concerned government’s new three-tier system will see areas have further restrictions – such as a ban on households mixing –imposed after reaching 100 cases per 100,000
Solihull was hit with restrictions last month when it hit 65 cases per 100,000.
Mr Western said: “We don’t know for sure that reaching 100 cases per 100,000 would necessarily mean we move to the next tier, we are now eerily close to that number and so we must act.
“We’ve reopened the economy and have welcomed students back into the community. But government simply didn’t prepare for this and a local testing facility in Leamington is still not in operation. We need that facility open now.
“I’m doing all I can to get government to urgently improve the testing system, but please, I urge all residents and businesses to do all you can and stick to the rules to avoid more restrictions on our lives. I particularly urge all in the hospitality sector to maintain their measures to the highest level including table service for pubs and bars and social distancing throughout.
“I’m doing my best and working with local authorities to ensure Warwick and Leamington will remain open.”