There has been a surge in coronavirus cases in the West Bromwich areas of Newton and Greets Green and Lyng.
The worrying data was published today (Monday, March 22) despite Sandwell showing one of the fastest falls in Covid-19 case rates in the country.
Dr Lisa McNally, Sandwell’s director of public health, said people living and working in these areas, as well as the rest of Sandwell, must be extra cautious.
She said: “Although we have seen our rates in Sandwell falling over recent weeks, we cannot expect to avoid the rising trend of cases across the country as lockdown starts to relax.
“Don’t let your guard down at this critical stage as the vaccination programme gathers pace. Remember hands, face, space.
“There is absolutely no room for complacency – Covid-19 is a killer virus and we need everyone to be on their guard to protect themselves, their loved ones and their community.”
And Dr McNally reminded people that vaccination remained the way out of the pandemic.
“It’s very pleasing that vaccination uptake in Sandwell is going really well and we need to keep up the momentum – that’s the only way we’re going to get past this.
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Everyone is urged to continue to follow the government rules and stay at home unless it’s essential to go out. You should self-isolate and book a test if you have symptoms – this can save lives.
If you do have to leave home such as to go to work or take children to school, stay at least two metres apart, wear a face-covering where required and wash or sanitise hands.
Anyone showing symptoms must self-isolate and book a Covid-19 test online or by calling 119.