23rd Oct, 2020

VIDEO - MP Sajid Javid's plea to residents as Bromsgrove's Covid rate spirals to 128 in 100,000

BROMSGROVE MP Sajid Javid has issued a plea to everyone in the district to do all they can to bring the Covid-19 rate of infection down.

His message in a video, released to the Standard, he said over the past few months people had worked hard to protect the vulnerable and save lives but the rate of infection was on the rise.

He warned the Government may be forced to impose more restrictions which no-one wanted to see.

The infection rate in Bromsgrove district is now 128 per 100,000 people which is not far off that in Birmingham (167 per 100,000) which already has increased measures in place.

Bromsgrove is the highest in Worcestershire and the only place in the county to have a rate more than 100 – usually the point at which extra restrictions are introduced.

Birmingham residents are unable to meet people outside of their households indoors (including pubs, restaurants and other public places).

The only option available is in private gardens.

Mr Javid’s words follow another impassioned plea by Bromsgrove District Council leader Coun Karen May.

She told the Standard on Monday the number had to come down and only be people taking responsibility and looking after Bromsgrove’s communities would that happen.

“It’s about people doing the simple things – keeping their distance from others, reducing who they mixed with, wearing face coverings and washing their hands regularly.

“People should also limit their journeys outside the district where possible.

“If we get put into that higher tier it is going to be hard to get back out – we need to act now before it is too late.”

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