Warning to Warwickshire residents after weekly number of coronavirus cases in doubles in neighbouring Rugby borough

While the number of cases is still low the increase is the 25th largest nationwide

Residents and businesses are being asked to stay alert after the weekly number of coronavirus cases in the neighbouring Rugby borough doubled.

The warning is not specifically for residents in the Warwick district but council officers are keen to get the message to neighbouring authorities so they can stay alert.

As our sister paper reported yesterday (Thursday), the number of cases in the Rugby borough last week was 7.5 per 100,000 while the previous week this figure was 3.7.

Residents and businesses are being asked to stay alert after the weekly number of coronavirus cases in the neighbouringRugby borough doubled.

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While the number of cases is still low the increase is the 25th largest nationwide, leading to the plea.

Rugby Borough Council said: "We are reminding residents that they should wash their hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, use hand sanitiser when out and about and keep two metres apart from anyone they don't live with.

"If it's not possible to keep two metres apart, for example in shops, they should wear a mask and face away from others to reduce the risk of transmission.

"Businesses should complete a covid-secure risk assessment and make sure there are measures in place to protect staff and customers."

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Cllr Seb Lowe, leader of Rugby Borough Council, said: "Throughout this pandemic the number of cases within the borough has remained relatively low and we have seen good compliance with the social distancing measures.

"The number of cases is still low but it is concerning that we have seen an increase in the last week.

"By following the guidelines we can all control the virus and protect each other from harm.

"I would urge every resident to take precautions and do what is right for Rugby."