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28th Nov, 2021

Redditch MP Rachel Maclean: We need to get Covid-19 infection rates down!

REDDITCH’S infection rate remains stubbornly high, and because of this, the borough is now on the Government’s list of top 20 areas of concern.

As Public Health told me on Monday during the weekly briefing call, the main factor driving Redditch’s high infection rate is the make-up of our local economy.

We have a higher proportion of businesses in Redditch which have been allowed to continue operating throughout the pandemic, and therefore we have more residents of working age still going to work each day.

I know from speaking to businesses that the vast majority have put in place excellent Covid secure measures to keep their staff safe. However, we are seeing isolated outbreaks in workplaces which are having an impact on the infection rate.

Public Health are continuing to work with the businesses affected.

Lateral flow testing is in place for businesses and residents and I would encourage everyone to make use of these as I know there is plenty of testing capacity in the system.

You can get tested at Redditch Town Hall as well as local pharmacies.

Although the Government has set out it’s roadmap to ending the lockdown, restrictions have not yet been lifted and we must continue to follow the rules.

It’s important to remember to regularly wash your hands, wear a face covering and keep two metres apart at all times where possible. At home regular cleaning of surfaces and good ventilation, like opening a window, can also help.

By following the rules we can keep ourselves, our loved ones and our communities safe and get Redditch’s infection rate down!

Rachel Maclean

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