Rachel Maclean, MP, for Redditch, said:

“I’m pleased to see the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Redditch has fallen in the past seven days. From the spike of 25 cases we saw between August 15th and August 21st, the number of confirmed cases in the following seven days fell to 12. Clearly there has not been a sustained increase in COVID-19 cases in the town.

“As we know, the small outbreak we saw was the result of a family gathering. There have been no further cases linked to this outbreak. The families involved are continuing to isolate.

“Although this situation has been contained and we’re seeing cases fall, it has underlined the fact that coronavirus hasn’t gone away, and this could easily happen again.

“I’d like to thank Dr Kathryn Cobain and her team for the work they have done to control and contain the situation in Redditch. They worked hard to track contacts and ask people to isolate. Track and Trace has done its job.

“We can all continue to play our part in controlling the spread of this virus by washing our hands regularly, wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces and by maintaining social distancing by staying at least one metre away from people not in your household.

“The rules are again that people should not be socialising indoors in groups of more than two households. And outdoors, you should not be socialising in a group of more than six people from different households.

“I know these measures are tough, but they are in place for a reason. We’ve now seen what happens when people break the rules and gather in large groups. We’ve got the cases down – let’s not see a repeat of what happened last week.

“Anyone who breaks rules should be fined and I’ll be getting in touch with the local police chief to discuss this case. Let’s keep following the rules so we can control the spread of coronavirus.

“I hope the fall in cases has also reassured parents whose children are returning to school this week. As a mum myself, I understand parents’ anxieties, but we can’t let children and young people miss out on any more of their education.

“I’m continuing my conversations with local public health officials over the need for a walk-in coronavirus testing centre to be set-up in Redditch. I’m confident public health officials are aware of the strong case for our town to have this facility.”