LOW numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases in Worcestershire are not a true reflection of the current situation, the county council has warned.

The council says a lack of testing is having an impact on the published daily figures of Covid-19 in the county.

The latest figures, which cover the period from September 6 to September 12, show there were nine more confirmed cases of coronavirus in Wyre Forest compared to the previous week, six more in Bromsgrove, and one fewer in Redditch.

Dr Kathryn Cobain, the director for Public Health in Worcestershire, said: “We should not let the current low positive figures for the county, fool us into thinking Covid-19 is on the decline.

"The figures are not a true picture as residents with symptoms are not being tested.

"Now is not the time to be complacent or to think the virus has gone away.

"It is still with us, in our communities and as we go about our daily lives.

"If you have a symptom of Covid-19, it is really important that you keep trying to book a test, and that you stay at home and do not mix with other people."

In Worcestershire, residents have reported difficulties getting a test for Covid-19. As a result, people are not being tested on the large scale we have seen in previously weeks.

The county council is urging anyone with a symptom of coronavirus to continue trying to book a test as slots do become available online as the system is updated.