Condolences following second Sandwell coronavirus death

Following the NHS announcing the second death from coronavirus in Sandwell, here is a statement from Sandwell Council:

Sandwell Council Leader Councillor Yvonne Davies has expressed her condolences after learning of the second death from coronavirus in the borough.

Councillor Davies said: “I send my sincere sympathy to the man's family and friends, on behalf of the council and I know they will be in the thoughts of people all across Sandwell at this desperately sad time.”

She said people must take very seriously all the advice and guidance coming from government and the NHS. She said: “I cannot emphasise strongly enough how vital it is to do all we can to slow the spread of the virus. “More people are dying and we all absolutely have to play our part in fighting this. “I would urge people to educate themselves about this and follow the advice to the letter.” Public Health England have published guidance on clear guidance on self-isolation, household isolation and social distancing.

There is also social distancing and stay at home guidance for households with a possible case of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Sandwell’s Director of Public Health Lisa McNally has said how important it is to follow the guidance on self-isolation.

That includes everyone in our household staying at home for 14 days if any member of that household develops a new, persistent cough or fever. She said: “We should also do everything we can to avoid passing on the virus to older people and those with underlying health conditions.

Both of these groups are more at risk of serious illness if they become infected.” For information on Sandwell Council’s response to the coronavirus outbreak and what to do if you need support, visit www.sandwell.gov.uk/coronavirus For the latest NHS and Government advice: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus and www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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