Pressure is mounting for extra measures to be brought in while the vaccine roll out ramps up, with MPs today warning delaying a decision will cost more lives and pile pressure on our struggling hospitals.
In the past week the Black Country and Staffordshire have seen nearly 1,500 new cases each day, with infection rates hitting record levels.
Extra restrictions understood to be under consideration include banning people from different households from meeting outside and a curfew.
Shadow City Minister Pat McFadden, the MP for Wolverhampton South East, said: “The NHS is under huge pressure and the staff are fighting a desperate struggle to care for people and save lives.
"If we have to implement stricter measures to save more livesthen we shouldn’t hesitate to do so.
“Delaying decisions and putting things off has made the situation worse, not better.”
In Wolverhampton the infection rate is now 1,013.5 per 100,000 people, while in Walsall it has doubled in the past week to 826.
Stephen Gunther, director of Public Health Walsall said: “With the rapidly increasing rate that we are seeing in the borough, the danger is very real.”
Police chiefs warned rule-breakers are more likely to be fined as Covid laws are enforced more quickly. West Midlands Police has handed out nearly 1,000 fines.