Dudley Council has shared details of a local outbreak control plan to deal with the ongoing threat of Covid-19.

Other local authorities across the country are also releasing their localised plans this week, as coronavirus lockdown restrictions continue to ease.

The Dudley borough plan sets out how Dudley Council will identify and contain potential outbreaks in places such as housing complexes, care homes, schools and workplaces.

The council has confirmed it will work closely with the Test & Trace service, local NHS and other partners to carefully monitor Covid-19 infection rates and respond if needed.

Latest data suggests just six people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Dudley borough in the last week, down from 324 during the first week of April.

The authority is continuing to work with a number of local organisations and bodies to communicate messages around the importance of following government guidelines during the pandemic.

Bal Kaur, director of public health, said: "The public response to the rollout of NHS Test & Trace has been fantastic, and we continue to rely on everyone to play their part.

"We have a strong relationship with our local communities, and people will be reassured that we have robust plans in place and can take action if needed to keep our residents safe.

"I would ask everyone in Dudley to continue to socially distance, wash hands thoroughly and regularly, and to use a face covering when in higher-risk areas such as public transport and hospitals.

"If you have symptoms of the virus - a new continuous cough, high temperature or the loss or change to your sense of smell or taste - you must stay at home.

"Anyone who thinks they could have the virus should book a test immediately by contacting 111, and if you are contacted by the tracing service, it is vital that you follow their advice."

People can view the local action plan online at dudleyhealthandwellbeing.org.uk/localoutbreakcontrolplan

For the latest information on help and support in Dudley, residents can go to dudley.gov.uk/coronavirus