SHROPSHIRE'S director of public health has urged residents to 'not let their guard down', as Covid-19 cases continue to fall in the county.

Rachel Robinson was speaking ahead of the start of restrictions easing, with all pupils set to go back to school for face-to-face teaching on Monday, and just 322 cases reported from February 18-25.

Ms Robinson admitted she is aware that the change in seasons with lighter nights and slightly warmer weather could mean cases go back and people look to leave home, but asked for vigilance in ensuring a full easing can happen in June.

“The fact that number of cases are reducing week-by-week is really encouraging," she said.

“But as the weather improves and the evenings get lighter, people may be tempted to let their guard down and take unnecessary risks.

"I know everyone has been asked to live under restrictions for almost a year now and it is becoming more and more difficult and I am thankful for the sacrifices everyone has made up to this point.

"However we do need one last big push if we want to be in a position where all restrictions are lifted on June 21.

“These next few weeks are probably the most important we have had locally during this pandemic.

"Everything we are doing now does make a difference so please, try not to become complacent about things such as socially distancing – do keep your space and wear face coverings.”

The government has confirmed twice-weekly testing using rapid lateral flow tests will be made available for free to all adults in households with primary school, secondary school and college-aged children for those without symptoms.

This includes adults in childcare and support bubbles, and twice-weekly testing will also be offered to adults working in the wider school community, including bus drivers, taxi drivers and after school club leaders.

They can be collected at Beatrice Street Car Park in Oswestry.