Coronavirus rates in Newark and Sherwood remain in their teens for a week.

The district has seen 23 new cases of Covid-19 in the past seven days, a case rate of 18.8 per 100,000.

This is comparable to Nottinghamshire (24.3) and the rest of the East Midlands (23.2). The English average is 22.5.

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Jonathan Gribbin, Director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire County Council, said residents need to keep the fight going.

His warning precedes a May 17 change in restrictions that will allow people to meet up with friends and family indoors for the first time in nearly six months.

“I want to thank the people across Nottinghamshire for their hard work over the past few months to keep the county safe,” said Gribbin.

“I want to encourage people to continue their efforts until the end of the roadmap.

“It remains important that we take the advice and guidance into account as we are in step two.”

David Johns, interim director of public health for the city of Nottingham, said it was important that complacency not falter as restrictions gradually ease.

“While June is great to look forward to, there are a few steps to be taken before we get there,” said Johns.

“There are no shortcuts.

“I’ve had really positive experiences with these trips on my trips to the local parks or the city.”

He also addressed the importance of safe travel when allowed.

He said: “Everyone loves to travel if it is an option, and as interesting as it is to discuss, it is a decision that is made nationally rather than locally.

“When people travel from Amber Routes, we expect them to have tests on their return.

“My focus will be on helping those who travel to do so on their return in a way that will protect Nottingham.”