THE number of coronavirus cases at a travellers site near Craven Arms has risen to 23, public health officials have confirmed.

Shropshire Council and Public Health England said as of 5.30pm on Monday (July 27), there had been two further positive cases identified at the Long Lane site.

Offers of testing to all residents at the site continue, so cases may continue to rise.

Shropshire Council said while new visitors are being discouraged, they are allowed on site in line with the latest Government guidance.

All visitors and residents are being asked to follow the measures we have put in place to help protect both themselves and others.

Rachel Robinson, Shropshire Council’s director of public health, said: “We can confirm that there have been two further positive cases today and we may see the number of cases increase in the following days as we await the results of any further testing.

“Cluster outbreaks are not uncommon during a pandemic and we would like to reassure people that the risk is still very low. We are continuing to provide Long Lane residents on-site support, as well as guidance to help keep them and their loved ones safe.

“Our priority remains protecting the health and wellbeing of all residents in our community. Anyone who has a fever, persistent dry cough, or loss or change in their sense of taste or smell should go online to arrange a test or call 119.”

Lee Chapman, councillor for Church Stretton and Craven Arms, and chair of Shropshire’s health and wellbeing board, added: “I appreciate that this will be of concern, and I want to reassure people that we have put robust measures in place since the start of the outbreak keep everyone safe.

“Where local positive cases develop, we must find them and act quickly to prevent further spread and we are grateful to Public Health England and local partners for their support.

“We ask Shropshire residents to continue to follow the national advice to protect themselves and others from the virus.

“Good hand hygiene remains the best protection against the virus, including washing your hands more regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, wearing a face covering when using public transport or going to the shops and supermarkets, and covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.”