Coronavirus cases are still rising in Bucks, prompting another warning from the council.

In the seven days leading up to October 3, 231 Buckinghamshire residents tested positive for coronavirus.

This equates to around 42 cases per 100,000 people - an increase in positive cases of 86 per cent from the previous week.

Case numbers are rising more quickly in some areas than others, with Chiltern and South Bucks area currently seeing a weekly rate of around 60 cases per 100,000 people.

Areas just outside the county are also seeing more cases - prompting a warning from council leader Martin Tett for people who work, shop or visit people in bordering counties to stay safe.

Despite the rise in cases, the numbers are still lower than in some other parts of the UK - but healthcare officials at Buckinghamshire Council say they are "concerned" about the rise and want every resident to do their bit to stop the virus spreading.

Cllr Tett said: "The last thing any of us wants is for any freedoms to be curtailed even more because of this virus.

"We want to keep our businesses open and our economy strong. We want to carry on being able to see friends and loved ones safely.

“To do these things we all have to use our basic common sense when going about our lives. Please make sure you’re all aware of the current guidance and what we all need to do as we try to control the virus and turn the current rise in infections back round.

"I cannot stress enough how vital this is as we move into winter.

“Some areas bordering Buckinghamshire currently have higher numbers of cases – if you go somewhere outside Bucks for work, to shop, to eat or see people, please take a look first at what’s happening in that area.

"You might want to ensure you take extra measures to protect yourself and others.

“We really are at another critical point in the pandemic, so please keep looking after yourselves and each other.”

Gareth Williams, cabinet member for communities and public health, added: “We all have a part to play in stopping the spread of coronavirus.

"Our best defence is to follow the most basic rules – Hands, Face, Space.

"You may also want to consider limiting the number of people you come into contact with – the fewer people you see, the less chance you have of catching and spreading the virus.

“It’s also worth noting that the risks of catching the virus are much higher indoors. Where possible I recommend meeting up with friends and family outdoors, where the risk is lower.

"Of course, given the recent weather, you may need to wrap up warm.”

Best ways to halt the spread of the virus:

• Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds

• Wear a face covering as often as possible where advised or required such as in shops or restaurants (while you aren’t eating and drinking) unless you are exempt

• Keep a minimum of two metres (6ft) away from anyone you don’t live with or with whom you’re not in a support bubble

Always stick to the rule of six – none of us should be socialising in groups of more than six people, including children

• Reduce the amount of people you meet, which will help lower your risk of catching the virus

• Book a test ( if you develop coronavirus symptoms and make sure you and anyone else you live with isolates immediately (call 119 if you can’t book a test online)

• If you have a smartphone, download the NHS Covid-19 app ( which supports the Test and Trace system

People on a low income who have been told by the NHS Test and Trace system to self-isolate but can’t work from home, may qualify for a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment.

Residents can see if they qualify at

If residents can’t apply online, they can call the Test and Trace Support Payment team on:

• Aylesbury area: 01296 585 858

• Chiltern area: 01494 732 077

• South Bucks area: 01895 837 515

• Wycombe area: 01494 412 227