DROITWICH's MP has told people to support their community, do their bit and follow the government's advice to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

In the past week two cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Worcestershire, the first positive Covid-19 test results in the county.

Meanwhile on Monday the government announced new advice for greater social distancing to tackle the pandemic.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged people with fever and respiratory symptoms, including coughing and shortness of breath, to stay at home, and others in a household with them to do the same, even if they are not showing those symptoms.

He urged everyone to work from home where possible, and warned pregnant women, people over the age of 70 and those with certain health conditions that within days they are set to be asked to stay home for 12 weeks.

The PM also urged everyone to avoid gatherings and crowded places.

Nigel Huddleston, MP for Mid Worcestershire, said it was "no surprise" that the focus in parliament over the last few weeks has been on Covid-19.

"The government is absolutely committed to helping those affected by the virus, whether that be businesses, those taken ill, or those supporting the vulnerable including charities and our dedicated NHS staff," the MP said.

"Everyone will now be aware of the role they can personally play in helping mitigate the virus from washing our hands to keeping an eye on the elderly and frail; and the willingness to help those in need in the constituency and the country has been inspiring.

"I am afraid things will get worse before they get better and advice is likely to change quickly in response to circumstances, so please do keep an eye on the latest government advice.

"I have been attending COBRA meetings with other ministers to discuss in detail what the government can do to support the public and businesses in this time or urgent need.

"I welcome the budget announcement for £12 billion to be specifically targeted at coronavirus measures, with billions more to act as a stimulus for our economy as well as additional support for the NHS.

"The chancellor said he will be constantly monitoring the situation and will take more intervention measures when necessary."