Sandwell Council is warning people in West Bromwich to be especially careful as data revealed a large surge in COVID-19 cases in the area.
The infection rate in central West Bromwich is 483 per 100,000 population – higher than that in Manchester.
Infection rates are also very high in the areas surrounding West Bromwich town, including Hateley Heath, Charlemont with Grove Vale and Greets Green and Lyng.
As infection rates rise across the West Midlands as a whole, COVID-19 admissions into hospital and deaths are also on the increase.
Sandwell Council Deputy Leader Councillor Crompton said: “Infection rates are now at dangerous levels.
“We urge local people to stay home and not have visitors except for essential visits for care and assistance.
“If you do need to go out then keep at least two metres from other people and wear a face covering.
“Infection can be fatal, either for you, or someone in your family who you pass the infection on to.”