Cases of Covid-19 in Wiltshire are expected to rise again over the festive period - as they have done for the previous two years.

Those vulnerable to the effects of cold weather may be at risk of more symptoms.

Wiltshire Council has urged those eligible to get their flu and Covid-19 vaccinations.

Councillor Ian Blair-Pilling, cabinet member for public health, said: “Flu and Covid-19 spread more easily in winter when we spend more time together indoors and can cause serious illness.

“Respiratory viruses usually reach their peak over the festive and new year period.

“Nobody wants to miss out on the festive celebrations with their friends and family this winter, and vaccines provide the best possible protection.

“It’s important that as many eligible people as possible have their flu and Covid-19 vaccines to build up their protection against severe illness.

“We know that those who take up the offer of a vaccine are more likely to have milder symptoms and recover faster.

“People can look out for themselves and others and help to prevent the spread of these viruses by regularly washing their hands, covering their mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, and staying at home when they are unwell.”