Steady decline in cases needs to be maintained ahead of Christmas
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Telford and Wrekin is on a steady decline, the latest weekly figures show.
While the number of new infections are falling compared with the previous week, it is still higher than the England average figure.
With a potential third wave expected in January, health leaders are urging people to do all they can to accelerate the decline ahead of Christmas when government restrictions will be eased to allow people to mix households.
For the week ending 29 November, the situation in the borough is:
• 308 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19
• This is a 30% drop compared with last week’s total of 437* cases
• The seven day infection rate for Telford and Wrekin is 171 confirmed cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 of population
• For the West Midlands, the average is 195 confirmed cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 of population
• For England, the average is 152 confirmed cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 of population
• Infection rates in the over 60s in Telford and Wrekin, a higher risk group, are at 108 per 100k of population, while for those age 80 and over are at 96 per 100k of population - an even greater concern
• Sadly, 5 more people from the borough have died from Covid-19 in the past week (bringing the total borough deaths to 122)
• There were 54 people diagnosed with Covid-19 in Telford and Shrewsbury hospitals, as of 29 November
(*this figure has been revised down from 448 last week)
Telford & Wrekin Council’s Director for Public Health Liz Noakes said: “We are now seeing a steady decline in cases across Telford and Wrekin, but we need these numbers to fall faster in advance of Christmas.
“If we can get our cases as low as possible before the Christmas period then we will be in a much better position to deal with any potential third wave in January.
“Our numbers are declining thanks to our residents playing their part and making sacrifices over the past year.
“For that reason I would urge everyone to act responsibly more than ever in the coming weeks and over Christmas period.
“We have a responsibility not to spread the virus onto our loved ones during this time, and to keep our cases low for our NHS workers, Care workers and other key workers.
“For the love of Christmas - self-isolate and get tested when you need to, please do not socialise indoors, you can meet outdoors but you must not meet in groups of more than six, wash your hands, wear a face covering and maintain social distancing.”
Andy Burford, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “Now the announcement about the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine has been made - it can feel like the end is in sight, but we are still under tier 2 restrictions and the only way to end that for now is by continuing to follow the rules and acting responsibly.
“If we can do that then we can get back to doing the things we love quicker by moving back into Tier 1.
“Here in Telford and Wrekin we are still asking people to get tested for a set of precautionary symptoms: a headache, aches and pains, feeling very tired for no good reason, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, and tummy ache in children.
“We have plenty of capacity for testing it has never been easier to get a test, I would therefore urge people to get tested. The more positive cases we can find and place in isolation before the Christmas period the better.”
“It is only through the whole of the borough playing their part that we can continue to maintain this fall in cases.”