Covid-19 cases remain at highest levels in Telford and Wrekin
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Telford and Wrekin remain close to the peak experienced last week, latest weekly figures show.
The infection rate has decreased by only 6%, which is a slower decrease than in the West Midlands and England.
For the week ending 17 January, the situation in the borough is:
• 906 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19
• This is a 6% decrease compared with last week’s total of 961 cases*
• The seven day infection rate for Telford and Wrekin is 503 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For the West Midlands, the seven day infection rate is 551 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For England, the seven day infection rate is 458 confirmed cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• Sadly, 13 people in the borough has died from Covid-19 in the past week (bringing the total borough deaths to 168)
• There were 121 people diagnosed with Covid-19 in Telford and Shrewsbury hospitals, as of 17 January
*(this figure has been revised up from 952 last week)
Liz Noakes, Telford and Wrekin’s Director for Public Health, said: “The slow decline in cases highlights that we have a long way to go to bring down cases in the borough.
“We face a long and difficult couple of months and we will all need to pull together to support each other and play our part in following lockdown restrictions.
“So far more people in the borough have now died in January than either November or December and sadly deaths continues to increase - this underlines the importance of the stay at home message.
“Our local hospitals are under huge pressure because of this new variant of the virus, estimated to be 70% of all cases – staying home to protect the NHS supports doctors and nurses but also ensures that the NHS is there for us should we need them.
“We anticipate that pressure on hospitals will only get more intense over the next weeks.”
“Everyone needs to act like they have the virus, and that those they meet are carrying it too – 1 in 3 people with Covid-19 show no symptoms.
“It is crucial that people regularly wash hands, wear face coverings, and social distance 100% of the time.
“If you show any symptoms of coronavirus you must urgently self-isolate and get tested, getting a test is one of the reasons people can leave home in this lockdown.
“The rapid testing centre at the Place, Oakengates, is now open to any resident over the age of 16 who is not displaying symptoms to get tested – especially those people who can’t avoid leaving home for work.”
Andy Burford, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “In Telford and Wrekin we remain above then national average and with numbers not falling as quickly as we like it is clear that we all face a difficult few months - it underlines how important it is to rollout the vaccination programme as quickly as possible.
“That programme has been slow in getting underway here in Telford and Wrekin and Shropshire compared to other areas of the country, which is causing a huge amount of concern and worry for our residents.
“Early next week the Telford International Centre will open to give vaccination programme a boost thanks to the help of Telford & Wrekin Council and our partners within the NHS.
“Vaccinating residents won’t mean the end of restrictions but it will start help to alleviate the pressure on the NHS in future months and protect our most vulnerable residents.”