Infection rates in Telford and Wrekin continue to fall
The sharp fall in confirmed coronavirus cases in Telford and Wrekin has continued, the latest weekly figures show.
The borough infection rate is now the lowest in the West Midlands and below the national average.
There were zero new cases reported in the over 60s.
Local health leaders are praising local people's efforts to control the virus.
However, they also warn that we must continue to follow the rules to keep cases low.
For the week ending 14 March, the COVID-19 situation in the borough is:
• 49 Covid-19 cases were reported
• This is a 45% decrease compared with last week's total of 89 cases*
• The seven-day infection rate for Telford and Wrekin is 27 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For the West Midlands, the seven-day infection rate is 65 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For England, the seven-day infection rate is 58 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• Sadly, 5 people in the borough have died within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test in the past week (bringing the total borough deaths to 256)
• There were 20 people diagnosed with Covid-19 in Telford and Shrewsbury hospitals, as of 7 March
*(this figure has been revised up from 87 last week)
Liz Noakes, Telford and Wrekin's Director for Public Health, said: "It is very pleasing to see that the fall in cases in Telford and Wrekin has been sustained and is now the lowest in the West Midlands.
"In even more welcome news, we had zero reported cases in over 60s, which as we all know is a group that is especially vulnerable to the virus.
"This is excellent news, but the number of cases will fluctuate, and outbreaks will continue.
"The steep decline in our infection rates is down to the efforts and sacrifices of our residents.
"Thank you to everyone who has played there part.
"But it is essential to acknowledge that we are not out of the woods yet.
"We need to continue to play our part by following the rules, to keep cases down, to save lives."
Cllr Andy Burford, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: "The vaccination rollout in Telford and Wrekin has progressed well; nearly half of all adults have now had their first dose vaccination.
"Residents should be reassured by our low coronavirus rates in respect of the expected shortage in vaccinations.
"We will work with the NHS and partners to continue to support the vaccine rollout across the borough.
“The important thing is for people to continue to follow the rules and restrictions still in place to continue to control the virus.”