Rates in Telford and Wrekin remain higher than national and regional averages

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Telford and Wrekin has continued to decline, latest weekly figures show.

Rates in Telford and Wrekin remain higher than national and regional averages

Infection rates are declining at a faster rate than previous weeks but remain higher than the regional and national average. 

Local health leaders are urging people to stay at home to drive local cases below regional and national averages so they are as low as possible before restrictions are lifted.

For the week ending 14 February, the COVID-19 situation in the borough is:

• 366 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 

• This is a 27% decrease compared with last week’s total of 462 cases*

• The seven day infection rate for Telford and Wrekin is 187 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 

• For the West Midlands, the seven day infection rate is 174 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000

• For England, the seven day infection rate is 132 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000

• Sadly, 11 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 229)

• There were 100 people diagnosed with Covid-19 in Telford and Shrewsbury hospitals, as of 14 February

*(this figure has been revised up from 459 last week)

Liz Noakes, Telford and Wrekin’s Director for Public Health, said: “We have seen a sustained fall in Coronavirus cases now week on week – thank you to everyone for staying at home.

“However, we are still above regional and national averages; we need to keep going to get our rates as low as possible before lockdown restrictions are lifted. 

“It can be tempting to bend the rules after several weeks of lockdown but I would urge everyone to stay at home – only go out for essential reasons, shop when necessary, and send one person to do the shopping.

“Data suggests that outbreaks in workplaces where home working is not possible continues to be an issue.

“There are several rapid test centres across the borough and we’d encourage employers and employees to make regular use of them; test results are provided in 30 minutes for those with no symptoms and rapid tests can help to give people peace of mind that their family is protected.

“Avoiding car sharing and following hands-face-space when you’re at work or on a break remains the best way to prevent the spread in the workplace.”

Andy Burford, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said “Thanks to the efforts of our residents we are getting closer to being below the regional and national averages – but we still remain above them.

“It’s not clear yet what the rules will be after lockdown but when this is reviewed we will want to be in the best position possible.

 “For the sake of local businesses and the health of our residents we need to make the most of this lockdown - if we don’t then we may face future local restrictions.”