Covid-19 Cases remain stable in Telford and Wrekin
The number of new coronavirus cases in Telford and Wrekin continues to remain stable, the latest figures show.
There were 45 new cases reported for Telford and Wrekin during the past seven days (12-18 April), four more than the previous seven-day period.
The borough's infection rate is similar to the regional and national average.
For the week ending 18 April, the COVID-19 situation in the borough is:
• 45 Covid-19 cases have been reported
• 4 more new cases were recorded compared to the previous week
• The seven-day infection rate for Telford and Wrekin is 25 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For the West Midlands, the seven-day infection rate is 23 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For England, the seven-day infection rate is 24 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• Sadly, one local resident has died within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test in the past week (the total borough deaths remains at 257)
• There were two people diagnosed with Covid-19 in Telford and Shrewsbury hospitals, as of 18 April
Liz Noakes, Telford and Wrekin's Director for Public Health, said: "For six weeks now, our local figures have fluctuated between 30 and 60 cases remaining broadly stable.
"Local outbreaks can significantly impact on the total case numbers we have; currently we have two clusters of cases in Hadley, Leegomery, Oakengates and Ketley Bank making up a significant proportion of cases.
“The council is works hard to support organisations experiencing an outbreak and stands ready to act any future ones.
"We ask everyone to please continue to be cautious, follow the rules and get tested twice a week."
Cllr Andy Burford, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: "It's sad to see that we've had our first local death recorded in several weeks.
"This death serves is a reminder that this virus is deadly, and by following the rules, we will save lives.
"Getting tested twice a week even if you feel well and have been vaccinated remains essential, as you could spread the virus without knowing it.
"It's straightforward to do, you can pickup a home testing kit from the many collection points across the borough or go to one of our rapid testing sites."