Covid-19 cases in Telford and Wrekin remain stable
The number of new coronavirus cases in Telford and Wrekin continues to remain stable, the latest figures show.
There were 41 new cases reported for Telford and Wrekin during the past seven days (19-25 April), four fewer than the previous seven-day period.
The borough's infection rate is similar to the regional and national average.
For the week ending 25 April, the COVID-19 situation in the borough is:
• 41 Covid-19 cases have been reported
• 4 fewer cases were recorded compared to the previous week
• The seven-day infection rate for Telford and Wrekin is 23 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For the West Midlands, the seven-day infection rate is 22 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For England, the seven-day infection rate is 24 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• Zero residents have died within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test in the past week (the total borough deaths remains at 257)
• There were three people diagnosed with Covid-19 in Telford and Shrewsbury hospitals, as of 25 April
Liz Noakes, Telford and Wrekin's Director for Public Health, said: "Cases in Telford and Wrekin remain stable, for several weeks cases have fluctuated between 35 and 55.
"The council continues to work hard to monitor the cluster of cases in Hadley and Leegomery involving the mutation of the UK-variant.
"We have seen a huge community effort in these areas to go out and get tested.
"So I want to say thank you to everyone who has been to get tested. Each one helps us to track and stop the spread of the virus.”
As part of a targeted testing campaign to track the mutation of the UK-variant, Telford and Wrekin Council are asking groups of people in Telford and Wrekin to get tested.
The council is asking the following to get a PCR Covid-19 test even if they are not showing symptoms:
• Families with school-aged children in Hadley and Leegomery;
• Their extended families, friends, bubbles;
• and residents in Hadley & Leegomery.
A PCR test can be booked on the government website, when booking people should say the ‘council has asked me to get a test even though I do not have symptoms.’
Self-isolation is only required if people have symptoms or they later receive confirmation of a positive test.
Public Health England has advised that there is no evidence the mutation of the UK-variant causes more serious illness.
Liz Noakes, added: "Every test will be sequenced in a laboratory to confirm who has the mutation of the Covid-19 variant.
"The sequencing takes time, so we can't update yet on the situation."
Cllr Andy Burford, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: "It's reassuring that coronavirus cases in Telford and Wrekin remain low, but we do need to monitor this mutation closely.
"We've seen a good response for people to get tested, and our Health Protection Team is working hard to stop the spread of the virus.
"Thank you to everyone in the local community for doing their bit.
"New variants and mutations of the Coronavirus underline why we all need to continue to play our part to help suppress and control the spread of the virus."
"This is why it is essential for all residents in Telford and Wrekin to get a rapid test twice a week.
"You should be getting a rapid test twice a week even if you feel well and have been vaccinated. You could spread the virus without knowing it.
"It's straightforward to do, pick up a home testing kit from the many collection points across the borough or go to one of our rapid testing sites."
"Anybody who tests positive on a rapid test should go on to get a PCR Covid-19 test."