Covid-19 cases fall slightly in Telford and Wrekin
The number of new coronavirus cases in Telford and Wrekin has fallen slightly, the latest figures show.
There were 19 new cases reported for Telford and Wrekin during the past seven days (3 May - 9 May), 20 fewer than the previous seven-day period.
The borough's infection rate is lower than the regional and national average.
Health leaders are warning infection rates will go up and down as outbreaks occur and that regular testing remains vital to keep infection rates low.
For the week ending 9 May, theCOVID-19 situation in the borough is:
• 19 Covid-19 cases have been reported, 20 fewer compared to the previous week
• The seven-day infection rate for Telford and Wrekin is 11 cases of Covid-19per 100,000
• For the West Midlands, the seven-day infection rate is 18 cases of Covid-19per 100,000
• For England, the seven-day infection rate is 23 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 9 May
Liz Noakes, Telford and Wrekin's Director for Public Health, said: "Our cases are now the lowest we have seen since September last year.
"However, outbreaks will happen, and cases will rise.
"When this happens, we need to act quickly to contain an outbreak through testing and the isolation of positive cases.
"This is what we've done with the cluster of cases in Hadley and Leegomery involving the mutation of the UK-variant, a situation we continue to monitor closely.
"Thank you to all those people who have been tested already. Each one helps us to track and stop the spread of the virus.
Cllr Andy Burford, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: "It's great to see our cases fall, but it's crucial to acknowledge that outbreaks will happen, and our cases will rise as are sult.
"Only through regular testing and isolation of positive cases can we help to keep others safe.
"The threat posed by new variants and mutations mean we all must play our part by getting a rapid test twice a week."