Covid-19 cases remain low in Telford and Wrekin
The number of new coronavirus cases in Telford and Wrekin is similar to the previous week, the latest figures show.
There were 25 new cases reported for Telford and Wrekin during the past seven days (10 May - 16 May), nine more than the previous seven-day period.
The borough's infection rate is lower than the national average.
With an outbreak of one of the Indian variants in the borough confirmed this week, health leaders warn regular testing remains vital to control the virus.
For the week ending 16 May, the COVID-19 situation in the borough is:
• 25 Covid-19 cases reported, nine more compared to the previous week
• The seven-day infection rate for Telford and Wrekin is 14 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For the West Midlands, the seven-day infection rate is 14 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For England, the seven-day infection rate is 20 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 was one person diagnosed with Covid-19 in Telford and Shrewsbury hospitals, as of 16 May
Liz Noakes, Telford and Wrekin's Director for Public Health, said: "Our cases are some of the lowest we have seen for a while.
"However, we are working to respond quickly to outbreaks, including one involving one of the Indian variants.
"Through testing and the isolation of positive cases, we are keeping cases low and the virus under control.
"Thank you to everyone who has got a test when asked. Each one helps us to track and stop the spread of the virus."
As part of a precautionary targeted testing campaign to minimise the spread of one of the Indian variants, Telford and Wrekin Council are asking groups of people in Telford and Wrekin to get tested:
• As a priority - secondary-school aged children in Newport, staff at the schools and their extended families and support bubbles (from Burton Borough, Haberdashers' Adams Grammar and Newport Girls' High School Academy) are urged to take a PCR Covid-19 test, even if they are not showing symptoms and even if the adults in the families have been vaccinated.
• Families with primary-school-aged children in Newport and all other Newport residents are encouraged to get PCR tested as soon as they can.
A testing centre is now open in Newport (at Shuker Playing Fields, Sports and Social Club, Barnmeadow Road, TF10 7TP). Opening times are Monday to Friday, 11am-6pm, and 9am-3pm over the weekends.
People can drop in between the opening times - no appointments needed. Queues may be possible, so please plan ahead.
A PCR test can be booked on the government website for any other test sites; when booking, people should say the 'council has asked me to get tested even though I do not have symptoms.'
Public Health England has advised that, while the Covid-19 Indian variant is considered more transmissible, there is no firm evidence yet to show this variant has any greater impact on the severity of disease or evades the vaccine.
Cllr Andy Burford, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: "News that we have identified one of the Indian variants in our borough will cause some concern.
"However, the testing we are taking is precautionary to prevent any further spread.
"After the first day, we have been pleased with the number of people coming forward to get tested.
"I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who has played their part and got a test when asked.
"Only through regular testing and isolation of positive cases can we help to keep others safe."