Cases continue to climb in Telford and Wrekin
Coronavirus cases in Telford and Wrekin have risen for the second week running, the latest figures show.
There were 89 new Coronavirus cases reported for Telford and Wrekin during the past seven days (31 May – 6 June), 40 more than the previous seven-day period.
The number of cases in Telford and Wrekin is above the regional average but below the national average.
Local health leaders warn that Coronavirus has not gone away, and we must all play our part to keep cases low and everyone safe.
For the week ending 6 June, the Covid-19 situation in the borough is:
• 89 Covid-19 cases reported, 40 more compared to the previous week
• The seven-day infection rate for Telford and Wrekin is 49 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For the West Midlands, the seven-day infection rate is 38 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For England, the seven-day infection rate is 54 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 since the start of the pandemic is 258)
• There is one patient with Covid-19 in the local hospital as of 6 June.
Liz Noakes, Telford and Wrekin's Director for Public Health, said:
"In Telford and Wrekin, we are starting to see the beginnings of a third wave.
"Our rise in cases reflects the national situation, but we are working hard to put local solutions in place to minimise the spread.
"It is good news that local hospital admissions remain very low,
"However, government restrictions remain in place and we all still have a responsibility to reduce the spread, to keep cases low and people safe.
"If you have symptoms, however mild, get a PCR test regardless of if you have been vaccinated or not.
"Residents should also be checking for Covid twice a week with rapid flow home tests - know your covid status.
"Ensure you take up both your vaccinations when offered; a second vaccination provides more comprehensive protection.
"Coronavirus has not gone away. Continue to practice hands, face, space and fresh air."
Cllr Andy Burford, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:
"When cases are rising across the country, it is inevitable that it will do so in our borough as well.
"It is understandable that after months of sacrifices, this news can be dispiriting.
"The Delta Variant, also known as Indian Variant, continues to spread in our borough and the rest of the country.
"However, it is thought that the vaccine continues to be effective against this variant.
"We need to keep doing the right things to help keep others safe.
"Get tested, get vaccinated and remember hands, face, space and fresh air."