Covid-19 cases rise again in Telford and Wrekin

The number of new coronavirus cases in Telford and Wrekin is rising for the fourth week in a row, latest figures show.

Covid-19 cases rise again in Telford and Wrekin

There were 675 new Coronavirus cases reported for Telford and Wrekin during the past seven days (23-29 August), 15 more than the previous seven-day period.

For the week ending 29 August, the Covid-19 situation in the borough is:

• 675 Covid-19 cases reported, 15 more compared to the previous week
• The seven-day infection rate for Telford and Wrekin is 372 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For the West Midlands, the seven-day infection rate is 313 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For England, the seven-day infection rate is 299 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• Sadly, there have been three further deaths reported within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test (The total number of borough deaths since the start of the pandemic is 268)
• There were 37 patients with Covid-19 in local hospitals as of 1 September. 

Cllr Andy Burford, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:

"It's very sad to see that three people have lost their lives in the past week.

"As the number of local covid-19 cases has increased week on week, the number of people in local hospital has increased as well.

"A vaccination helps you to avoid being seriously ill, so protect yourself if you have not done so already.

"There continues to be several walk-in vaccination clinics across the borough - no appointment needed.

“If you prefer, you can still book your own vaccination slot on the NHS website.

"You can speak about any vaccination concerns at a walk-in clinic or with your GP."

Liz Noakes, Telford and Wrekin's Director for Public Health, said: 

"Infection rates are high and continue to rise, with schools returning this week, we expect this rise to continue.

"The three deaths we have had in the past week reminds us how dangerous the virus remains. 

"Testing remains essential, so continue to check for covid regularly with rapid tests at home and that you get a PCR test immediately if you have symptoms, however mild.

"Hands–face-space and fresh air remain helpful to prevent spread and avoiding others getting seriously ill.

"We still need to prevent the spread of the virus, so you must self-isolate if NHS test and trace asks you to do so.

"Living with covid does not mean carrying on as if the virus doesn’t exist - by doing these things, we can live more comfortably with the virus and keep Telford and Wrekin open and moving."