Tier two restrictions inevitable

Written by on October 16, 2020

The latest local COVID-19 figures for Telford and Wrekin have been published.

For the week ending 11 October, in Telford and Wrekin there have been:

  • 144 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19
  • The number of cases in the borough has quadrupled over the last in 4 weeks
  • The seven day infection rate for Telford and Wrekin is 81 confirmed cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 of the population.
  • This is 19 cases per 100,000 below the Government’s current trigger point for Tier 2 restrictions.
  • For the West Midlands the average is 127 confirmed cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 of the population
  • For England the average is 157 confirmed cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 of the population
  • 6 cases relate to care homes
  • 15 cases relate to educational settings
  • 10 cases are students and may include students who are not borough residents
  • The remaining 113 people are in the community across the borough
  • A further 4 people diagnosed with Covid-19 have been admitted to hospital this week

Telford and Wrekin’s cases have quadrupled in the last four weeks, although the rate of infection is still lower than the regional and national averages whose numbers also continue to rise rapidly. Currently Telford & Wrekin are in the Medium Covid Alert Level – Tier 1.

Liz Noakes, The Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “In the past week we have had 144 people diagnosed with Covid-19 in Telford and Wrekin – four weeks ago we had just 25.

“We are now at a tipping point and if the virus continues to grow at this rate, it appears inevitable we will see the next tier of restrictions here.

“The increasing infection rates are not restricted to younger people – older and more vulnerable people are now being infected as the virus spreads within families and communities.

“In the past two weeks we’ve had two deaths from Covid-19 in the borough and our thoughts are with their friends and families at this time.

“We must now all play our part to protect more vulnerable community members.

“Please reduce the number of people outside your household that you meet – this will make a big difference in stemming the spread of the virus and protecting those most at risk.

“Be more vigilant about the basic steps – keep two metres from people you do not live with, wear face coverings and regularly wash your hands.”

Andy Burford, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “We know that the majority of people are following the rules, and we thank you.

“But the reality if cases increase at the current rate further restrictions are inevitable.

“If you have any one of the key Coronavirus symptoms, stay at home, self-isolate and book a test.

“If you test positive or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace, you must isolate. A government scheme is there to support those on low incomes to help people to isolate.

“We must all pull together to keep our loved ones and vulnerable members of our communities safe.”

For more information on local Covid-19 figures, visit the council website.

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