Birmingham Covid Update

Birmingham Covid Update

The impact of the national lockdown continues to reduce case numbers. The % of positive tests and the overall rate of cases has also fallen and testing rates have improved. Most of the identified contacts of cases are in the same household or householdvisitors. Spread often happens in the household but it isn’t inevitable, and www.germdefence.org can help.

We also continue to see clusters in workplaces and it is important that all employers take action to protect staff, including regulartesting. Anyone who is unable to work from home, or in a care or support bubble, should be testing every 3 days with lateral flow test which can help identify people who are infectious but don’t have symptoms. Testing for asymptomatic individuals is now available across the city including a facility at the Hippodrome along with fixed sites in Shard End, Sheldon, Kingstanding, Handsworth, Kings Norton, Sutton Mere Green and Maypole.There are 3 mobile sites as well as at over 90 community pharmacies – including the Jhoots pharmacies in Acocks Green and Hall Green.

The average daily Covid admissions has fallen to around 30 new cases a day across the hospitals in the city. Pressure on the NHSremains high, although there are positive signs of case rate improving and this should hopefully fall soon.

28 wards showed an increase in case numbers over the lastweek, but overall the case number has dropped from lastweek from 1,007 to 879 across all wards. Sutton Mere Green reported 2 cases this week, but had no new cases last week,so has been shown as a zero percent increase this week asthere is no denominator.

Case rates take account of the different population sizesacross wards so is a more useful way of looking at differencesbetween areas than just looking at case numbers.

The wards with the highest case rates (cases per 100,000residents) in the last week are:

• Allens Cross (213)

• Shard End (211)

• Highter’s Heath (186)

• Perry Common (172)

• Oscott (159)

• Edgbaston (154)

• South Yardley (140)

• Pype Hayes (139)

• Ward End (132)

• Kingstanding (114)

Case rates are declining in all age groups, and the 20 to 39 age group has the largest number of cases. Similarly, caseshave fallen over the past week in all ethnic groups, with thelargest number being from the White ethnic group.

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