Coronavirus Update 01.05.21

Birmingham City Council’s dashboard of Covid-19 information for the week ending 23rd April can be seen here. Case rates have increased slightly over the past week, possibly due to increased social activity. The rate of testing using PCR, LFD or both has increased. The PCR positivity rate has slightly increased.

Total cases for the week ending 23rd April have increased in the 0-19 and 40-59 age-groups, and cases remain highest in secondary school children. We’re reminded that testing for schools and families remains vital to prevent spread of infection to older age groups.

The average daily Covid admissions to Birmingham’s hospitals remained static this week with around 7 new cases a day. The number of deaths has also remained at around 6 deaths per week. Moseley’s case rate has dropped by a further 50% since the previous fortnight.

All adults who don’t have symptoms should now be testing twice a week using the rapid lateral flow tests. Testing for asymptomatic individuals is now available across the city and you can also order test kits directly from the government for free by post or find a local collection site to pick up tests. Testing is a quick and easy way to make sure you are keeping yourself and others safe.

Most of the identified contacts of cases are still within the same household or household visitors. Spread often happens in the household but it isn’t inevitable, and www.germdefence.org can help.

Our full description of the rules at the current stage of lockdown easing can be seen here, and a poster summarising the rules is here.