Birmingham City Council’s latest coronavirus update can be seen here and their dashboard of Covid-19 information for the week ending 26th February can be seen here. The impact of the national lockdown continues to reduce case numbers. Whilst the number of tests has fallen the % of tests that were positive also fell which is promising. Most of the identified contacts of cases are in the same household or household visitors.
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 and Maypole. There are 3 mobile sites as well as over 80 community pharmacies offering testing.
The average daily Covid admissions has fallen to around 61 new cases a day across the hospitals in the city. Pressure on the NHS remains very high, although there are positive signs of case rate improving and this should hopefully fall soon.
12 wards showed an increase in case numbers over the last week, however the actual number of cases these wards increased by is fairly small (Between 1 and 13 cases, 13 being Hall Green North) Moseley, showed a 57% decrease in cases.
See our article here for an overview of guidance to stay safe and protect others. We will of course send updates in the newsletters when the guidance changes.