Coronavirus Update 08.05.21

Birmingham City Council’s weekly coronavirus update can be seen here, and their dashboard of Covid-19 information for the week ending 30th April can be seen here. The total number of cases across the city has dropped by 109 compared with the previous week, and has decreased in all ethnic groups and all age-groups, except the 80+ which has remained static at 2 per week. The overall case rate and the % of positive tests has also fallen. However, the rate of testing using PCR, LFD or both has decreased.

The average daily COVID admissions to Birmingham’s hospitals last week was 9 new cases a day, slightly up from 7 the previous week. The number of deaths dropped to 2 from 6 deaths last week.

Moseley’s case rate has risen by 56% since the previous week, however the actual case rate is low, at 14 positive cases per 100,000 people.

Cases remain highest in secondary school children and we’re reminded that testing for schools and families remains vital to prevent spread of infection to older age groups.

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.

Spread appears to be primarily occurring through household, social and workplace interactions. Spread often happens in the household but it isn’t inevitable, and 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.