Across Birmingham, the number of cases increased by 202 cases compared with the previous week (481 cases this week compared to 279 last week). 5 wards reported no new cases this week.
Moseley’s case rate increased again from the previous week, however the actual number of positive cases remains low at 83 per 100,000 people.
Total cases rose in all age groups except the 80+ group which dropped from 6 to 2. The average daily COVID admissions to Birmingham’s hospitals remained low this week with between 4 and 10 new cases a day across the hospitals in the city (total = 48), a slight increase from between 3 and 12 last week (total = 43). The number of deaths rose to 2.
The percentage of positive tests has increased, but the overall rate of testing using PCR, LFD or both has decreased. All adults who don’t have symptoms should now be testing twice a week using the rapid lateral flow tests. You can order free at-home tests here, and testing kits are also available at our local network of community pharmacies.
Spread appears to be primarily occurring through household, social and workplace interactions, but it isn’t inevitable and www.germdefence.org can help.
People aged 25 and over are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Those who are eligible will be contacted by the NHS to book their vaccination, or you can book a vaccination, or manage an existing appointment, here. You can also schedule your vaccination by calling 119.