The first step along the roadmap out of lockdown was taken on Monday: Schools went back, with pupils being asked to take lateral flow tests and wear face coverings to reduce the risk of infection. At the same time, vaccines were opened up to over-55-year-olds in the UK, and Birmingham reached its lowest number of COVID-19 cases since October.
Birmingham City Council’s latest coronavirus update can be seen here and their dashboard of Covid-19 information for the week ending 5th March can be seen here. The impact of the national lockdown continues to reduce case numbers. The percentage of positive tests, and the overall rate of cases, have fallen and testing rates have improved.
The average daily Covid admissions to hospitals across Birmingham has fallen to around 44 new cases a day. Pressure on the NHS remains high, although there are positive signs of case rate improving and this should hopefully fall soon.
10 wards showed an increase in case numbers over the last week, most noticeably Edgbaston. Moseley has seen an increase of 30% in the case rate with 78 positive cases per 100,000 people.
Case rates are declining in all age groups, but the highest number is in the 30-49yrs age group. The rate of decrease in cases is slowest in the younger age group (0-19 years).
See our article here for an overview of guidance to stay safe and protect others.