We are now less than a week away from the next step of the roadmap with more restrictions being lifted on Monday 17th May. From this date, indoor hospitality will reopen with the rule of six being applied, while cinemas, galleries and the rest of the accommodation sector will also reopen. Overnight stays will be allowed in groups of up to six people or two households, while up to 30 people can now meet outdoors. Full information on what restrictions are changing on May 17th can be seen on the government website here.
Birmingham City Council’s dashboard of Covid-19 information for the week ending 7th May can be seen here, including new statistics showing the rates of vaccine uptake across the city.
The total number of cases across Birmingham decreased by 19 compared with the previous week, and 11 Birmingham wards reported no new cases in the week ending 7th May. Moseley’s case rate rose again slightly, but our actual case rate remains low at 28 positive cases per 100,000 people.
The average daily COVID admissions to Birmingham’s hospitals last week remained low with around 6 new cases a day, slightly up from around 9 the previous week. The number of deaths dropped to 1 from 2 deaths last week.
Total cases fell in all age groups apart from the 0-19 year olds, which increased by 8, making this the age group with the most cases. Spread appears to be primarily occurring through household, social and workplace interactions. Spread often happens in the household but it isn’t inevitable, and www.germdefence.org can help.
The rate of testing using PCR, LFD or both has increased. All adults who don’t have symptoms should now be testing twice a week using rapid lateral flow tests. Testing is a quick and easy way to make sure you are keeping yourself and others safe.
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. We’ll send a full summary of the upcoming changes to the guidelines in our next newsletter.