Across Birmingham, the number of cases increased by 614 compared with last week (3,116 cases this week compared to 2,502 last week).
Total cases rose in all age groups this week, most noticeably in the 60 – 79 age group (77%).
Hospital admissions range between 14 and 36 new cases a day across the hospitals in the city (total = 154), 60% more than last week’s numbers of between 10 and 18 (total = 96). The average number of daily hospital admissions has been steadily increasing over the last month. There were 4 deaths from COVID—19 this week in Birmingham.
The percentage of positive tests has also increased, as have the overall rates of testing. 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 18 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, or schedule your vaccination by calling 119. Walk-in vaccination clinics are still taking place at locations across Birmingham and Solihull, for first doses and those eligible to receive a second dose; the locations and times can be checked here.
Full information on the restrictions at the current stage of lockdown easing can be seen on the government website here, and in our detailed summary here, which we’ve updated in line with the reduced changes in place since 21st June. We’ll update our summary to reflect the upcoming changes after they’ve come into force on Monday 19th July.