Across Birmingham, the number of cases increased by 191 cases compared with last week (668 cases this week compared to 477 last week). 4 wards reported no new cases this week.
Moseley’s case rate increased again from the previous week, to 138 per 100,000 people.
Total cases rose in all age groups. The average daily COVID admissions to Birmingham’s hospitals remained low this week with between 4 and 12 new cases a day across the hospitals in the city (total = 58), a slight increase from between 4 and 10 last week (total = 48). The number of deaths dropped to 1 from 2 deaths in the previous week.
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 23 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.
Full information on the restrictions at the current stage of lockdown easing can be seen on the government website here, in the summary flyer here, and in our detailed summary here, which we’ll update next week in line with the reduced changes now due on 21st June.