Across Birmingham, the number of cases increased by 1060 cases compared with last week (4,735 cases this week compared to 3,675 last week).
Total cases rose in all age groups this week, most noticeably in the 40 – 59 age group (48%), the 60 – 79 age group (43%), and the 80+ age group (42%).
Hospital admissions range between 25 and 40 new cases a day (total = 218), 42% higher than last week’s numbers of between 14 and 36 new daily cases (total = 154). The average number of daily hospital admissions has been steadily increasing over the last month. There were 6 deaths from COVID—19 this week in Birmingham, up from 5 in the previous week.
The percentage of positive tests has also increased and, following a slight fall last week, the overall rate of testing has increased. 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. You can also 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.