Across Birmingham, the number of cases increased by 79 cases compared with last week (262 cases this week compared to 183 last week). 14 wards reported no new cases this week. Moseley’s case rate increased from the previous week, however the actual number of positive cases remains low at 46 per 100,000 people.
Total cases rose in all age groups except the 60-79 year olds which remained the same. The average daily COVID admissions to Birmingham’s hospitals remained low this week with between 3 and 12 new cases a day across the hospitals in the city, a slight increase from between 3 and 9 last week. The number of deaths dropped from 1 to 0.
The overall rate of testing using PCR, LFD or both has increased, although the rate of testing in school children has fallen.
Spread appears to be primarily occurring through household, social and workplace interactions. Spread often happens in the home but it isn’t inevitable, and www.germdefence.org can help.
People aged 30 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.
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.