Telford & Wrekin Council (TWC) published Telford & Wrekin’s coronavirus figures for the week ending 31 January 2021 yesterday. There were 566 confirmed COVID-19 cases last week, compared to 706 cases in the previous week. That is a 20% decrease overall.
The coronavirus figures for Telford & Wrekin for the week ending 31 January 2021 showed that:
- 566 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19
- This is a 20% decrease compared with last week’s total of 706 cases
- The seven day infection rate for Telford and Wrekin is 315 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
- For the West Midlands, the seven day infection rate is 324 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
- For England, the seven day infection rate is 256 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
- Sadly, 21 people in the borough has died within 28 days of a positive covid test in the past week (bringing the total borough deaths to 208)
- There were 150 people diagnosed with Covid-19 in Telford and Shrewsbury hospitals, as of 31 January
This decrease is lower than the 23% decrease recorded in the week ending 24 January, however, and Telford & Wrekin Council (TWC) has cautioned that “this is a slower decrease than the ones experienced in the West Midland and England”.
“Infection rates in Telford & Wrekin are not falling as fast when compared to the West Midlands and England,” said Liz Noakes, Director for Public Health, in a Newsroom post. “Staying at home and reducing travel is the main way we can reduce our cases – only go out for essential reasons, reduce the amount of trips you make to the shops and one person should be doing the shopping.”
TWC advises that people who can’t avoid leaving home for work should book a rapid coronavirus test.
The continuing advice is for people to to wash their hands regularly, wear masks, only leave home for essential reasons such as food shopping, and to practice social distancing. NHS England has a full list of steps you can take to help stop the spread of the virus.
People with coronavirus symptoms should self-isolate and book a standard coronavirus test as soon as possible. You can book a test 24/7 online, or by calling 119.