COVID-19 cases fall 27%, but still higher than average

Telford & Wrekin Council (TWC) published Telford & Wrekin’s coronavirus figures for the week ending 14 February 2021 yesterday. There were 336 confirmed COVID-19 cases last week, compared to 462 cases in the previous week. That is a 27% decrease overall, which is a faster rate than in previous weeks. TWC says that overall cases in the borough are still higher than the national and regional averages, however.

The coronavirus figures for Telford & Wrekin for the week ending 14 February 2021 showed that:

  • 366 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19
  • This is a 27% decrease compared with last week’s total of 462 cases*
  • The seven day infection rate for Telford and Wrekin is 187 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
  • For the West Midlands, the seven day infection rate is 174 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
  • For England, the seven day infection rate is 132 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
  • Sadly, 11 people in the borough have died within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test in the past week (bringing the total borough deaths to 229)
  • There were 100 people diagnosed with Covid-19 in Telford and Shrewsbury hospitals, as of 14 February

“We have seen a sustained fall in Coronavirus cases now week on week,” said Liz Noakes, Director for Public Health, in TWC’s Newsroom post. “Thank you to everyone for staying at home.”

She warned that Telford & Wrekin’s rates were still higher than the national and regional averages, and urged people to remain cautious.

“It can be tempting to bend the rules after several weeks of lockdown but I would urge everyone to stay at home,” Ms Noakes said. “Only go out for essential reasons, shop when necessary, and send one person to do the shopping.

“Data suggests that outbreaks in workplaces where home working is not possible continues to be an issue.”

TWC advises that people who can’t avoid leaving home for work should book a rapid coronavirus test.

Rapid tests can be booked online via TWC’s website.

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.

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