15/04/2021 - Permalink

Coronavirus: COVID-19 cases down by nearly 50%

Related topics: Coronavirus / Health

During the 7-day period between 2-8 April 2021:

  • 32 new cases reported
  • This was a decrease of 29 cases (47%) compared to the previous week
  • The seven-day infection rate for Shropshire was 9.9 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 of the population
  • For the West Midlands it was 26.2 per 100,000
  • For England it was 27 per 100,000
  • 3 hospital beds were occupied by COVID-19 patients
  • 0 (zero) COVID-19-related deaths at our hospitals
  • 4% of cases are linked to care homes
  • 40%  cases relate to people under the age of 30
  • 0% cases relate to people aged 70+
  • During the last week 40% of cases were in the Shrewsbury & Atcham area
  • 48% were in north Shropshire
  • 12% were in south Shropshire

Rachel Robinson, Shropshire Council’s director of public health, said:

“The further reduction in cases is welcome, especially as the restrictions of the third Lockdown are easing and there are opportunities for more socialising outside.

“Coronavirus has not gone away, and it’s more important than ever to act safely and prevent the spread of infection so that we can return to a life without so many restrictions in the future.

“It is still critical that we continue to follow the basics – hands, face and space – to ensure that we do not cause a spike in our infection rates. It is as vital as ever that we are sensible, adhere to the guidance, social distance, and not jeopardise our health and those of others.

“Every resident in Shropshire should get a regular symptom-free Lateral Flow Test twice a week to ensure you are not unknowingly spreading coronavirus. You are now able to order symptom-free tests online or to collect from all our local testing sites, participating pharmacies, as well as local libraries and leisure centres.”

A full list of testing sites and collection points can be found here

If you think you may have coronavirus, or you are displaying any symptoms, you should self-isolate immediately and book an NHS test by visiting gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119.