Covid cases in Birmingham and Solihull rise near levels seen at peak of second wave

Covid infection levels in Birmingham and Solihull are approaching the peak seen at the height of the second wave.

Schoolchildren are believed to be behind the increase in cases across England.

Estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that around one in 10 schoolchildren in grades 7-11 in England had Covid last week – the highest positivity rate for any group of children. age.

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Rates have also increased for those aged 50 to 69, those aged 70 and over, and there are early signs of a possible increase for those in grades 12 to 24.

In the seven days leading up to October 12, there were 3,311 positive cases of Covid in Birmingham.

This is an increase of 467 and 16.4 percent. The case rate per 100,000 people was 290.3.

In the seven days leading up to October 12, there were a total of 977 cases in Solihull.

This is an increase of 69% from the previous week, or 7.6%. The case rate per 100,000 people is 449.2.

While infection levels in England are high, they do not lead to the same level of hospitalizations and deaths as in the second peak thanks to the success of the vaccination campaign.

The spread of the virus is more common among younger age groups who have not been vaccinated or who have only been bitten in recent weeks.

The percentage of people testing positive for Covid-19 is estimated to have increased in all parts of England except the East Midlands, London and the North East, the ONS said.

It came as NHS England said more than three million additional Covid-19 jabs were delivered in four weeks.

A total of 3.1 million recalls have been given, with two in five people aged 50 and over eligible, the statement said.

More than a third of eligible health and care workers also received their booster shots.

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