Schools still have high levels of Covid infections as overall rates fall - The Solihull Observer

Schools still have high levels of Covid infections as overall rates fall

Solihull Editorial 9th Feb, 2022   0

COVID figures in Solihull have fallen but health bosses say there are still concerns as schools are experiencing high levels of infections.

In the week up to February 4 there were 864 cases per 100,000 people in the borough, in England there was an average of 884 cases per 100,000 people.

In all there were 1,880 positive cases recorded in Solihull – bringing the total number of cases to 61,973 since the start of the pandemic.

There have also been 707 coronavirus-related deaths registered in Solihull to January 28.

Solihull’s director of public health, Ruth Tennant, said: “The number of infections in the borough remains very high, although we seem to have gone past the peak and are now seeing the figures fall.

“As pupils and parents will know schools are currently experiencing high levels of infections and we continue to work with school leaders to offer support and advice.

“The plateauing in numbers also suggests that we may be coming through the current wave.”

She added the bulk of the virus is circulating in the 18 to 40 age group and around 10 per cent of cases are in people who have already had Covid.

There are fewer people seriously ill in hospital with Covid which is partly a result of vaccine protection, says Ms Tennant.

Across Birmingham and Solihull more than two million vaccinations have been given and Ms Tennant said every day the vaccination team are seeing more residents coming forward for their first vaccine as well as their second and third doses.

In Solihull 85 per cent of people aged over 12 years old have had their first Covid vaccine, 80 per cent have had the second dose.

And 64 per cent have had the third dose.


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