Cases of coronavirus have nearly in Stoke-on-Trent in the space of a week – days after the council issued a lockdown warning.
Worrying new data from Public Health England reveals there have been 79 new cases in the Potteries in the seven days to last Thursday – the latest for when figures are available.
This means the city’s infection rate has risen from 15.6 to 30.8 cases per 100,000 of the population.
The news comes after Stoke-on-Trent City Council warned a local lockdown could be brought in after 12 cases were confirmed in one day, with the majority concentrated in the Normacot area.
Leader Abi Brown last week pleaded with residents to comply with social distancing rules after 12 cases were found in one day.
She said: “You can’t look at the national news without another city-wide lock-down coming into force or being discussed.
“We don’t want to be the next one – the next seven days is a critical time for the city so let’s all play our part, protect our loved ones and avoid lock-down.”
A temporary testing centre was set up in Nortmacot, with work being done at Stoke City’s bet365 Stadium to identify new cases.
Ms Brown said: “We expected case numbers to increase – it’s reassuring that they are not raising sharply and that is down to people co-operating and doing what they are asked and need to do.
“Our thanks go to the people of Normacot for their continued support and responsible behaviour.”
Public Health England figures released today has given an update on other coronavirus hotspots, MirrorOnline repports:
There were 149 new cases of Covid-19 recorded in Oldham in the seven days to August 20.
This is the equivalent of 62.8 cases per 100,000 people – down from 102.5 per 100,000 in the previous week (the seven days to August 13).
Oldham continues to record the highest rate of new cases in England, but the rolling rate has fallen steadily since a peak of 112.2 in the seven days to August 11.
Further restrictions were introduced in Oldham from midnight on Saturday August 22, with people told not to socialise with anyone outside their household and to use public transport only if it is essential.
Pendle is currently recording the second highest rate in England, but here too the numbers are falling.
Some 55 new cases were recorded in the seven days to August 20 – the equivalent of 59.7 cases per 100,000 people.
This is down from 90.1 cases per 100,000 in the seven days to August 13.
Blackburn with Darwen
A total of 76 new cases were recorded in Blackburn with Darwen in the seven days to August 20, or 50.8 per 100,000 people.
This is down from 94.9 in the previous seven days. Both Blackburn with Darwen and Pendle have had the same additional restrictions imposed as in Oldham.
Cases continue to fall in Leicester. The latest figures show 167 new cases were recorded in the seven days to August 20, or 47.1 per 100,000 people.
This is down from 60.7 in the previous seven days.
At the peak of the recent outbreak in the city, the rolling rate was as high as 159.5 cases per 100,000 for the seven days to June 24.
The city of Birmingham was placed on the Government’s national watchlist on August 21 as an “area of enhanced support”, meaning it will be provided with extra resources and support to help increase testing and manage outbreaks if necessary.
No new restrictions have been placed on residents, however, and the number of new cases is falling.
Birmingham currently has the 17th highest rate in England, with 23.6 cases per 100,000 people recorded in the seven days to August 20 – down from 30.4 in the previous seven days.
For a few days earlier in August, Northampton had the highest rate in England, thanks to an outbreak at the town’s Greencore sandwich factory.
The spike in cases caused by that outbreak has now passed. Northampton’s latest seven-day rate is 35.6 cases per 100,000, down from 117.5.