Stoke-on-Trent remains on coronavirus watchlist as cases continue to go up



Stoke-on-Trent has remained on the Government’s coronavirus watchlist as an area of concern.

Every week Public Health England publishes a list of areas across the country that can be considered to have the highest weekly infection rates along with a string of other factors.

It then considers whether those areas need intervention – such as Birmingham where new lockdown restrictions have been imposed – or are areas of concern like Stoke-on-Trent.

The latest indiction from Public Health says the city now has an infection rate of 134.5 cases per 100,000 people – up from 119.2 this time last week.

The announcement comes as Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Staffordshire County Council revealed new testing centres would be available across the area next week.

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A city council spokesman said: “Nationally we’ve seen the highest rise in cases since May. Here in our own city – across the whole city – we’ve seen that coronavirus case numbers are increasing and continue to do so.

“It’s therefore not a surprise that we remain on the watch list. While it’s positive that we’ve not escalated to an area of intervention by government, this still could very much could be a reality for us and it remains incredibly serious that we remain on this list.

“We need to do everything we can to continue to battle this horrible disease.”

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Across England the number of hospital admission due to coronavirus is said to be increasing while the number of young adults infected with Covid-19 has also gone up.

A report from Public Health England said: “Several surveillance indicators suggest that there have been increases in COVID-19 activity at a national level during the last week.

“Among young adults there has been a shift in the demographic of cases in recent weeks from the highest rates among those in the most deprived groups towards those in the least deprived groups.”





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