Stoke-on-Trent will remain on the Government’s watch-list for another seven days despite a fall in infection rates.
The city was listed as an ‘area of concern’ by the Government last Friday, August 20.
It was confirmed yesterday that the Potteries will remain on the list while cases are monitored.
The news comes as a further seven people tested positive for coronavirus over the last 24 hours bringing the total to 1,735.
This compares with 10 yesterday, 11 on Thursday, four on Wednesday, three on Tuesday and five on Monday.
Meanwhile, another 14 were confirmed across the rest of Staffordshire – bringing the total there to 4,201 since the start of the pandemic.
Public Health England publishes an updated watch-list every week. It lists the areas of the country with the most serious problems with coronavirus.
Inclusion on the list can lead to extra resources being directed to the area, or new restrictions being imposed, but it now seems likely that neither of these will happen in Stoke-on-Trent.
Public health officials are still urging people to follow Government guidelines over hand-washing, wearing face coverings and social distancing. They are also reminding people not to visit households outside their bubbles, as household-to-household transmission has been one of the key vectors for recent infections in the city.
Confirmed coronavirus cases as of September 5:
- Stoke-on-Trent: 1,735 (up seven from yesterday
- Staffordshire Moorlands: 412 (up three from yesterday)
- Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough: 867 (up two from yesterday)
- Stafford Borough: 625 (up five from yesterday)
- Cheshire East: 2,435 (up nine from yesterday)
- Staffordshire County (all Staffordshire authorities – including those in the south of the county – excluding Stoke-on-Trent): 4,201 (up 14 from yesterday)
Deaths with Covid-19 at local hospital trusts:
- University Hospitals Of North Midlands NHS Trust (Royal Stoke University Hospital and County Hospital): 355
- North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust (Harplands Hospital): 6
- Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust ( Haywood Hospital, Leek Moorlands Hospital, Bradwell Hospital, Cheadle Hospital and more): 12
- Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Including Leighton Hospital in Crewe): 213
- East Cheshire NHS Trust ( Congleto n War Memorial Hospital and Macclesfield District General Hospital): 146
A further eight people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital inthe UK, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals to 29,604, NHS England said on Saturday.
The number of deaths in Wales increased by one to 1,597.
Scotland reported 141 new confirmed cases as its death toll remained at 2,496.
Northern Ireland had no new deaths. Its total stands at 564, with 118 new cases taking the overall count to 7,621.
In other developments:
– Coronavirus restrictions are to be eased in Greater Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.
Casinos, skating rinks, bowling alleys, exhibition halls, conference centres and indoor play areas, including soft play areas, will be able to lawfully reopen on Tuesday in all three places, apart from Bolton, Greater Manchester.
The rate of infection is still too high in Greater Manchester, parts of Lancashire and West Yorkshire to allow lifting restrictions on gatherings.
– Leeds City Council leader Judith Blake told BBC Breakfast on Saturday that she “fully expected” the city to be on the Government’s watchlist.
– Seven £10,000 fines have been issued to illegal rave organisers in Leeds, Ms Blake said, as she urged young people to “recognise their own responsibility” in controlling the spread of the virus.
b A public sector union said it would be willing to consider strike action after confirming it opposed Cabinet-driven plans for the vast majority of civil servants to return to the office by the end of the month.
– The Government will deliver 250,000 clear face masks to frontline NHS and social care workers to help them communicate with people with conditions such as hearing loss and dementia.
– Extinction Rebellion activists have been warned they risk a large fine if they fail to comply with coronavirus rules banning gatherings of more than 30 people.