Worrying weekly rise in Stoke-on-Trent covid cases as end of lockdown nears


Coronavirus cases in Stoke-on-Trent have risen by 6.4 per cent in the past week.

Latest Public Health England data – published this afternoon – reveals Stoke-on-Trent has a seven-day Covid-19 infection rate of 149.4 cases per 100,000 population.

It follows 88 new cases over the weekend. It means there have now been 18,701 positive coronavirus cases in the city since the start of the global pandemic. There have been 383 cases in the past week.

Now Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones – Stoke-on-Trent’s director of public health – has warned the city’s figures are ‘still far too high’.

It comes as households have flocked to the city’s beauty spots this weekend to enjoy the sunshine.

He said: “We are still up 6.4 per cent in a week. Hopefully we will move down a bit this week as schools start from March 8 and we are still far too high.”

Nationally, a further 6,035 new coronavirus cases have been recorded in England in the past 24 hours. It takes the total number to 20 million.

Confirmed Covid-19 cases by area as of February 28:

  • Stoke-on-Trent: 18,701 (up 88 from Friday)
  • Newcastle borough: 7,973 (up 32 from Friday)
  • Staffordshire Moorlands : 5,000 (up 18 from Friday)
  • Stafford borough: 8,298 (up 35 from Friday)
  • Staffordshire county (all boroughs/districts – excluding Stoke-on-Trent): 56,719 (up 244 from Friday)
  • Cheshire East: 19,749 (up 77 from Friday)





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