Stoke-on-Trent’s coronavirus infection rate could soon drop below 100 as just 21 new cases have been confirmed in the past 24 hours.
The latest Public Health England figures show there have now been 18,989 positive coronavirus infections across the city since the global pandemic began a year ago.
This means the city’s covid infection rate now stands at just 104.9 cases in every 100,000 people with 269 cases in the seven days ending March 3.
Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones, the director of social care, health integration and wellbeing at Stoke-on-Trent City Council, now expects the rate could continue to fall.
He said: “Nationally 4,712 cases and 65 deaths.
“A seven-day infection rate of 104.9 & 269 cases up to Mar 3. Positivity is just 4.4 per cent today.
“Looks like may break 100 in two days.”
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In the wider Staffordshire area there have been 64 new covid-19 cases as of 4pm today (March 8) bringing the total to 57,431.
This means the seven-day infection rate up to March 3 is 81.3 cases per 100,000 people with 715 new cases in the last week.
In Cheshire East there have been another 30 confirmed covid cases bringing the total to 20,033.
This brings the seven-day rate to 69 cases per 100,000 people with 265 cases in the week ending March 3.
Across the United Kingdom there have been 4,712 new cases meaning 4,223,232 have now tested positive for the virus.
Confirmed Covid-19 cases by area as of March 8:
- Stoke-on-Trent: 18,989 (up 21 from yesterday)
- Newcastle borough: 8,083 (up 10 from yesterday)
- Staffordshire Moorlands : 5,094 (up 12 from yesterday)
- Stafford borough: 8,356 (up eight from yesterday)
- Staffordshire county (all boroughs/districts – excluding Stoke-on-Trent): 57,431 (up 64 from yesterday)
- Cheshire East: 20,033 (up 30 from yesterday)
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