The Covid-19 virus is lowest in four areas of Birmingham but case rates have risen above 800 in other West Midlands areas, the latest government map has revealed.
Edgbaston South and University, Selly Oak, Five Ways North and Aston Park were mapped as the areas of the region with the lowest case rates – with all of them marked as under 100.
The total number of cases in these ‘turquoise’ areas fell between 13 and six, according to the most recent government figures.
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But elsewhere in the region, postcodes had rising cases – with 77 cases in one area and a virus case rate of over 1,000.
The case rate was just under 850 in Bromley, with a total of 67 cases from the seven days up until October 14.
For Wythall, the case rate was 1,200 per 100 people with a total of 75 cases. And in Bloxwich North West, there were a total of 77 cases for the same time period – a case rate of over 1,000.
The news comes after it was revealed Walsall council, which has seen a steady increase in case numbers, had written to all schools in the borough advising them to consider reintroducing certain measures to halt the spread of the virus. .
Writing to schools in the area Stephen Gunther, Walsall’s director of public health, also outlined class bubbles should be among measures schools should take to reduce the spread of Covid.
Staggering lunch and break times, staff wearing of face masks in communal areas and an end to all-staff meetings were also within the recommendations.
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The advice comes, Mr Gunther writes, as the number of cases has continued to increase over the past month, with ‘the majority of positive cases currently in school aged children and young people.’
However, Birmingham city council has ruled out making similar recommendations to its schools – despite a similar rise in cases in the city.
Latest figures show that the number of new cases in the week leading up to October 14 was 3356 – up from 2986 in the week leading up to October 7.
And while a spokesperson for the council said that no new advice would be issued, they did state that the council’s policy is under ‘constant review’.
A spokesperson said: “The current position in Birmingham is that schools are introducing additional measures from the contigency framework on advice from the UK Health Security Agency/Public Health Birmingham when they have COVID outbreaks at their schools.”
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