Coronavirus – Updates from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) – 26th September 2021

The Daily Telegraph reported in the Saturday 25th September edition that “The number of people infected with Covid in England is at its lowest level since before Freedom Day” (19th July 2021). However, data from the ONS released on Sunday 26th September shows a consistently high level of cases per 100,000 people in Worcestershire as a whole and in the individual health areas across the County. Note that these figures are derived from the total number of people with at least one positive COVID-19 test result, either lab-reported or lateral flow device (England only) in the most recent 7-day period. Positive rapid lateral flow test results should be confirmed with PCR tests taken within 72 hours. 

The data is as follows:

Worcestershire – 306.8 (per 100,000 people)

Bromsgrove – 408.7

Malvern Hills – 172.4

Worcester City – 208.4

Wychavon – 275.4

Wyre Forest – 312.4

Regarding deaths of people who had had a positive test result for COVID-19 and died within 28 days of the first positive test, the total figure for Worcestershire is 1,252 or 209.3 per 100,000 people.

Regarding vaccinations, some 89.6% of the total UK population aged 16 and over have received a first dose, and 82.3% have received a second dose.