Infection rates remain consistently high in Shropshire

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The coronavirus infection remains high in Shropshire according to latest data.

Figures show 1,666 new COVID-19 cases were reported  during the seven-day period between 19-25  November 2021.

The 7-day infection rate for Shropshire was 512.0 per 100,000.

40 hospital beds were occupied by COVID-19 patients and there were 6 COVID-19-related deaths in a local hospital.

Rachel Robinson, Shropshire Council’s director of public health, said: “Shropshire has the second highest infection rate in the West Midlands and there is still widespread community transmission. Our local hospitals are treating high numbers of patients for COVID-19, and sadly there were six further deaths. 

“This week face coverings have become compulsory on public transport and in shops while scientists further investigate the new variant Omicron. The rule on self-isolation has also changed. Anyone who is a close contact of a suspected Omicron case must self-isolate for 10 days – regardless of their vaccination status. The other main change is people arriving in the UK will have to take a PCR test by Day 2 and self-isolate until they receive a negative result. 

“These are precautionary, but very necessary, measures while we take the time to fully understand the impact of this new, potentially more transmissible variant. It is really important that we follow them here in Shropshire to ensure we stay as safe as possible. 

“The vaccine remains our key defence against the virus, so please get the first and second dose, as well as the booster when you become eligible. If you have any symptoms, it is important to get a PCR test.” 

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