Virus cases increase across Worcester

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 8:19am

By Christian Barnett - Local Democracy Reporter

Several areas across Worcester saw three or more new coronavirus cases recorded last week.

Four cases were recorded in Ronkswood and Nunnery Wood and a further three were recorded in Worcester Town North – the area covering many WR1 and some WR3 postcodes – which includes most of the city centre, Arboretum and Barbourne.

Four cases were also recorded in Worcester Town South – which covers most of the city centre towards Worcester Cathedral as well as Sidbury, parts of London Road, Wyld’s Lane and Lowesmoor – and four cases were recorded in Henwick.

The latest data published by Public Health England shows which areas in Worcestershire have recorded three new cases or more between September 24 and September 30 – the latest data available.

Four cases were recorded in Warndon East, three cases were recorded in Warndon West and three cases were also in Battenhall and Diglis and Dines Green and St John’s.

Three cases were recorded in King George’s Field – which covers WR3 and WR4 postcodes including parts of Astwood Road, Tolladine Road, Langdale Drive, Brickfields Road and Blackpole Road – during the week.

The figures are split into several ‘middle super output areas’ – which is used by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). These zones are slightly larger than postcode areas with an average population of around 7,200 people.

Areas with fewer than two cases are not highlighted by Public Health England.

Dr. Kathryn Cobain, director of Public Health for Worcestershire said: “The national delay in recording figures has led to an increase in numbers of Covid-19 cases across the UK.

“We have also seen this affect the numbers of cases reported in Worcestershire. This data is not wholly reliable in presenting an infection rate over a week’s period.

“I’d urge caution when looking at the current data over the next week. They are however real cases and we know Covid-19 cases are going up in Worcestershire and elsewhere.

“My concern remains around our northern districts, of Bromsgrove, Redditch and Wyre Forest and our work continues across the county to prevent outbreaks.

“I’d remind everyone that none of this changes the basic key things we can all do to cut our risk of infection- wash our hands, keep our distance and wear face coverings when necessary.”

Just outside of the city, four cases were recorded in Fernhill Health and Ombersley and five cases were recorded in Drakes Broughton and Norton.

Four cases were also recorded in Droitwich Spa East and a further three cases were recorded in Droitwich Spa South.

Elsewhere in Wychavon, seven cases were recorded in Pershore, five cases were recorded in Evesham East and three cases were recorded in Evesham North and Hampton.

In Malvern, five cases were recorded in Barnard’s Green, four cases were recorded in Abberley, Holt Heath and Hallow and three cases were recorded in Kempsey and Ryall.

A total of 3,468 confirmed cases have been recorded in Worcestershire (as of October 4) according to Public Health England. Of those cases, 586 have been recorded in Worcester.

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