I have been briefed today by City Officials. They inform that “Covid infection rates, driven largely by omicron, currently stand at just over 1,900 per 100,000 – for perspective, the previous highest during the pandemic was 1,100 per 100,000. Thankfully – at the present time – hospitalisations and intensive care cases due to covid are only increasing slightly. However, there are two key things that we know. Firstly, nearly 90% of intensive care patients are unvaccinated and secondly, we know from our modelling based on what has happened in London, that the situation in our city will get much worse over the coming days and weeks, before stabilising and getting better.
The current rates of infection and transmission mean that – like so many other areas – pressures are also beginning to increase on our city’s and region’s core public services. Again, this is only likely to get worse over the coming days and weeks. Nationally, we are aware that Local Resilience Forums (LRFs) in some areas have declared major incidents as a result of such pressures. This means that they can then call on national and regional aid to bolster their own services. At a regional level, the West Midlands Local Resilience Forum which we are a key part of, is closely monitoring the growing pressures on emergency services and the NHS.”
Councillor Bateman added ” These are startling figures and we all need to do as much as we can to stay alert, please take up the vaccinations. I know that Wednesfield is just above average with regard’s to the residents who have been taking the offered vaccinations. I want to urge you to do all you can to take up your Jabs .”