Latest Information About Covid-19 In Wolverhampton

Good Morning Wednesfield – I thought that today I would bring you up to date with some Covid-19 statistics as they affect Wolverhampton.
The Covid-19 infection rate-The latest figures show there were 327.7 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the last seven days. That means 862 people in the city tested positive for the virus in that same period – though the true number of new cases will likely be higher.

Covid-19 vaccine update – Some 163,385 residents in Wolverhampton have now had at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, with 126,372 having had both doses. In total, 289,757 vaccinations have been administered in the city.

The Covid-19 vaccine bus has pulled up at Bilston Market this week, and anyone aged 18 and over is invited to get their first or second jab without needing to book an appointment. It is open today (Friday 16 July) to Sunday 18 July from 10am-4pm each day. The City Council urges people to carry on practicing Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air.

The Government has announced that existing Covid-19 restrictions will be lifted from Monday, with a national emphasis on ‘personal responsibility’ to help stop the spread of the virus. With Covid-19 cases continuing to increase rapidly in Wolverhampton and elsewhere – and hospitalisations now starting to rise too – the council is strongly advising people to act with extreme caution. Our message is clear: ‘Covid’s not over’ and we should continue to look out for each other.

That means being safe when we meet others, getting vaccinated when we have the chance, keeping our distance from each other remembering ‘hands, face, space and especially fresh air’ this time of year, wearing a face covering in enclosed public places like in shops and on buses, trains and trams, and getting tested regularly. The council is taking this approach and we are urging residents, city businesses and other organisations to do the same.

Meanwhile, the council is encouraging schools to keep pupils in ‘bubbles’ until the end of term to help stop the spread of Covid-19. The Government announced last week that the school bubble system would be scrapped from Monday. However, with the end of term just a few days later, the council is asking schools to retain the bubbles, and other measures such as the wearing of face coverings and staggered start and finish times, until the summer break.

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more