Sandwell faces new lockdown restrictions as the Covid-19 infection rate continues to increase – but how does it compare to the rest of Black Country?
From tomorrow, Sandwell residents will not be allowed to mix with any other households in their homes or gardens.
It’s hoped the strict new measures, which also apply to Birmingham and Solihull, will stop the spread of the virus.
The borough saw 227 new cases recorded in the seven days to September 10 – the equivalent of 69.1 per 100,000 people.
This is the highest rate in the Black Country and it is up from 76 cases in the seven days to September 3.
Wolverhampton has the second highest rate, up from 22.4 to 59.2 with 156 new cases.
Health chiefs have said unless people’s behaviour changes rapidly, the city is likely to face further restrictions and greater lockdown measures of its own.
Councillor Ian Brookfield, leader of the City of Wolverhampton Council, said people needed to “go further” than the ‘rule of six’ – which came into force today – to avoid the introduction of such measures, ans John Denley, Wolverhampton’s director of public health, urged people to stay in their household or family bubble wherever possible.
Over in Walsall, the rate has risen from 17.5 to 114.8, with 95 new cases. Meanwhile Dudley has recorded 97 new cases, with the rate rising from 19.3 to 30.2.
The figures are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the Government’s testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two).
Data for the most recent three days (September 11-13) has been excluded as it is incomplete and likely to be revised.