Shropshire Covid infection rate higher than the national average

Covid infection rates in Shropshire are higher than the national average, latest figures reveal.

Despite a decline in positive cases of coronavirus, the county saw 428 reported from February 12- 18.

The figure was a decrease of 64, or 13 per cent, compared to the previous week.

It means that the seven-day infection rate for Shropshire was 132.5 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 of the population, compared to 121.3 per 100,000 for England.

For the West Midlands it was 160.4 per 100,000.

Figures released by Shropshire Council for February 12-18 also showed that there were 22 Covid-19-related deaths in Shropshire hospitals, while 91 hospital beds at the Royal Shrewsbury and Princess Royal Hospitals were occupied by Covid-19 patients.

Most cases, 40 per cent, were in north Shropshire, 35 per cent of cases were in the Shrewsbury & Atcham area and 25 per cent were in south Shropshire.

Statistics also showed that 91 cases relate to people under the age of 30,, while 57 cases related to people aged 70-plus.

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