Covid-19 cases and hospitalisations are both steadily rising across the UK.
Researchers believe part of the rise is due to the more contagious BA.2 variant, known as ‘Stealth Omicron’, which has now been revealed as the most dominant strain in the UK.
The recent relaxing of restrictions across the four nations, along with a change in the public behaviour is also thought to be a factor.
Here, we reveal the current Covid-19 hotspots in the Birmingham area, according to the daily official figures.
This article is to be updated daily with the latest figures, so make sure to come back to see the latest picture.
After the sharp rise in cases and hospitalisations, the UK Health Security Agency is now urging people to take precautions in order to slow the rate of infection down. This includes getting all available vaccination doses, taking a test if they have symptoms, as well as staying at home if they test positive.
Dr Mike Gent, Covid-19 Public Health Incident Director for the agency, said: “Covid-19 is circulating at increasing levels and while rates of severe disease and death remain low, hospital admissions have risen.
“As we learn to live with Covid-19, it’s vital that everyone keeps taking the necessary steps to limit the spread of Covid-19.”
What are the current coronavirus rules in England?
Wearing a mask is no longer a mandatory requirement in most indoor settings, however you are still required to wear a mask for visits to healthcare settings, such as GP surgeries, as well as care homes.
The rule on self isolation has also changed, after months of slowly reducing the number of days you had to self isolate. You no longer have to self-isolate if you test positive for Covid-19. This rule was lifted on February 24. Instead, people with Covid-19 are now advised to just stay home if it is possible to do so, and avoid contact with others.
If you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, you now no longer need to self-isolate or test daily.
From April 1, the Government stopped offering free PCR or lateral flow tests to the public. Some free testing remains for certain at-risk groups and social care workers.
People no longer need to take a test when arriving into the UK from abroad. This rule was lifted on March 18.
How many Covid cases are there in my area?
Here are the latest figures for each of our local council areas for the week ending 2 April 2022.
Rates of Covid-19 in Solihull are currently below the UK average. There were 1,433 recorded cases, which is a rate of 6.6 cases per 1,000 residents.
Rates of Covid-19 in Birmingham are currently below the UK average. There were 4,780 recorded cases, which is a rate of 4.2 cases per 1,000 residents.
Rates of Covid-19 in Sandwell are currently below the UK average. There were 1,412 recorded cases, which is a rate of 4.3 cases per 1,000 residents.
The figures include both positive PCR and lateral flow tests.
Where are the biggest Covid-19 hotspots in my area?
Some neighbourhoods have far higher Covid-19 rates than others.
Here are the 10 neighbourhoods in our area with the highest coronavirus rates, for the week ending April 2 2022.
- Stirchley North & Selly Park: there were 82 cases, which is equivalent to 10.4 cases per 1,000.
- Four Oaks: there were 68 cases, which is equivalent to 9.7 cases per 1,000.
- Balsall Common: there were 75 cases, which is equivalent to 9 cases per 1,000.
- Ulverly Green & Langley: there were 53 new cases, which is equivalent to 8.6 cases per 1,000 people.
- Lode Heath: there were 90 cases, which is equivalent to 8.5 cases per 1,000 people.
- Longbridge South: there were 62 cases, which is equivalent to 8.4 cases per 1,000.
- Olton & Kineton Green: there were 57 cases, which is equivalent to 8.1 cases per 1,000.
- Monkspath South: there were 46 cases, which is equivalent to 8.1 cases per 1,000.
- West Heath: there were 61 cases, which is equivalent to 8.1 cases per 1,000.
- Sutton Coldfield South & Central: there were 64 cases, which is equivalent to 8 cases per 1,000.