593 further coronavirus cases and two more deaths recorded in Birmingham

The number of coronavirus cases in Birmingham increased by 593 in the last 24 hours, official figures show – and two more deaths were recorded.

A Coronavirus testing centre in Dalston, east London. There were a further 6,042 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK as of 9am on Saturday, taking the overall number to 429,277. A further 34 deaths were recorded.
A Coronavirus testing centre in Dalston, east London. There were a further 6,042 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK as of 9am on Saturday, taking the overall number to 429,277. A further 34 deaths were recorded.

The number of coronavirus cases in Birmingham increased by 593 in the last 24 hours, official figures show – and two more deaths were recorded.

A total of 188,922 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 in Birmingham when the UK coronavirus daily dashboard was updated on December 3 (Friday), up from 188,329 on Thursday.

The rate of infection in Birmingham now stands at 16,565 cases per 100,000 people, higher than the England average of 15,566.

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    Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 50,573 over the period, to 10,379,647.

    There were also two more coronavirus deaths recorded in the latest 24-hour period in Birmingham.

    The dashboard shows 3,063 people had died in the area by December 3 (Friday) – up from 3,061 on Thursday.

    It means there have been 18 deaths in the past week, which is an increase on 15 the previous week.

    They were among 15,186 deaths recorded across the West Midlands.

    The figures include anyone who died within 28 days of a positive test result for Covid-19, and whose usual residence was in Birmingham.

    Daily death counts are revised each day, with each case backdated to the actual date of death.

    The figures also show that more than half of people in Birmingham have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.

    The latest figures show 632,176 people had received both jabs by December 2 (Thursday) – 58% of those aged 12 and over, based on the number of people on the National Immunisation Management Service database.

    Across England, 81% of people aged 12 and above had received a second dose of the jab.

    Unlike at local level, the national rate was calculated using mid-2020 population estimates from the Office for National Statistics.