172 further coronavirus cases in Sandwell

The number of coronavirus cases in Sandwell increased by 172 in the last 24 hours, official figures show.

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 Sandwell increased by 172 in the last 24 hours, official figures show.

A total of 43,225 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 in Sandwell when the UK coronavirus daily dashboard was updated on August 11 (Wednesday), up from 43,053 on Tuesday.

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The rate of infection in Sandwell now stands at 13,137 cases per 100,000 people, far higher than the England average of 9,498.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 29,260 over the period, to 6,146,800 – although the latest figure does not include the number of new cases in Wales due to a technical issue reported by Public Health Wales.

However, there were no new coronavirus deaths recorded in the latest 24-hour period in Sandwell.

The dashboard shows 1,024 people had died in the area by August 11 (Wednesday) – which was unchanged from Tuesday.

It means there have been four deaths in the past week, which is a decrease on five the previous week.

They were among 13,769 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 Sandwell.

Daily death counts are revised each day, with each case backdated to the actual date of death, so some areas might see their figures revised down.

The figures also show that three in five people in Sandwell have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The latest figures show 167,540 people had received both jabs by August 10 (Tuesday) – 60% of those aged 18 and over, based on the number of people on the National Immunisation Management Service database.

Across England, 75% of people aged 18 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.