525 further coronavirus cases and seven more deaths recorded in Sandwell

The number of coronavirus cases in Sandwell increased by 525 over the bank holiday weekend, official figures show – and seven 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 Sandwell increased by 525 over the bank holiday weekend, official figures show – and seven more deaths were recorded.

A total of 46,281 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 in Sandwell when the UK coronavirus daily dashboard was updated on August 31 (Tuesday), up from 45,756 on Friday.

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The rate of infection in Sandwell now stands at 14,065 cases per 100,000 people, far higher than the England average of 10,398.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 123,182 over the period, to 6,789,581.

There were also seven more coronavirus deaths recorded over the bank holiday weekend in Sandwell.

The dashboard shows 1,044 people had died in the area by August 31 (Tuesday) – up from 1,037 on Friday.

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

They were among 13,992 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.

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

The latest figures show 180,335 people had received both jabs by August 30 (Monday) – 64% of those aged 18 and over, based on the number of people on the National Immunisation Management Service database.

Across England, 78% of people aged 16 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.