Coventry’s Covid-19 infection rate has fallen again.
The latest drop comes following a short-lived rise and as the city prepares to enter the toughest Tier 3 restrictions as part of local measures to keep the virus under control.
The national lockdown ends tomorrow (December 2) bringing with it new restrictions which will be reviewed on December 16.
Whether Coventry’s Tier is lowered at that time will be dependant on infections rates, the speed of any rise or fall in rates, the ability of the NHS to cope and infection rates among older residents.
Due to a delay in reporting, the latest available data from the Public Health England and the Department of Health on the Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull dashboard shows that coronavirus cases and the rate has dropped back down.
In the seven days to November 26, the city’s rate was 188.15 per 100,000 people – a fall from the increase reported for the previous day.
In those seven says to November 26, 699 new cases were confirmed in the city. However, of those 172 were in the 60+ age group, an infection rate of 261.8 in that age group for that time period.
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According to the Government’s daily tracker there were 86 new confirmed cases in the city yesterday (November 30).
That took the total in the seven days between November 24 and 30 to 710, a slight rise of six cases compared to the seven days between November 17 and 23.
The reduction in the city’s rate comes as concerns about the impact of Tier 3 restrictions continues continue.
Tier 3 restrictions are a “disaster” for pubs in Coventry and Warwickshire, the local branch of the Campaign for Real Ale has said.
It is a concern shared by Mayor Andy Street, who has written to Chancellor Rishi Sunak calling for increased grant support, VAT cuts and other measures to help businesses facing a “crippling blow” across the Midlands, including Coventry.
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