Kovid cases and hospital admissions increase in Birmingham, but death plateaus

While coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continue to rise in Birmingham, the number of deaths from the disease has plummeted.

In the latest weekly figures, the number of positive Covid cases in the city and those admitted to University Hospital Birmingham Trust sites has increased by 17 per cent, but deaths and people living in intensive care units with illness are down.

In the latest public health coronavirus weekly update released by the city council, it confirmed there were 18,258 cases, the majority of which are now Omicron editions, in the week to January 6.

read more : Covid hospital patients still rising in the Midlands – but new figures offer hope

Compared to 15,568 Covid cases in the week to December 31st – an increase of 17.3 per cent.

And those COVID cases were reflected in a similar increase in the number of patients with COVID at the city’s UHB Trust – Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Sutton Coldfield, Heartlands Hospital and Good Hope Hospital.

As of 2.30 pm on January 11, the trust now has 451 Covid positive patients, up from 384 a week ago.

Both figures have increased significantly since the day before Christmas, with Birmingham reporting more than three times as many cases as the 5,606 Covid cases in the week of 16 December.

Latest coronavirus cases with Public Health England data shows Birmingham swamped in Burgundy and Black with Covid cases above 800 per 100k in almost all regions

Whereas from 184 on December 20 in UHB hospitals, it has now increased by about two and a half times to 451.

But the numbers in intensive care and the number of those most seriously ill with Covid remain at consistent levels. UHB now has 20 people in intensive care, compared to 25 a week ago and 20 on December 20.

The city’s coronavirus weekly update also confirmed that overall Covid hospital admissions were 647 in the week to January 9, up 568 or 13 per cent from the week before.

But it said admissions are “significantly lower” than the first wave weekly peak of 1,427 admissions in April 2020 and 1,211 weekly admissions in the January 2021 wave.

read more : Areas with lowest jab rate, as city’s Covid infection rate turns ‘black’

And the death toll in Birmingham has remained at a steady level, with 16 people dying within 28 days of testing positive on 8 January, the same as the week before. There were 13 deaths in the week leading up to December 18 before Christmas.

The Public Health Coronavirus Weekly Update confirmed that the 10 hardest-hit wards for positive COVID cases were spread across the city, not just Sutton Coldfield in the north.

The wards with the highest case rates per 100,000 people in the week to January 6 were Frankley Great Park (2407 per 100k), Kings Norton South (2319), Castle Vale (2280), Bartley Green (2192), Yardley East (2137). , Kings Norton North (2113), Garrett Green (2089), Druids Heath and Monyhull (2075), Northfield (2064) and Sutton Trinity (2060).

Birmingham’s overall rate was 1600.6 cases per 100,000 people on January 6, 117. th Highest of 149 upper tier authorities with Stockton-on-Tees in the North East, highest at 3,091.9 per 100k and Isle of Wight lowest at 938.2 cases per 100k.

In the week to January 6, COVID cases increased across all age groups, with the biggest jump, a 72 percent increase in 0 to 19s, a small 15.5 percent increase from 40 to 59, and a 9.7 percent increase in 60 to 79 . The age group with the highest number of cases in the first week of the new year was 20 to 39 years old with 40.6 percent.

More than a third of those over the age of 16 who are eligible for the two vaccines have not yet received them. Some 69 percent have had one jab, 64.1 percent have two, and 41.4 percent have had a booster.

Get the latest from the region with our Birmingham News email updates

,