STRATFORD district continues to yo-yo its way up and down Warwickshire’s Covid rates dashboard – as this week it is back at the top of the table.
After recording the lowest rate for the whole of the county just last week, the district has climbed back up the Coventry and Warwickshire dashboard to first place, with a rate of 223.68 per 100,000 people as of the seven days up to July 19.
This not only means it has the highest rate for the county, but also the third highest rate for the whole of the West Midlands.
This rate is actually lower than that recorded on July 12 when it stood at 245.97 but with Covid rates falling across the whole of Coventry and Warwickshire, the district is simply not experiencing the same drop in rates as some of its neighbours.
Back in June, the Observer reported that Stratford district had the highest rate in the whole of the West Midlands. Data for the seven days up to June 21 showed the rate in the district stood at 228.29.
This week, Rugby is also in the top ten. As of the seven days up to July 19, the rate stood at 212.05 – this is the seventh highest in the West Midlands.
Elsewhere, Warwick district has seen its rate fall. On July 12, its rate was recorded at 290.78, but, as of the week leading up to July 19, it stood at 197.56.
Coventry has the lowest rate for Coventry and Warwickshire and one of the lowest in the West Midlands. On July 12, the rate stood at 250.05. The rate recorded in the city as of July 19 stood at 179.53.
Last month Katie Spence, deputy director at UK Health and Security Agency (UKHSA) West Midlands, told the Observer it was not the time to become complacent as the virus had not gone away.
She continued: “We are fortunate that so far the rise in cases has not led to a significant increase in hospital admissions or deaths and this is down to the efficacy of the vaccine and the incredible efforts of people across the country getting vaccinated.
“We’ve learned so much in the last two years but as we move to living with Covid on a long-term basis, every one of us needs to remain vigilant, take precautions, and ensure that we’re up to date with our Covid-19 vaccinations.
“Let’s enjoy the summer and our regained freedoms but keep in mind that Covid-19 hasn’t gone away and we all need to do our bit to live safely”.