No new lab-confirmed coronavirus cases in Coventry in 24 hours

Only four new lab-confirmed cases were reported across the entire West Midlands region.

No new lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported in Coventry by Public Health England (PHE) in a 24-hour period.

From 4:05 pm on 7 June to 4:23 pm on 8 June, no new lab-confirmed cases were reported in the city.

While the low figure is likely to fluctuate in the coming days and could be down to delayed lab reporting over the weekend, it is nevertheless a good sign of a downward trend.

The infection rate per 100,000 of the resident population in Coventry sits at 223.3 as of 8 June, significantly lower than the regional average rate of 279.1 in the West Midlands.

Comparable to our neighbours, Birmingham sits at 286.4 and Warwickshire at 264.4.

Across the entire West Midlands region in the same period, only four new lab-confirmed cases were reported.

The positive news comes as the Government continues to relax and adjust its coronavirus measures this week, most notably with the introduction of a 14-day travel quarantine.

People arriving in the UK from abroad will now have to self-isolate for 14 days under the new rules.

It means most British people will be deterred from international holidays this summer.

Lorry drivers, medical officials and farmworkers are among those exempt from the new requirement for international travellers.

Though some in the Coventry business community have voiced concern that the new rules could cause disruption as the economy gets moving again.

Ajay Desai, international trade director at the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “To get our economy moving again, overseas trade is going to be crucial so a solution needs to be found that supports international trade but also puts health and safety as its number
one priority.”

The new measures also coincide with the return of some passenger flights at Birmingham Airport.

Keep up-to-date with the number of lab-confirmed coronavirus cases in Coventry using our coronavirus case tracker.