Coventry had 64 new coronavirus cases on 23 September – the highest daily total reported since the pandemic began.
Coventry reported 64 new coronavirus cases yesterday – the highest daily total since the pandemic began.
The number surpassed the previous record of 36 new cases on 1 May.
Despite the record daily case numbers, the uptake does not necessarily indicate Coventry being in a worse situation than it was at the start of the pandemic.
It is thought that more cases are being detected now than at the start of the outbreak due to increased testing of the population.
Consistent community testing did not begin until May meaning the likely higher case numbers present in the city at the start of the pandemic were not recorded in the official statistics.
The new cases take the city’s cumulative total to 2,161 positive cases of coronavirus.
The number of patients being admitted to hospital with coronavirus remains low across the Midlands region – a seven-day average of 37 people are being admitted per day as of 18 September.
This compares favourably to April which saw 776 admissions in a single day in the Midlands alone.
As of 23 September, a total of 272 people were hospitalised across the entire Midlands region, with 49 of those being on mechanical ventilation beds.
The same day saw four people sadly die within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus in the Midlands.
The risk of Coventry going into a local lockdown is now an increased possibility, though still uncertain relative to neighbouring Birmingham which saw a much higher 381 positive cases yesterday.
The rise in cases follows a stark warning from the Prime Minister on Tuesday as he addressed the nation to announce new restrictions in England.
A curfew for pubs and restaurants was introduced, plus further face masks restrictions and the encouragement of people to work from home if possible.
“Never in our history has our collective destiny and our collective health depended so completely on our individual behaviour”, Boris Johnson told the nation.
The news comes as England’s contract tracing app launches nationally today (24 September).
The app uses Bluetooth to track who users cross paths with, sending a notification if someone they’ve been in close proximity to later tests positive for COVID-19.
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