Infection rates continuing to rise in line with rest of country

Kirklees’ Covid-19 infection rate has increased by 36 per cent over the last week in line with a trend being seen across the country. Hospital admissions remain relatively low, but have increased over the last week – with numbers now highest amongst the 20-39 age group.

With all Covid-19 restrictions due to lift on Monday 19 July, we’re urging everyone to remain cautious as infection rates are currently high in our communities and to take the vaccine.

With 361 people per 100,000 in Kirklees testing positive for Covid-19 over the last seven days, the borough’s infection rate has increased by 36 per cent since last week. The national average is 350 people per 100,000.

There were zero deaths in local hospitals related to Covid-19. However, there were 17 people admitted to those hospitals in that time, which has increased from 5 the previous week. Covid-19 admissions have increased, particularly in the 20-39 age group.

Thanks to your fantastic response, we already have positive levels of vaccine uptake in Kirklees with 277,000 local people having had their first dose and 223,000 of those have received their second. We’re urging anyone aged 18 and over in Kirklees to book their vaccination now.

A number of temporary pop-up vaccination clinics have been opening across Kirklees for anyone aged 18 or over, initially targeting areas that have lowest take up of the vaccine, higher rates of infection and a population at greater risk of serious illness.

Read more about how you can get tested twice a week if you don’t have symptoms.

Go to getting a PCR test if you have symptoms if you require a test because you have symptoms.

 

Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Strategic Director for Public Health at Kirklees Council, said: “Covid-19 infection rates are currently very high across the country, including in Kirklees. Thankfully, we’re not seeing this impact on the number of Covid-19 deaths, but we have seen a rise in hospital admissions in the last week, particularly within the 20-39 age group.

“All restrictions are due to be lifted across England from Monday 19 July. After so many months of living within restrictions, I know that a lot of us want to enjoy the freedoms we’ve all missed for so long. It’s been a really difficult period for everyone and it is positive that we can see our lives return to some kind of normality.

“However, we have to remember that Covid-19 is currently spreading quickly in our communities so I’m urging everyone to continue to do everything you can to prevent the spread of the virus. Many people in our communities are vulnerable and the thought of restrictions lifting might be overwhelming, so we’re asking everyone to show kindness to others by giving people space, consider wearing a face covering in a crowded space or if asked, meet people outside if you can, continue to wash your hands regularly and let plenty of fresh air indoors. We all have the choice on what measures we continue to take to keep ourselves safe, but it’s also really important to think of others.

“Crucially, I’m also urging everyone over the age of 18 to get your vaccine now. By taking the vaccine you are protecting yourself and will also reduce your chances of passing Covid-19 on to someone who could become severely ill. Just because you’re young and healthy, there’s no guarantee Covid-19 won’t significantly impact your health and we have seen hospital admissions rise amongst younger age groups in the last week. The best way to protect yourself, whatever your age, is to take the vaccine.

“For effective and longer-lasting protection from Covid-19, you do need your second dose. It better protects you and others who might be more vulnerable to Covid-19.

“Getting a twice-weekly lateral flow test is a really effective way we can all prevent the spread of the virus. This is really important even if you have been vaccinated.

“Thank you all for playing your part.”

We’re urging anyone aged 18 and over in Kirklees to book their vaccination now.