Infection rates fall in Kirklees, death rates remain the same and hospital admissions increase

COVID 19 UPDATE

Kirklees’ Covid-19 infection rate has dropped by 17 per cent over the last week in line with the national trend, the number of deaths due to the virus is the same as last week but hospital admissions have increased again this week.

Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted, but infection rates remain high, so we’re encouraging people to be kind and do all they can to keep each other safe, particularly those who are vulnerable.

With 311 people per 100,000 in Kirklees testing positive for Covid-19 over the last seven days, the borough’s infection rate has dropped by 17 per cent since last week. This is now above the national average, which is 275 people per 100,000.

There were two more deaths in local hospitals related to Covid-19 over the last seven days and hospital admissions have increased on last week, with 46 people admitted to local hospitals in the last week – an increase from 38 the previous week.

Hospital admissions are still high amongst the 20-39 age group. We’re urging anyone aged 18 and over in Kirklees to book their vaccination now and to get both doses. This will significantly reduce your chance of becoming seriously ill with Covid-19

Thanks to your fantastic response, we already have positive levels of vaccine uptake in Kirklees with 280,000 local people having had their first dose and 240,000 of those have received their second.

A number of temporary pop-up vaccination clinics are available across Kirklees for anyone aged 18 or over, to make it easier for everyone to access the vaccine.

Why you should get tested regularly?

Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not experience any symptoms (asymptomatic) and may be spreading the virus without realising, even after having the vaccine. Rapid lateral flow testing detects cases quickly, meaning positive cases can isolate immediately.

By making rapid lateral flow testing available to everyone, more cases will be detected, breaking chains of transmission and saving lives.

Anyone can access free, rapid lateral flow tests for themselves and their families to use twice a week (every 3 to 4 days) to help stop the virus spreading.

Read more about how you can get a rapid lateral flow test twice a week if you don’t have symptoms.

If you do have symptoms get a PCR test and isolate immediately. The easiest way to get a PCR test at your nearest available testing centre is to book online. Find out more about PCR testing, how to book and what support is available for those who need to isolate.

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