There are a handful of Birmingham neighbourhoods which have managed to keep Covid ‘suppressed’ amid a surge in cases across the city.
The rise of the Delta variant has led to a raft of new measures in Birmingham, with visitors planning to come into the city to shop, meet friends or party being asked to ‘stay away’ for a month.
Seven parts of the West Midlands meanwhile have seen their infection rates rise above 200 per 100,000 people in recent days.
There are also now dozens of parts of the region, mostly in Birmingham, where rates are above 100 – when there were none a month ago.
However, there are a handful of areas in the city which are bucking the trend and keeping the number of new cases at or near zero.
Public Health England’s (PHE) interactive map shows there are 10 postcodes within Birmingham where there were three or fewer cases in the week to June 13.
According to PHE, it means Covid can be considered ‘suppressed’ in the following areas:
- Harborne West
- Quinton Ridgacre
- Woodgate Valley
- Lyndon South
- Brandwood East
- Druids Heath
- King’s Norton
- Northfield Victoria Common
- Longbridge North
The West Midlands mayor recently issued a warning to the entire region after the surge of cases in Birmingham.
Andy Street said: “Unfortunately, we are seeing a deteriorating coronavirus position across the West Midlands, primarily driven by the Delta variant.
“Over the past week the number of cases across the West Midlands Combined Authority area has increased by 96 per cent and we are also now beginning to see this rise reflected in hospital admissions.
“The situation is currently most challenging in Birmingham, where the city council has requested extra support from the Government.”
Despite the rise in cases, Birmingham recorded zero Covid deaths for the fourth day running on Friday (June 18).