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MetiNews.Com - Worcestershire's Director of Public Health Dr Kathryn Cobain means problems with the NHS test and trace system have led to fewer Covid-19 tests and lower positives

Birmingham news Lack of Covid testing means low numbers 'are not true reflection' MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - Worcestershire's Director of Public Health Dr Kathryn Cobain means problems with the NHS test and trace system have led to fewer Covid-19 tests and lower positives

Birmingham news  Lack of Covid testing means low numbers 'are not true reflection' MetiNews.Com
16 September 2020 - 16:16

Breaking News ! A lack of coronavirus testing in Worcestershire means the published Covid-19 cases figure is ‘not a true reflection’ of the county’s position. Worcestershire saw confirmed positive coronavirus cases treble in a week up until this time last week – but the latest published data appear to show the position easing. However, the county’s Director of Public Health Dr Kathryn Cobain has cautioned against that conclusion and said Worcestershire residents are caught up with the same problems around the country with the NHS’s Test and Trace system. (Image: Getty Images) A spokeswoman for Worcestershire County Council said: “In Worcestershire, like other parts of the country, residents are facing difficulties getting a test for Covid-19. “As a result, our residents are not being tested on the large scale we have seen in previously weeks. “This is having an impact on the published daily figures of Covid-19 cases in the county. “Numbers of new cases appear low, but this is not a true reflection of the situation in Worcestershire.” Read More Related Articles Two more county schools report pupils absent due to Covid fears Read More Related Articles Coronavirus rates nearly triple in week prompting restrictions In the four-day period from September 5 to 9 some 111 cases were recorded in the county, but in the next four days from September 10 to 13, just 17 positive Covid-19 cases are recorded. Even accounting for the usual delay in reporting positive cases – the huge drop in numbers is misleading public health officials have confirmed. Dr Cobain said: “We should not let the current low positive figures for the county, fool us into thinking Covid-19 is on the decline.

. Read More Related Articles Four new Covid-19 testing centres to open as county cases rise Read More Related Articles Visitors to community hospitals and more care homes now suspended “Now is not the time to be complacent or to think the virus has gone away. It is still with us, in our communities and as we go about our daily lives. “If you have a symptom of Covid-19, it is really important that you keep trying to book a test, and that you stay at home and do not mix with other people. “ Some four new walk-through Covid testing centres in Worcestershire are in the pipeline for Bromsgrove, Kidderminster, Redditch and Worcester, in addition to the county’s drive-through testing facility at Worcester Warrior’s Sixways Stadium. Care home visits have been banned in half the county while hospital visits have been stopped, accept for limited exceptions across the whole of Worcestershire. With some eight schools in the county affected by Covid concerns. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in8Cancel Play now The authority said test slots do become available online as the system is updated, and anyone with a symptom of Covid-19 should continue totry to book a test. Anyone needing to book a test should visit the NHS Test and Trace booking site or call 119. Anyone wanting the latest information and updates on Covid-19 in Worcestershire can visit the county council's website here.

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Birmingham news Lack of Covid testing means low numbers 'are not true reflection' MetiNews.Com


Birmingham news Lack of Covid testing means low numbers 'are not true reflection' MetiNews.Com


Birmingham news Lack of Covid testing means low numbers 'are not true reflection' MetiNews.Com


Birmingham news Lack of Covid testing means low numbers 'are not true reflection' MetiNews.Com

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