Swindon: now highest rate of covid-19 in the region

By Jamie Hill - 27 February 2021

Health

As of yesterday (26 February), Swindon unfortunately has the highest rate of COVID-19 in the South West region.

The case rate exceeds both the regional and national average. The main reason for this is likely to be mixing between households and non-compliance with rules.

Swindon’s seven-day rolling average case rate has increased to 123.8 per 100k - up from 91 per 100k last Friday (19 Feb), compared to an average across the South West of 66.0 per 100k and the England average of 111.8 per 100k.

As of yesterday (26 February), Swindon has seen 275 new COVID-19 cases in the last seven days, up from 203 new cases last Friday (19 February).

Swindon's Director of Public Health Steve Maddern said: "So while the Government set out a roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions this week, we first need to shift the car out of reverse.

"The increase in Swindon’s case rate show how fragile our hard-won progress is.

"The UK-wide COVID-19 Alert Level is moving from Level 5 to Level 4. This means that cases, hospital pressures and deaths remain high, but the threat of health services being overwhelmed within 21 days has decreased.

"Seeing the people you love and getting back to the things you miss can only happen if we see this through. England is still in a national lockdown. We must stay at home, leaving only where permitted by law, and follow the rules to protect you and others.

"Swindon: It's up to all of us to make this lockdown our last."

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