By KLTV Newsdesk –
Kirklees’ Covid-19 infection rate has reduced by over 15 per cent alongside hospitalisations and deaths as the number of people having received their first dose of the vaccine passes 300,000.
Cases and Hospitalisations
Over the past seven days, the infection rate has been reduced by 16 per cent and now stands at 333 per 100,000 people.
This is the 93rd highest rate in the country and is below the national average.
In the same period, the number of hospitalisation due to the virus was 35, down from 42 in the previous week.
Sadly, there were eight deaths related to Covid-19 in local hospitals, this too is lower than the last seven days.
At the time of writing, over 302,000 people have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, with 274,000 of those having received their second.
Anyone of the age of 16 can now book a vaccine appointment online using the NHS national booking system.
Parents and carers can now use this service to book a vaccine appointment for their 12 to 15-year-olds.
Alternatively, there are several walk-in vaccination clinics where you can get your jab without having to book. Use the NHS site finder to find your nearest locations.
At a national level, between the 9th and 15th of November, 269,802 people tested positive for Covid-19, an increase of 12.5 per cent.
As of the time of writing, 50,582504 people have received their first dose of the vaccine, with 46,027,909 having received their second; and uptake of over 90 per cent.
Speaking on the latest figures, Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Strategic Director for Public Health at Kirklees Council, said: “It’s positive news that new Covid-19 infections have reduced over the past week. But our rates remain high and winter is a time when infections like Covid-19 can spread more easily.
“That’s why I’m asking everyone to enjoy winter safely. When it’s your turn, the best thing you can do to keep safe is to get your booster jab.
“If you’re over 50 and it’s been more than five months since your last jab, you can book your booster today.”