By KLTV Newsdesk –
Infection rates in Kirklees have fallen for the second week in a row over the past week in line with the rest of the country.
Cases and Hospitalisations
In the last seven days, there were 4,783 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Kirklees. The current rate of infection is 1,068 per 100,000 people, which represents a 7% decrease over the previous period.
The number of people admitted to local hospitals in the same time period was 68, down significantly from 105 last week.
Sadly, the number of deaths rose slightly compared to last week, with seven people admitted to local hospitals dying as a result of the virus.
Overall rates are the 51st highest in the country and do remain above the national average.
As of the time of writing, over 321,000 have received their first dose of the vaccine, and over 298,000 have received their second dose.
Additionally, over 218,000 residents have taken a third dose of the vaccine as a booster.
At a national level, 52,331,601 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and roughly 84 per cent of the population have received their second.
Residents can book their vaccine by appointment or visit one of the various walk-in clinics across Kirklees.
Earlier this month, several restrictions came into effect in England in order to help reduce the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.
This included encouragement to work from home and requirements of face coverings in schools and public places.
As of the time of writing, the majority of those restrictions have now been lifted.
People are now no longer be required to wear a face covering, including in communal areas of schools, however, the government suggests people continue to wear one in crowded and indoor spaces where they may come into contact with people they do not normally meet.
Additionally, there is no longer any requirement to show an NHS COVID Pass at venues and events by law.
‘Get Your Booster’
In a statement speaking on the latest figures, Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Strategic Director for Public Health at Kirklees Council, said: “Even though we have seen a change in restrictions, it is still important to get your booster if you haven’t had one yet.
“And it’s not too late to book your first or second vaccine either. Just log on to the NHS website or call 119 to make your appointment. Or visit the council’s vaccination web page to find details of your nearest vaccine walk-in clinic.”
“The best thing you can do to support our health service is to get vaccinated and boosted. Vaccines are highly effective at protecting us from serious illness and needing hospital treatment. At a time when so many NHS staff are isolating due to Covid-19, you can play your part in protecting the NHS by booking your jab today.
“Getting tested regularly, wearing a mask in crowded indoor spaces and ventilating when mixing indoors are still important as well as remembering to consider our more vulnerable residents.”