COVID-19 cases were generally down in Worcestershire, latest figures show, but Worcester has seen another rise.

The latest Public Health England (PHE) figures show Worcester had, during the week up to September 18, an infection rate of 22.7 cases per 100,000 people, up from 18.8 the week before.

The PHE figures are based on tests that have been carried out both in laboratories and in the wider community, and provide the data for each local authority area.

Wychavon was at 9.3, down from 24.7, Redditch was down to 11.7 from 12.9, Bromsgrove dropped to 18 down from 34 and Malvern Hills dropped to 12.7 from 30.5.

But Wyre Forest saw a rise to 23.7, up from 18.8.

It should be noted that areas have typically entered local lockdowns when cases were around 70 and higher.

And last week Dr. Kathryn Cobain, the Director for Public Health in Worcestershire said: “We should not let the current low positive figures for the county, fool us into thinking Covid-19 is on the decline.

“The figures are not a true picture as residents with symptoms are not being tested.”

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Meanwhile there were no coronavirus related deaths in the entire county in the latest week for which data has been made available.

The latest Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures show there were no Covid-19 deaths of any county residents in any settings including hospital, care homes, a hospice, community establishment and elsewhere in the week ending September 11.

This means that ONS data shows that in total 530 Worcestershire people, classed as having Covid-19, had died up to that date.

They include:

134 Bromsgrove residents; 75 in hospital, 54 in a care home, four elsewhere and one in a communal establishment.

115 Wyre Forest residents; 65 in hospital, 39 in a care home, nine at home and two in a communal establishment.

111 Wychavon residents; 50 in hospital, 49 in a care home, five at home, four in a communal establishment, two in a hospice and one elsewhere.

63 people from Worcester; 29 in hospital, 27 in a care home, four at home, two in a communal establishment and one in a hospice.

60 people from Redditch; 49 in hospital, eight in a care home, two at home, and one in a communal establishment.

47 people from Malvern; 24 in hospital, 20 in a care home, two at home and one in a communal establishment.