65 further coronavirus cases in the Forest of Dean

By Forester Reporter   |   Reporter   |
Wednesday 23rd February 2022 5:03 pm
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The number of coronavirus cases in the Forest of Dean increased by 65 in the last 24 hours, official figures show.

A total of 19,200 cases had been confirmed in the Forest of Dean when the UK coronavirus daily dashboard was updated on February 22 (Tuesday), up from 19,135 on Monday.

The cumulative rate of infection in the Forest of Dean, which covers the whole pandemic, stands at 22,042 cases per 100,000 people, far lower than the England average of 28,149.

If one person tests positive for the virus more than 90 days after the first infection, two infection episodes will be recorded, according to the UK Health Security Agency.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 40,876 over the period, to 18,695,448.

People with a positive lateral flow test no longer need to take a follow-up PCR test to confirm the result unless they have coronavirus symptoms.

UK case numbers now include LFT results for England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

There were no new coronavirus deaths recorded in the latest 24-hour period in the Forest of Dean.

The dashboard shows 142 people had died in the area by February 22 (Tuesday) – which was unchanged from Monday.

It means there have been no deaths in the past week, which is a decrease on one the previous week.

They were among 9,085 deaths recorded across the South West.

The figures include anyone who died within 28 days of a positive test result for Covid-19, and whose usual residence was in the Forest of Dean.

Daily death counts are revised each day, with each case backdated to the actual date of death, so some areas might see their figures revised down.

The figures also show that three-quarters of people in the Forest of Dean have received a booster dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The latest figures show 57,380 people had received a booster or third dose by February 21 (Monday) – 73% of those aged 12 and over, based on the number of people on the National Immunisation Management Service database.

A total of 68,083 people (86%) had received two jabs by that date.

Across England, 66% of people aged 12 and above had received a booster.

Unlike at local level, the national rate was calculated using mid-2020 population estimates from the Office for National Statistics.

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