Coronavirus testing is being ramped up at schools in Lichfield after a rise in the number of positive cases.

Staffordshire County Council said the city was one of five areas being targeted by mobile testing units in a bid to identify students with Covid-19.

Rates across Staffordshire are now at 495 per 100,000 people – higher than the average in England and the West Midlands.

Cllr Johnny McMahon, said the virus was “spreading rapidly” through schools.

“We’re seeing the biggest rise in cases amongst the 11 to 18 age group, which is why we’ve arranged for mobile testing units to be at secondary schools in the county, particularly in the areas where we’ve seen the most cases.

“In the past when we have seen cases rise, we have found that testing is key to discover more cases, isolate these, and stop any further spread.

“I would also urge those pupils who aren’t having PCR tests to continue having twice-weekly LFT tests at home, as this is another way we can stop the spread.

“Schools and parents have been fantastic so far, and I am sure they will continue to do everything they can to help drive Covid-19 cases down in schools.”

Cllr Johnny McMahon, Staffordshire County Council

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  1. And the (vastly more mportant) death figures are what? In a natural herd immunity process, cases are good as long as deaths are low, surely?

  2. Booked a table at a Lichfield ‘gastropub’ yesterday. The website promised COVID checkin, distanced tables, open windows, all staff face-covered. None of this was true. Staff with no mask, tables crammed in, windows tight-shut, no Covid checks. Are we mad? Infection numbers amongst highest in the country. No surprise if this is how Lichfield behaves. We left.

  3. It should be remembered that the vaccines (no matter how many doses you have) do not give total immunity from Covid. It gives some protection to the severity you might get if you catch it. It is still possible to die or suffer long term complications in some cases. Just as important you can still transmit the infection to others.
    In brief, the vaccines give you some protection but all other factors are the same whether you are vaccinated or not. You still need to take precautions.
    As you are less likely to be hospitalised or severely ill then vaccination is a worthwhile precaution. I have had both mine and will have the booster later.

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