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Covid Infection Rates Continue to Rise Sharply Across Surrey

Published on: 14 Jul, 2021
Updated on: 18 Jul, 2021

By Martin Giles

Infection rates continue to rise quickly throughout Surrey and an increase in related hospital admissions is now also being observed.

It is reported that the “Indian” or “delta” variant is the cause of the current wave of infection. Many of the infections are said to be in the younger age groups.

In the week ending July 12 there were 2,542 new infections recorded in the county of which 276 were in Guildford borough. Within the borough, 10 areas saw increases and eight decreases or no change.

Surrey hospital admissions have increased sharply to 55 for the week ending July 4. There were 19 the week before. But the numbers are still much lower than seen in previous “waves”.

It is not currently possible to see how many of the hospital admissions are of those unvaccinated.

There were no Covid associated deaths reported in the borough. It is hoped that this is due to the efficacy of the vaccination programme but there are usually time lags between infections and admissions and admissions and deaths.

The rate of vaccination continues to slow. The total number of 1st and 2nd vaccinations given for the week reported on July 8  was 37,347. This is the lowest on record since April.

On Monday the government announced that they were continuing with their plan to relax further Covid restrictions on Monday (July 19).

An Office for National Statistics survey has shown that while research indicates that the chance of catching coronavirus from a single infected surface is less than 1 in 10,000 the top priority for those returning to their usual place of work, is enhanced cleaning, despite evidence showing that coronavirus is primarily an airborne disease.

See also: Local Covid-19 Stats

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