COVID-19 Dashboard

Most COVID restrictions have been lifted, but we are urged to continue protecting ourselves and others

This page has all the latest information on the situation in the Banbury FM area.   Below the details of the current rules you will find the latest graphs showing the infection rates around our area.

We have answered some questions on the information here at the bottom of the page.   If you have a question please email news@banburyfm.com.




If you think you might need a test for COVID-19 follow the instructions on this website.

Although most legal restrictions have been lifted and many people have been vaccinated, it is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated. We are still in the third wave of the pandemic in the UK.

COVID-19 will be a feature of our lives for the foreseeable future, so we need to learn to live with it and manage the risk to ourselves and others.

Most legal restrictions to control COVID-19 have been lifted at step 4. This means that:

  • You do not need to stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with. There are also no limits on the number of people you can meet.
  • However, in order to minimise risk at a time of high prevalence, you should limit the close contact you have with those you do not usually live with, and increase close contact gradually. This includes minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts.
  • You should meet outdoors where possible and let fresh air into homes or other enclosed spaces.
  • The Government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can. However, the Government expects and recommends a gradual return over the summer.
  • The requirement to wear face coverings in law has been lifted. However, the Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.
  • There are no longer limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, civil partnerships, funerals and other life events (including receptions and celebrations). There is no requirement for table service at life events, or restrictions on singing or dancing. You should follow guidance for weddings and funerals to reduce risk and protect yourself and others.
  • There are no longer restrictions on group sizes for attending communal worship. COVID-19 has not gone away, so it’s important to remember the actions you can take to keep yourself and others safe. Everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious.


COVID-19 infection rates in the Banbury FM area:

This graph shows the infection rates in the Banbury FM area over time.   It includes Banbury and its surrounding villages, Brackley, Kings Sutton, Greatworth, Evenley, Middleton Cheney and Chipping Warden.

This data runs up to 17/09/21.



Infections in your area

The following graphs show the number of COVID-19 infections in each area of North Oxfordshire and neighbouring areas of South Northants over a number of weeks.

Each graph uses the official government data for the total number of infections per week – the number of people with a lab-confirmed positive test result.   Please note that areas with infections under 3 people are now officially suppressed to protect the identities of the individuals concerned.

The graphs contain the most recent data which includes all cases up to 17/09/21.


Q & A

Your graphs show no infections in an area but the school is closed because the teachers have infections.

The teachers will be recorded in the figures for where they live, not where they work.   The Infections In Your Area graphs are full week data up to the date shown.   Recent infections after this date will not yet be shown but will be added when the full week data is released by the government.

We can’t understand your 7-day figures as some days they are going up and the next they are lower.

The seven day chart shows the number of new infections for the last seven days only.   The window it views moves on each day.   So if 5 people were recorded on day 1, in seven days time that data falls outside the seven day window and therefore it is taken out.   We all hope to see this graph have less entries every day as that means the number of new infections is falling.

The graphs don’t look like things are getting worse, so what’s the problem.

Please remember the graphs show NEW cases.   These are not cumulative graphs.   New cases are not good.   We should aim for no cases.

You are making things look worse by adding several villages together.

The official data is released in electoral wards and that is how we report it.   If you visit the Cherwell District Council website you will see that, for example, Adderbury, Bodicote and Bloxham is one ward.   Conversely Banbury is split into several wards.   This is due in part to the number of people living in an area.

Since when has Brackley been in North Oxfordshire.

It isn’t.   We were asked to add information for the areas in South Northamptonshire that are our nearest neighbours.   People in Middleton Cheeney will probably visit Banbury and interact with the community here.   In broadcast terms Ofcom notes “Banbury and Brackley” as one area.   When we quote Cherwell figures the data from South Northants isn’t included.

Where does this information come from.

We receive the data presented above from the official government daily feed.


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