New COVID-19 cases in Cherwell District but none Banbury town for 10 weeks


Since the start of the pandemic there have been 790 confirmed cases in the Cherwell District.

Latest figures show there were 13 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Cherwell District in the last 7 days, but none were from Banbury and the surrounding villages.  Data shows that during the last rolling week 7 infections were identified in Caversfield, 3 in Bicester and a further 3 in Kidlington.

As lock down was eased earlier in the summer, measures were put into place by shops, organisations and official bodies to minimise the risk of the virus spreading. Social distancing, the wearing of face masks and regular hand washing / sanitising became part of life for local people. The hard work could be one indicator as to why it is now at least 10 weeks since the last officially recorded new case in town.

Meanwhile in the surrounding villages the most recent confirmed COVID-19 cases were recorded back in May and June in Cropredy, Wroxton, Shennington, Bodicote, Adderbury, Bloxham, Deddington, Steeple Aston and the Heyfords during May and June.   However, 4 infections were recorded in the Sibford, Hook Norton and Milcombe area during August.

Since the start of the pandemic there have been 790 confirmed cases in the Cherwell District.   The largest growth in infections came between April and June when the infection rate rose from 65 to 637.

Our area currently has an infection rate of 522.2 per 100,000 people.   This places the Cherwell District 154th out of 380 local authority areas in terms of the scale of local cases.   The infection rate in Oxford and West Oxfordshire is worse – 716.9 per 100,000 people in Oxford (58th) and 541.4 per 100,000 people in West Oxfordshire (138th).   However, it is better in South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse – 477.3 per 100,000 in South Oxfordshire (187th) and 416.9 per 100,000 in Vale of White Horse (247th).

Across the UK Leicester, Oldham and Blackburn with Darwen remain the areas with the highest rates of infection.

Cherwell District Council says, “Cherwell district is now on yellow alert status for the number of coronavirus cases in our area. To stop the virus spreading we must all: keep our distance, observe the rule of six, wash our hands and wear a face covering”.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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