Ahead of step 4 COVID cases were rising
Pandemic third wave visible in data ahead of latest rule changes
The latest COVID figures up to the end of last week – ahead of the latest relaxation of rules – shows that the number of infections were growing in the Banbury FM area.
Over the last four weeks the number of local cases have risen from 44 in the week ending on June 25 to 282 cases in the week ending last Friday.
The figures reveal the position before the latest relaxation of rules on so called “freedom day” on Monday.
The latest government advice says: “Although most legal restrictions have been lifted at step 4, and many people have been vaccinated, it is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated, and we are still in the third wave of this 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.”
In the Cherwell District the infection rate on May 28 was 8.6 per 100,000 people. At the end of last week it was 318.9 cases per 100,000 people.
You can see the latest data for your area on our COVID-19 Dashboard.