CONFIRMED coronavirus cases in Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull have risen sharply again in two days – as the region prepares to create a huge field hospital and a morgue.
A shortage of testing continues to be a factor in masking the vastly higher figures expected for those infected.
But the latest official figures revealed yesterday that Coventry’s confirmed cases have risen to 79, up from 47 two days previously. It includes the death of an 18-year-old at University Hospital in Walsgrave, Coventry.
Solihull cases jumped from 39 to 74 in those two days.
Warwickshire saw a smaller rise of 26 cases to 127.
Birmingham’s confirmed cases rose in two days from 366 to 513.
The Midlands region has 2824 confirmed
cases, up from 2090 in two days, the latest UK regional breakdown also shows.
The latest count for our region overall represents a reduced rate of increase in confirmed cases. As we have reported, they had previously been roughly doubling every two days.
The government’s website states: “As of 9am on 29 March 2020, a total of 127,737 people have been tested, of which 108,215 were confirmed negative and 19,522 were confirmed positive.
“As of 5pm on 28 March 2020, 1,228 patients in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have died.
“The figures for test results and for deaths are compiled from different sources. This is why the figures for deaths are reported from an earlier point in time than the figures for test results.”
There were 759 deaths two days previously.
As we have reported, the NEC will be the venue for the country’s second NHS Nightingale Hospital for 4000 beds, with morgues. A Birmingham Airport hangar will also host a huge mortuary.
Dramatic rises in confirmed cases and deaths are expected in the coming two weeks as in other European countries.