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Job Watch Ludlow – No change in unemployment in Ludlow is good news as we deal with the second Covid-19 wave

This is a good as it gets these days. Unemployment, as measured by claimants on Jobseekers and on Universal Credit who are seeking work, in Ludlow remained static between August and September. Our town had 410 claimants for Jobseekers or work related Universal Credit. The unemployment rate in Ludlow North, which includes the town centre remains stubbornly high at 8%. This probably a result of reduced employment in our pubs, bars and hotels.

Covid Watch – Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin moving towards Tier Two restrictions

Nothing cheerful to say here as the maps illustrate. Over the last month, the rate of detected Covid-19 cases in Shropshire has doubled. If the trend continues upwards, we could qualify Tier 2 (high alert) in a matter of days. Telford and Wrekin is going the same way. The main impact of Tier 2 will the ban on different households socialising indoors unless they are in the same support bubble. Overnight stays with a friend you don’t live with will also be outlawed. The timing is uncertain but a move to Tier 2 looks as inevitable as it is unwelcome.

Covid Watch – Government restrictions to control coronavirus leaves England in tiers but no local impact on Ludlow and Shropshire

The government is to introduce a three tier scheme for controlling the spread of coronavirus. Despite some reports on local media yesterday morning, Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin are at the lowest tier, the medium alert level. That means no change to restrictions from now. The rule of six will still apply and pubs will close at 10pm as now. During the last few weeks, the infection rate in the Shropshire unitary area has grown from 14 cases to 66 cases per 100,000 people over seven days. If the rate continues to increase in the next few weeks, we are likely to be pushed into the second tier, high alert level. That will outlaw all mixing indoors between different households or support bubbles, Outdoors, in public spaces and private gardens the rule of six will apply. Although people are getting tired of restrictions, we need to continue to take care.

Covid Watch – graphs show national, regional and local rises in cases

Yesterday evening, I published the latest data for positive Covid-19 cases in Ludlow and the county. The rising number of cases is a disturbing trend but hereabouts there is no need to panic. The increase was long expected. We don’t need to change what we do. Just do it more carefully. I thought it might be useful to publish a set of graphs that demonstrate the trends in cases for Ludlow, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, the West Midlands and England.

Covid Watch – cases rise sharply across the county and new cases here in Ludlow

The message from this afternoon’s data release from National Health England is that we must be careful here in Shropshire but there is no reason to panic. The data have been published as we expect more localised lockdowns, especially in the north of England and the central belt of Scotland. Wales already has many lockdowns. The upwards trend in cases in Shropshire started three weeks ago during Week 38. The essential data for Ludlow is that there have been 12 positive tests during that period. In the previous three weeks, there were no reported positive tests. Across Shropshire there were 343 positive tests, well up from the 35 positives in the prior three weeks. In Telford and Wrekin there were 172 positives – compared to just 29 in the three weeks before.

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