THE number of new coronavirus cases recorded in Malvern Hills fell by almost a fifth in a week according to the latest figures.

Public Health England said 125 cases were recorded across Malvern Hills in the week up to September 17 – a fall of just under 20 per cent.

A total of 1,443 new coronavirus cases were recorded in Worcestershire in the same week – a drop of 12 per cent compared to the week before.

Cases fell by 21 per cent in Worcester in the week to 191 and cases fell by 12 per cent in Wychavon, which includes Evesham, Pershore and Droitwich to 275.

NHS England figures show a total of 40 people were in hospital with Covid in Worcestershire on September 12 – the latest day available – including three people in intensive care.

Three people were also in the care of Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust on the same day.

NHS data shows that 424,469 people in Worcestershire have now been vaccinated against coronavirus having received two jabs – around 81 per cent of the population.

A total of 452,537 people have received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine – just over 84 per cent of the county’s population.

Vaccine uptake is higher in Malvern Hills when compared to the county as a whole with 85 per cent of people across the district receiving two Covid jabs – a total of 59,730 people.

As of September 21, as many as 63,011 people in Malvern Hills have received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine – just under 90 per cent of people.

This week, healthy teenagers have started to receive Covid jabs as part of a drive to get more people protected ahead of winter.

Children aged between 12 and 15-years-old will be offered a single dose of Pfizer with the aim of significantly reducing the chance of a young person getting Covid-19 and passing the virus on.

The vaccine rollout will largely be delivered within schools and parental consent will not be needed if a child is considered competent to make a decision by themselves.