LOCAL UPDATE: Rising coronavirus infection rates in 3 parts of West Midlands & 16 year-old boy in hospital after stabbing in Walsall street
There have been concerning rises in coronavirus infection rates in three areas in the West Midlands.
Redditch, Tamworth and North Warwickshire are among the five parts of the UK who have the fastest rising rates. North Warwickshire has gone from 170.1 infections per a hundred thousand people to 234.3, Tamworth from 196.9 to 246.4 and Redditch from 184.1 to 233.4.
Next, a sixteen year old boy is in a critical condition after being stabbed in the stomach in a street in Walsall. Two air ambulances were called to the scene in Caldmore Road at around 3:30pm on Wednesday. The teenager's injuries are not believed to be life threatening. Police are appealing for anyone with any information to come forward.
Finally, the number of rough sleepers in Birmingham has fallen by two-thirds since the pandemic began. The number of people sleeping outdoors fell from 91 in November 2019 to 17 in November 2020 after a council initiative to place every rough sleeper in a Covid nineteen hostel or hotel.
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