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  1. Coronavirus infection rates continue to fall

    Infections have "continued to decrease" across the UK in the week to 19 February, the latest figures from the ONS infection survey suggest.

    Vaccination rate

    In the West Midlands, one in 140 people are estimated to be testing positive for coronavirus in the period.

    At England level, one in 145 people are estimated to be testing positive for the coronavirus compared with one in 115 last week.

    About 97% of people aged over 70 in the region have received a Covid-19 vaccine but there is concern that take-up is lower among some ethnic minority groups and people who live in poorer neighbourhoods.

    You can follow live coronavirus updates here.

  2. Weather: Sunshine and clear skies

    BBC Weather

    We're forecast sunshine and clear skies today, with a very light breeze.

    Temperatures could rise to about 11C (52F) and we'll have a clear, mild night too.

    You can read more about the forecast on the BBC Weather page.

    Moon over Dawley
  3. Warning over online puppy sale fraudsters

    Officers in Staffordshire are warning people to be wary of online fraudsters claiming to be selling puppies and dogs after a rise in incidents over the past week.

    Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree are two places involved in a number of the reports, Staffordshire Police said.

    A puppy with a tennis ball in its mouth

    A spokesman for the force said: "Please be vigilant when browsing animals for sale and do everything you can to make sure the adverts are from genuine sellers before parting with any money.

    "If anything arouses suspicion at all or doesn’t seem to quite add up, please, please don’t send them any money."

  4. Around the web: Pregnant mum with toddler grabbed

    Stoke-on-Trent Live

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  5. What's the weather got in store?

    BBC Weather

    Early rain should clear later leaving a brighter afternoon with some sunny spells and highs of 10°C (50°F).

    Weather map
  6. Head calls for clarity around testing pupils

    A head teacher is calling for "a clear time line" and information about plans for children to be tested at schools.

    "Next week it would be really nice to have a clear timeline and some information about... the testing programme and whether we're expected to test all children all at once and that's quite a big logistical issue," Nicola Mason, head teacher at Chase Terrace Academy in Staffordshire, said.

    "It takes away our largest space, our sports hall, so some of our curriculum wouldn't be able to go ahead as normal if we were testing more children."

    Nicola Mason

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to set out plans for the return on Monday, with the Department for Education saying pupils won't return to classrooms before 8 March "at the earliest".

    "The other part really is the exams and how we are generating grades for the children in year 11 and 13 and of course years 10 and 12 who are also on exam courses," Ms Mason told BBC Breakfast.

    "They are the two really big things for me that are on my mind and causing quite a bit of stress for the coming weeks."

  7. SA Covid variant found at Tamworth business

    An employee at a Tamworth business has tested positive for the South African coronavirus variant.


    Staffordshire County Council said it has identified everyone known to be in contact with the worker - about 50 people in Tamworth and Lichfield - and they are to be offered testing.

    The positive case lives in a part of Walsall or Birmingham where mass testing is already underway following the discovery of the variant in those areas.

    The council said there is "no need for anyone else to take further action" and there is not evidence the variant will have spread in the wider community.

    All of the people being offered home testing today are staff or clients of the Tamworth business.

    Quote Message: While the risk of community transmission is very small, we want to proactively test anyone who may have been in close contact with this person so we can help identify if there are any other cases and help break the chain of infection. from Dr Richard Harling Director of Health and Care, Staffordshire County Council
    Dr Richard HarlingDirector of Health and Care, Staffordshire County Council
  8. Weather: On the brink of something milder

    We're on the brink of some milder weather but it's still looking fairly unsettled.

    This afternoon we'll see a lot of cloud across the region so it will be fairly dull but the rain should be staying to the west of us.

    Temperatures will be rising to up to 11C but with gusts of wind reaching up to 45mph it won't feel as mild as that.

    West Midlands weather forecast for Friday
  9. Thursday's weather: A wet and windy start

    It's a wet and windy start this morning but that should be out of the way by this afternoon, with temperatures reaching a maximum of 9C.

    Into the evening things will be dry for a time, although it'll be a chilly night, and there's more rain waiting in the wings for tomorrow.

    Weather Thursday 18/02
  10. Heating problems causes test centre move

    A Covid-19 testing site has been relocated after problems with heating.

    Community testing, using the lateral flow tests which give results in about 30 minutes, had been ongoing at Burntwood Leisure Centre in Staffordshire.

    But it has been moved to Lichfield City FC on Brownsfield Road until the heating issue has been resolved.

    Burntwood Leisure Centre.