Based on a sample of cases in the last week, 82 per cent were the new strain.
Councillor Nicolas Barlow, cabinet member for health and adult social care, said: “Based on a 40 per cent sample of positive coronavirus results in the borough in the last seven days, 82 percent were found to be the new variant. These figures reflect what’s happening elsewhere in the country.
“We know the new variant has a higher transmission rate and therefore it couldn’t be more important for people to follow the advice to stay at home as much as possible in this latest period of lockdown. It really will help protect our NHS and save lives.
“We know staying at home isn’t possible for our key workers and we therefore urge them to book regular symptom free testing at either Dudley Leisure Centre, Sandwell Education Centre or at one of 30 pharmacies across the borough.”
Across Sandwell 80 per cent of cases are the new variant and in Staffordshire the figure is 75 per cent.