Coronavirus: “no obvious source” of Leicester Covid-19 epidemic

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The health secretary, Matt Hancock, mentioned for the first time an “epidemic” in Leicester on June 18


There is no obvious source for a recent increase in coronavirus cases in Leicester, according to a report.

Public Health England (PHE) has found “no explanatory outbreaks in nursing homes, hospitals or industrial processes”.

His analysis of the cases showed that more “young and middle-aged” in the city had tested positive for Covid-19 than in other parts of the Midlands.

But the spread does not seem to be “unconstrained,” she said.

The preliminary investigation indicated that the increase in the number of reported cases may be due in part to an “increase in the availability of tests” in Leicester.

He confirmed a concentration of new cases in the North Evington district of the city.

The report indicates that Leicester hospitals are currently treating 80 patients with Covid-19, 10 of whom require ventilation.

The number of patients had “declined rapidly” since an outbreak in early April, but new admissions had “remained stable” between six and 10 per day throughout June.

On Monday, as he announced a local lockout for the city, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he had “10% of all positive cases” in the past week.

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The report says the increase in the number of positive cases is “most pronounced” among those under the age of 19.

Although there has been “good access to primary school for children” since the beginning of June, according to the researchers, they found no “analytical link” between this and “a real or apparent increase in new infections ”

However, they said it “would seem reasonable to investigate” to rule out a link between this and an increase in the number of young people positive for Covid-19.

Five schools in the city have closed following positive tests for the coronavirus, he added.

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