Coronavirus cases on the rise again in Leicester and Leicestershire according to government figures

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There have been 48 other coronavirus cases recorded in Leicester and Leicestershire in the past 24 hours, according to government figures released today (September 5).Across the UK, the death toll now stands at 41,549 after an increase of 12, and 344,164 people have tested positive for Covid-19.

This represents an increase of 1,813 over the same period.

The total number of recorded cases in Leicester is now 5,820, while there have been 3,693 elsewhere in the county.

Broken down into districts and arrondissements, it is again Blaby with the largest increase with four new confirmed cases.

Oadby and Wigston and Harborough both added two cases to their cumulative totals, as Charnwood, Melton and North West Leicestershire all added one case each.

Hinckley and Bosworth was the only area where there were no new cases.

The figures updated at 4:30 p.m. on Friday September 4 are:

  • Leicester – 5,820 cases in total. Rate per 100,000 population: 1,643
  • Blaby – 590 cases in total – Rate per 100,000 population: 581.1
  • Charnwood – 925 total cases – Rate per 100,000 population: 497.7
  • Harborough – 438 cases in total -. Rate per 100,000 population: 466
  • Hinckley and Bosworth – 604 total cases – Rate per 100,000 population: 533.9
  • Melton – 225 total cases – Rate per 100,000 population: 439
  • North West Leicestershire – 358 total cases – Rate per 100,000 population: 345.5
  • Oadby and Wigston – 552 total cases – Rate per 100,000 population: 968.2

LeicestershireLive uses the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs daily dashboard to track cases.

Patients are encouraged to call 111 before going to emergency and accident departments to help regulate the number of people in hospital waiting areas.

Under the new program, people in need of care for a serious illness but not potentially life threatening will be able to make an appointment at their nearest A&E to avoid a long wait in the hospital.

The 111 First program aims to schedule time slots at A&E to help maintain social distancing in hospitals, or refer patients to other services such as a general practitioner or pharmacist.

Currently in pilot phase in Plymouth and Cornwall, it should be extended to other parts of the country in the coming months.

A spokesperson for NHS England stressed that those who had not made an appointment would not be turned down if they showed up to A&E.

“It cuts down on A&E clutter, but still gets you the help you need,” he said.

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