And in the seven-day period leading up to October 17, Derby saw more infections than was recorded in the city than during the entire month of September when there were 342 confirmed cases.
Derby’s case rate is now higher than that seen in Chesterfield on Thursday, October 15, when it was announced that the town of Derbyshire was to be subject to level two restrictions.
Derby’s rate also comes close to that seen in Erewash and north-east Derbyshire when those districts were ranked at level two last week.
And the city’s suburbs are experiencing more confirmed infections.
In the week leading up to October 15, here are the areas of Derby that recorded the most new cases of Covid-19:
- Petit Chester – 29
- Chellaston East – 27
- Littleover West et Heatherton – 21
- Oakwood – 21
- Chellaston West et Shelton Lock – 20
- Cathedral Quarter and California – 17
- Normanton West – 17
- Spondon South – 17
Six days ago Dr Robyn Dewis, chief public health officer for Derby City Council, said she expected the city to be placed in second place within seven to ten days.
The council remains silent on the subject with no further update available. However, data on Covid-19 in the city shows infections continue to rise.
A spokesperson for the authority said: “No update at this time. The direction of travel has not changed but we will provide you with an update when we have more news. ”
At level two, you cannot meet different households inside, including in pubs and restaurants.
It is feared that this could hit hotel businesses hard, still reeling from a full lockdown and could see some shutting down for good.
However, the city’s infection rate remains a quarter of that of Nottingham (633) and behind Leicester of 222, which has been on local lockdown since June.
Leicester went into local lockdown with a new case rate of 135.
Nottingham is set to be plunged into level three restrictions and the case rate in the neighboring district of Erewash has climbed to 224 per 100,000, more than anywhere else in Derbyshire. It’s already at level two.
Under the third level, different households cannot meet outdoors in reception areas or private gardens, as well as indoors.
Travel advice is limited to essential travel only and pubs and bars that do not serve meals will be closed.
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Last week Derbyshire County Council Director of Public Health Dean Wallace said it was a matter of “when” and not “if” other areas of the county, including the city, were submitted. to level two restrictions.
On October 15, Dr Dewis said: ‘In Derby the number of positive cases is increasing, but we are still below rates compared to other parts of the county.
“However, we cannot afford to be complacent and we expect the increase in cases to continue. The virus is still circulating in Derby and the constant flow of people traveling for work and education across local borders means there is always a possibility of transmission.
“We currently do not have a defined level at which we will move to level two. This decision is based on a number of factors, including the rate of change, and we regularly review our situation.
“In my opinion, I expect we will go level two within the next seven to ten days, but there is a level of uncertainty about that.
“What we do know is that the best way to reduce the spread of the virus is to play by the rules and keep our distance, cover our faces, wash our hands and stay home if we have symptoms. “