The figures arrive the same day Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Dr Susan Hopkins, chief medical adviser to the NHS Test and Trace, were questioned by a Leicester resident during a Downing Street press briefing. they expected the current national lockdown to be extended beyond what was expected. end date December 2.
They said the number of cases will be decisive in deciding whether the lockdown is extended – and hope the tighter restrictions that began on November 5 begin to impact the infection rate this week.
Figures released today show that the tighter restrictions, which include the closure of non-essential shops, pubs, restaurants and sports venues, have yet to have the desired effect in Leicestershire.
Leicester saw the largest increase with 616 cases added to local totals, pushing its total number of cases past 15,000 since the start of the pandemic, while the remaining 697 cases were spread across the county.
Charnwood’s overall total increased by 466, that of northwest Leicestershire by 54 and that of Oadby and Wigston by 86.
Blaby added 16 cases to its overall number of infections.
A problem on the gov.uk website meant that three areas of Leicestershire – Harborough, Melton, Hinckley and Bosworth – were reported to have 0 new infections in the past 24 hours. However, their overall total had increased from yesterday, Sunday, November 15.
Melton had 12 cases added to his total, Harborough 20 and the Hinckley and Bosworth toll appears to have increased by 43.
The new cases, updated today at 4 p.m., mean that the total number of cases in the city and county since the start of the pandemic area by area is :
In other coronavirus news, Matt Hancock mentioned Leicester again during today’s daily briefing. The health secretary intervened as the prime minister was forced to self-isolate after spending time with an MP who later tested positive.
Meanwhile, regional rankings have revealed Leicester is once again the Covid capital of the East Midlands.
The latest seven-day infection rates, area by area, are:
Leicester: 525.4 cases per 100,000
Blaby: 429.4 cases per 100,000
Charnwood: 401.4 cases per 100,000
Harborough: 301.7 cases per 100,000
Hinckley and Bosworth: 357.1 cases per 100,000
Melton: 410.1 cases per 100,000
North West Leicestershire: 400.5 cases per 100,000
Oadby and Wigston: 508.6 cases per 100,000
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