Another 500+ daily rise in Covid-19 cases – here’s where

Health officials have confirmed a further 542 coronavirus infections in Leicester and the wider county in the past 24 hours.

There were 235 new cases diagnosed in the city, while the total for the wider county was 307, according to today’s update from the Department of Health and Social Care.

Broken down by local authority areas, Charnwood recorded 77 new infections, while the figure for the Harborough district was 41.

Hinckley and Bosworth recorded 54 new cases, and there were 51 in North West Leicestershire, which covers Coalville and Ashby.

There were 25 cases in Oadby and Wigston borough, 54 in Blaby district and just five in the Melton borough.

More than 63,000 people in the city and county have tested positive for the virus since the beginning of the crisis.

The new cases, updated today at 4pm, mean that the total number of cases across the city and county since the start of the pandemic area by area are :

  • Leicester: 28,684

  • Blaby: 5,571

  • Charnwood: 9,765

  • Harborough: 3,965

  • Hinckley and Bosworth: 4,665

  • Melton: 2,052

  • North West Leicestershire: 4,405

  • Oadby and Wigston: 4,085

In other coronavirus news today, the NHS in Leicestershire announced that tens of thousands of local people – ranging from the elderly and vulnerable to front line NHS workers – have now received their first coronavirus vaccine.

Figures for the period up to last Sunday, January 17, a total of 56,317 people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland had received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Of these, 27,826 doses were given to people over the age of 80 and 28,491 were given to people under the age of 80 – almost all of whom were NHS and social care staff working on the front line.

Also today, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick highlighted the ‘vital role’ faith are playing in encouraging people to get vaccinated.

Mr Jenrick spoke during a visit to the UK’s first vaccination centre opened in a mosque, the Press Association reported.

Mr Jenrick met with the imam at Al-Abbas Islamic Centre in Balsall Heath, Birmingham, as well as the pharmacists and staff who run the vaccination centre and people who received their first dose of the vaccine on Saturday.

A volunteer assists a member of the public before he received a vaccine injection at the Al Abbas Mosque, in Birmingham
(Image: Jacob King)

The mosque is one of dozens of new sites across the UK offering coronavirus vaccinations, with others scheduled to open next week.

Mr Jenrick said: “It is absolutely brilliant to see faith communities like this stepping up and playing their part in the vaccine programme.

“We have to build trust, ensure that we counter misinformation and ensure that everyone, regardless of their faith, regardless of what community they’re from, gets access to the programme.”

His message echoed that previously delivered by faith leaders across Leicester and Leicestershire.

The latest seven-day infection rates, area by area, are:

  • Leicester: 569.7 cases per 100,000

  • Blaby: 407.8 cases per 100,000

  • Charnwood: 322.3 cases per 100,000

  • Harborough: 279.3 cases per 100,000

  • Hinckley and Bosworth: 358 cases per 100,000

  • Melton: 242.1 cases per 100,000

  • North West Leicestershire: 365.8 cases per 100,000

  • Oadby and Wigston: 321 cases per 100,000

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