Another 585 coronavirus cases have been confirmed across the city and county today, as people needing hospital treatment rises.
The total number of patients in Leicester’s three hospitals peaked at 499 back in January 25 and then declined throughout the spring.
But the number, which got down to a low of just seven in mid-May, has been climbing again and the latest figures – for July 20 – show there were 64 people with Covid-19 in hospital beds in Leicester.
The number has not been that high since March of this year.
In Leicester there were 195 new cases reported today, while around the county there were a further 68 cases in Blaby, 99 in Charnwood, 52 in Harborough, 48 in Hinckley and Bosworth, 26 in Melton, 66 in North West Leicestershire and 31 in Oadby and Wigston.
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 :
Hinckley and Bosworth: 7,796
North West Leicestershire: 8,153
Oadby and Wigston: 5,842
In other coronavirus news, a major drive is underway to get young people vaccinated against coronavirus in Leicestershire.
The country has been in the grip of a third wave of the pandemic since the start of June, which has led to an increase in the number of daily infections.
And young people are thought to be the main section of the population affected by the latest rises in cases.
With restrictions now largely lifted, a fresh effort is being made to encourage young people to get their vaccinations in as soon as possible.
The “Get vaxxed – enjoy being back” initiative is aimed at 18-29 year-olds in the hope they will respond to ‘positive messages’ related to getting society back to normal and protecting family and friends.
Simran Sangherra, who supported in the campaign development said: “It’s really important that young people see the benefits of getting vaccinated and know that they can access it safely and easily.
“Being a part of this campaign enables young people like myself to see and be part of a positive future and think about the positive impact it has on others around us.”
534 local young people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland took part in a survey in June 2021, which was followed by a series of online focus groups.
Meanwhile, the worst case rates across Leicestershire this week are in North West Leicestershire, with the lowest rates to be found in Oadby and Wigston and in the city.
The current average rate for England stands at 540 cases per 100,000 people, which means that only Melton and North West Leicestershire are currently above the national average.
The latest seven-day infection rates, area by area, are:
Leicester: 414.1 cases per 100,000
Blaby: 536.8 cases per 100,000
Charnwood: 497.7 cases per 100,000
Harborough: 465.9 cases per 100,000
Hinckley and Bosworth: 524.1 cases per 100,000
Melton: 560.4 cases per 100,000
North West Leicestershire: 671.7 cases per 100,000
Oadby and Wigston: 403.4 cases per 100,000
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