More than 270 new coronavirus infections have been recorded across Leicester and Leicestershire in the past 24 hours.
The city and the county had been registering around 200 virus cases a day at the end of last week and into the weekend, but today’s figures show a significant jump.
According to the Department of Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) daily update, there were 192 cases spread across all parts of Leicestershire, and another 84 within the city boundaries, making a total of 276.
Charnwood recorded 61 cases, and there were 38 in North West Leicestershire.
Blaby and Harborough districts both recorded 24 infections.
There were 21 new cases in Hinckley and Bosworth, 13 in Oadby and 11 in Melton borough.
Despite the large rise in cases locally, the number of patients with the virus being treated in Leicester’s hospitals remains at 26, with eight people now on mechanical ventilation.
In the county hospitals, a single Covid-19 patient is being treated.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson today indicated the country would be free of all coronavirus restrictions after July 19, despite the rising infection rates.
Mr Johnson said that England was “set fair” to be free of lockdown measures and back to normality “as far as possible” by the later date he set when previously delaying his plans by four weeks due to the surging Delta variant.
Secretary of State for Health Sajid Javid, who is giving an updaes on lockdown restrictions today, earlier sparked opposition concerns that he was ignoring the “data, not dates” approach by saying his “absolute priority” was to end controls as quickly as possible and declaring there would be “no going back” once they were ended.
Mr Javid succeeded Matt Hancock who resigned over the weekend after being revealed to have broken Covid-19 guidance by kissing an aide in his ministerial office during the pandemic.
The Prime Minister said: “Although there are some encouraging signs and the number of deaths remains low and the number of hospitalisations remains low – though both are going up a bit – we are seeing an increase in cases,” the Prime Minister told broadcasters.
“So we think it’s sensible to stick to our plan to have a cautious but irreversible approach, use the next three weeks or so really to complete as much as we can of that vaccine rollout – another five million jabs we can get into people’s arms by July 19.”
There were 22,868 cases of Covid-19 recorded across the UK since Sunday afternoon.
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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: 6,527
North West Leicestershire: 6,401
Oadby and Wigston: 5,231
The latest seven-day infection rates, area by area, are:
Leicester: 131.6 cases per 100,000 (466 cases in the seven days)
Blaby: 133 cases per 100,000 (135)
Charnwood: 97.4 cases per 100,000 (181)
Harborough: 146 cases per 100,000 (137)
Hinckley and Bosworth: 69.8 cases per 100,000 (78)
Melton: 89.8 cases per 100,000 (46)
North West Leicestershire: 87.8 cases per 100,000 (91)
Oadby and Wigston: 140.3 cases per 100,000 (80)
England: 128.7 cases per 100,000 (72,445)
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