More than 200 new coronavirus cases were confirmed across Leicester and Leicestershire yesterday.
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has updated the daily number of new positive tests for coronavirus.
Exactly 100 cases were added to Leicester’s cumulative total, meaning there have now been 7,227 cases of coronavirus identified in the city since the beginning of the pandemic. Leicester remains under local lockdown rules that prohibit mixing between households in homes and gardens.
The DHSC also said three were 44 new cases in Charnwood, and 18 in Blaby.
There have been virus cases reported recently at Leicester University, De Montfort University and Loughborough University as students and staff have returned for the new term.
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There were 13 new cases in Oadby and Wigston borough, which is also in lockdown, and a dozen in Harborough.
Ten new infections were confirmed in Hinckley and Bosworth and six in Melton.
Nationally there were 12,872 new cases, while a further 49 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19.
The morning Prime Minister Boris Johnson told The Andrew Marr Show the high number was as a result of a ‘failure of the counting system which has now been rectified.
He said: “It was a computing issue. All the people who have had positive tests have now been notified.”
The rate of infections has been rising in many parts of the country – particularly in the north of England and the Midlands however the numbers of patients admitted to hospital with Covid-19 remain much lower than they were in the April peak of the virus.
Public health bosses have warned hospital admissions are likely to rise if infection rates continue to at the rate they have been and that then would be followed by more deaths of infected people.
The local figures updated at 8.40pm on Saturday October 3 are:
Leicester – 7,227 total cases. Rate per 100,000 population: 2,040
Blaby – 847 total cases – Rate per 100,000 population: 834
Charnwood – 1,267 total cases – Rate per 100,000 population: 682
Harborough – 567 total cases -. Rate per 100,000 population: 604
Hinckley and Bosworth – 728 total cases – Rate per 100,000 population: 652
Melton – 275 total cases – Rate per 100,000 population: 537
North West Leicestershire – 442 total cases – Rate per 100,000 population: 427
Oadby and Wigston – 777 total cases – Rate per 100,000 population: 1,363
LeicestershireLive uses the gov.uk daily dashboard to track and report local confirmed cases.