Covid cases rise in last 24 hours – but do seem to be steadying

There has been a slight increase in the number of new coronavirus cases recorded in the past 24 hours, but numbers do seem to be steadying.

There have been 259 cases have been added to city and county totals today, with 123 cases in Leicester and the remaining 136 spread across Leicestershire.

Broken down to district and county level, Charnwood had the biggest increase with 46 cases, followed by Blaby with 26.

Oadby and Wigston added 18 cases to its overall total with 15 new infections identified in Harborough and 14 in Melton.

North West Leicestershire’s toll increased by 11 and Hinckley and Bosworth’s by six.

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: 17,642
  • Blaby: 3,136
  • Charnwood: 6,341
  • Harborough: 2,044
  • Hinckley and Bosworth: 2,503
  • Melton: 1,134
  • North West Leicestershire: 2,324
  • Oadby and Wigston: 2,451

In other coronavirus news, Leicestershire’s director of public health today revealed that infection rates are falling faster than that national average in the county.

Meanwhile, as County Hall took delivery of 16,000 rapid testing kits and the equipment to be able to use them, 10,000 kits delivered to City Hall more than a week ago remain unopened after barcodes needed to track the results are yet to arrive.

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

  • Leicester: 314.8 cases per 100,000
  • Blaby: 231.5 cases per 100,000
  • Charnwood: 144.7 cases per 100,000
  • Harborough: 198.3 cases per 100,000
  • Hinckley and Bosworth: 109.6 cases per 100,000
  • Melton: 162.1 cases per 100,000
  • North West Leicestershire: 186.3 cases per 100,000
  • Oadby and Wigston: 370.1 cases per 100,000

Recent daily increases:

  • Monday, November 30: 212
  • Saturday November 28 and Sunday November 29 (combined total): 543
  • Friday, November 27: 306
  • Thursday, November 26: 387
  • Wednesday, November 25: 420
  • Tuesday, November 24: 261
  • Monday, November 23: 389
  • Sunday, November 22: 443

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