A further 1,429 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the city and county in the latest 24-hour reporting period.
The figures, published by the Department of Health and Social Care, (DHSC), this afternoon, show 480 new Covid-19 infections in the city and a further 949 in the county.
The new data was released as the country learned what the Government’s next move will be in the face of the rapidly spreading Omicron variant.
The breakdown by local authority areas shows that Charnwood borough, including Loughborough and Shepshed, reported 350 new cases.
Meanwhile North West Leicestershire, which includes the towns of Coalville and Ashby, has seen 121 new infections recorded.
Oadby and Wigston has 67 confirmed cases, Melton borough 70 while Blaby district saw a further 147 cases added to its total. The borough of Hinckley and Bosworth’s total was 98, while the Harborough district reported 96 further infections.
The number of people known to have contracted the virus locally since the pandemic began now stands at an estimated 211,713.
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: 21,230
North West Leicestershire: 19,436
Oadby and Wigston: 12,194
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Meanwhile, NHS England reported today that there were 1,281 Covid-19 hospital admissions in England on December 25 – that is up 74 per cent week-on-week and the highest number since mid-February.
During the second wave of coronavirus, admissions peaked at 4,134 on mid-January.
In London, 364 admissions were reported on December 25, up 73 per cent week-on-week but below the 390 admissions reported on December 23.
Admissions during the second wave peaked in London at 977 on January 6.
Currently, the number of patients with the virus being treated in Leicester’s hospitals currently stands at a relatively stable 103, with 11 people on mechanical ventilation.
Just three Covid-19 patients are being treated in one of the county hospitals but none require ventilation.
Currently, the UK national average is 1,095.2 cases per 100,000 and 1,145.2 cases in England.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid has said there will be no new coronavirus restrictions in England before the new year.
The Health Secretary was speaking to television reporters after the latest UK update showed there had been more than 320,000 Covid cases in three days.
Mr Javid said: “We look at the data on a daily basis, that hasn’t changed over the Christmas period, but there will be no further measures before the new year.
“We won’t be taking any further measures, of course people should remain cautious as we approach new year celebrations and take a lateral flow test if that makes sense, celebrate outdoors if you can, have some ventilation indoors if you can.”
The latest weekly infection rates, area by area, are:
- Leicester: 911.8 cases per 100,000
Blaby: 1,093.7 cases per 100,000
Charnwood: 1,149.1 cases per 100,000
Harborough: 1,020.5 cases per 100,000
Hinckley and Bosworth: 949.3 cases per 100,000
Melton: 844.5 cases per 100,000
North West Leicestershire: 899.7 cases per 100,000
Oadby and Wigston: 1,015.5 cases per 100,000
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