Government scraps coronavirus figures for local areas

The government has scrapped its daily updates on local coronavirus cases as cases continue to fall.

Up until yesterday, daily updates for each council area had been published on the government website at about 4pm every day, which LeicestershireLive had reported daily.

The website now lists the number of new cases for all council areas as zero.

The page states: “The way cases are reported has changed.

“This affects newly reported cases on 9 April 2021. Regions and local authorities do not show the actual number of new cases reported.

“UK and England numbers of newly reported cases have been adjusted and correctly reflect new cases reported.”

The UK as a whole has seen 3,150 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, meaning well over 4.3 million people in the country have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began just over a year ago.

The breakdown shows there were 2,638 new cases in England, 113 in Northern Ireland, 285 in Scotland and 114 in Wales.

The latest seven-day infection rates, area by area, are still being updated and currently stand at:

  • Leicester: 88 cases per 100,000

  • Blaby: 42 cases per 100,000

  • Charnwood: 46 cases per 100,000

  • Harborough: 15 cases per 100,000

  • Hinckley and Bosworth: 58 cases per 100,000

  • Melton: 53 cases per 100,000

  • North West Leicestershire: 27 cases per 100,000

  • Oadby and Wigston: 61 cases per 100,000

Based on figures from yesterday and previous updates, the total number of cases across the city and county since the start of the pandemic area by area are :

  • Leicester: 36,073

  • Blaby: 6,989

  • Charnwood: 12,367

  • Harborough: 5,058

  • Hinckley and Bosworth: 6,087

  • Melton: 2,650

  • North West Leicestershire: 6,021

  • Oadby and Wigston: 4,919

These numbers will no longer be updated.

Meanwhile, public health officials in Leicester are urging people to get tested twice a week to try to stop new variants of coronavirus taking hold in the city.

Viruses are more likely to be able to mutate when they are spreading widely and the city’s seven-day infection rate of 88.1 cases per 100,000 is more than twice the national average.

Major lockdown relaxations in hospitality and retail are due to take effect on Monday and the Government wants to avoid a resurgence of Covid-19.

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