More than 1,000 new Covid-19 infections across Leicester and wider county as UK hits record daily total

More than 1,000 new Covid-19 infections have been recorded across Leicester and the wider county in the latest 24-hour reporting period.

Cases have shot up across the UK with 78,610 new cases nationally and 1,048 locally in the 24 hours to 9am today – making it the highest daily total recorded since the start of the pandemic.

It comes after the Government’s warning that the new Omicron virus is rapidly spreading.

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The UK’s Health Security Agency, (HSA), says there are now 10,017 confirmed cases of the new variant in the UK, with a total 4,671 cases confirmed today.

Some of the new cases include additional cases from December 14, according to the HSA.

According to the latest figures released by the Department of Health, Leicester has had 270 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours.

Across the rest of the county, Covid-19 cases have increased with total of 778 new cases across all boroughs in the past 24 hours.

Here is the breakdown of the figures for the latest 24 hours, according to latest Government data:

Leicester: 270

Blaby: 110

Charnwood: 287

Harborough: 81

Hinckley and Bosworth: 111

Melton: 46

North West Leicestershire: 101

Oadby and Wigston: 42

The most recent cases, updated at 4pm today, mean that Leicester has had a total of 69,981 Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic.

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Elsewhere in the county, the total number of cases recorded by the Government since the beginning of the crisis are:

Blaby: 18,942

Charnwood: 32,443

Harborough: 15,647

Hinckley and Bosworth: 19,345

Melton: 8,108

North West Leicestershire: 17,716

Oadby and Wigston: 11,187

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NHS workers and volunteers are working extra hard to vaccinate all adults by the end of the month in a race against the new variant.

There are now 7,673 Covid-19 patients across UK hospitals with 896 on ventilation beds, according to latest Government figures.

In Leicester, there are currently 99 patients in hospital with the virus and 11 of those are on ventilation beds.

The latest data shows that a total of four patients are currently in county hospitals with Covid-19.

Across the UK, the seven-day rolling infection rate is currently 522.2 which means most of Leicestershire currently has a higher infection rate than the country overall.

Here is a full breakdown of infection rate by area:

Leicester: 395.7 per 100,000 people

Blaby: 591.5 per 100,000 people

Charnwood: 547.7 per 100,000 people

Harborough: 647.9 per 100,000 people

Hinckley and Bosworth: 576.2 per 100,000 people

Melton: 591.5 per 100,000 people

North West Leicestershire: 612.5 per 100,000 people

Oadby and Wigston: 474.6 per 100,000 people

In a race against the Omicron virus the emergency booster vaccination programme is being rolled out across the country.

Local NHS bosses say they are doing everything they can to reach the Prime Minister’s ambitious target to vaccinate all adults in the UK with a booster dose by the end of the month.

The Prime Minister addressed the nation at a Downing Street press conference at 5pm today.

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