The latest Covid-19 figures have shown 621 cases confirmed across the Leicestershire area in the last 24 hours as the UK’s alert level has been increased to level 4.
The UK Health Security agency has advised the Government to increase the level to the second highest possible in the wake of the Omnicron variant spreading.
A level four alert means the Covid-19 epidemic is ‘in general circulation’ and that ‘transmission is rising exponentially’.
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The news comes after a high number of cases have been confirmed in the city and county in the last week.
According to the latest figures released by the Department of Health, Leicester has had 135 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours while a further 483 people across the county have also tested positive.
That was a slight drop on the previous day, but there has been a steady increase in cases around Leicestershire for the past three days and there is often a delay in cases being officially confirmed over the weekend.
Here is the breakdown of the number for the last 24 hours, for where you live:
- Leicester: 135
- Blaby: 65
- Charnwood: 122
- Harborough: 58
- Hinckley and Bosworth: 94
- Melton: 30
- North West Leicestershire: 80
- Oadby and Wigston: 34
The most recent cases, updated at 4pm today, mean that Leicester has had a total of 69,280 Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic.
Cases recorded in the county since the beginning of the pandemic are:
- Blaby: 18,703
- Charnwood: 31,798
- Harborough: 15, 427
- Hinckley and Bosworth: 19,062
- Melton: 7,995
- North West Leicestershire: 17,443
- Oadby and Wigston: 11,088
Of the 99 Covid-19 patients in Leicester hospitals, 11 are on ventilation beds.
Hospitals across the county currently have a total of four Covid-19 patients.
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Infection rates in six of the eight local council areas are above the UK average of 501.2 cases per 100,000. Here is a full breakdown of rates by area:
- Leicester: 396.3 per 100,000 people
- Blaby: 617 per 100,000 people
- Charnwood: 482.4 per 100,000 people
- Harborough: 704.4 per 100,000 people
- Hinckley and Bosworth: 582.4 per 100,000 people
- Melton: 591.5 per 100,000 people
- North West Leicestershire: 634.5 per 100,000 people
- Oadby and Wigston: 514.7 per 100,000 people
In other Coronavirus news, the Plan B measures are set to be voted on in Parliament on Tuesday, December 14, which could see mandatory vaccine passes imposed in some settings.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is also set to make an announcement to the nation on television at 8pm tonight.
The Government is also reportedly drawing up Plan C measures that could be brought in sooner than expected, as reported by The Mirror.
From Monday people aged over 30 will be eligible to book their Covid-19 booster vaccine. Read more on the latest update here.