Record number of new coronavirus cases recorded today

Leicestershire has recorded its highest ever total in the daily coronavirus infection figures which have been released today.

A total of 1,313 cases have been added to totals for the Leicester City and Leicestershire County Council areas in the last 24 hours.

The figures come on the same day health secretary Matt Hancock and Dr Susan Hopkins, chief medical adviser for NHS Test and Trace, were asked by a Leicester resident during a Downing Street press briefing if they expect the current national lockdown to be extended past its scheduled end date on December 2.

They said the case numbers will be key in deciding whether the lockdown is extended – and hope tougher restrictions which began on November 5 will begin to have an impact on the infection rate this week.

The figures released today show the tougher restrictions, which include closing non-essential shops, pubs, restaurants and gyms, have not yet had the desired effect in Leicestershire.

Leicester saw the biggest increase with 616 cases added to local totals, driving it’s overall case count past the 15,000 since the pandemic began, while the remaining 697 cases were spread across the county.

Charnwood’s overall total increased by a massive 466 cases, North West Leicestershire’s by 54 and Oadby and Wigston’s went up by 86.

Blaby added 16 cases to its overall infection count.

A glitch on the gov.uk website meant three areas of Leicestershire – Harborough, Melton, Hinckley and Bosworth – were shown as having 0 new infections in the last 24 hours. However their overall total had increased from yesterday, Sunday November 15.

Melton has had 12 cases added to its total, Harborough 20 and Hinckley and Bosworth’s toll appears to have increased by 43.

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: 15,090

  • Blaby: 2,521

  • Charnwood: 5,619

  • Harborough: 1,618

  • Hinckley and Bosworth: 2,115

  • Melton: 905

  • North West Leicestershire: 1,839

  • Oadby and Wigston: 2,019

In other coronavirus news, Matt Hancock again mentioned Leicester at today’s daily briefing. The health secretary stepped in as the PM has been forced to self-isolate after spending time with an MP who later tested positive.

Meanwhile, regional rankings revealed that Leicester is again the Covid capital of the East Midlands.

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

  • Leicester: 525.4 cases per 100,000

  • Blaby: 429.4 cases per 100,000

  • Charnwood: 401.4 cases per 100,000

  • Harborough: 301.7 cases per 100,000

  • Hinckley and Bosworth: 357.1 cases per 100,000

  • Melton: 410.1 cases per 100,000

  • North West Leicestershire: 400.5 cases per 100,000

  • Oadby and Wigston: 508.6 cases per 100,000

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