Increase in coronavirus cases in Leicestershire signals a second wave

New figures reveal that there were just under 1,000 coronavirus cases in Leicestershire over the last two weeks.

This includes 170 extra cases which were added following Public Health England’s IT issue. This means that there were over 450 coronavirus cases in Leicestershire last week – a third more than initially reported.

The County Council’s director of public health, Mike Sandys, says the latest data signals the arrival of a second wave.

The latest seven-day rates up to 1 October broken down by district are:

• North West Leicestershire – 37.2 per 100,000 population
• Melton – 48.9 per 100,000 population
• Harborough – 56.2 per 100,000 population
• Hinckley and Bosworth – 53.4 per 100,000 population
• Blaby – 66.7 per 100,000 population
• Charnwood – 83.2 per 100,000 population
• Oadby and Wigston 112.2 per 100,000 population

The national average is 100 cases for every 100,000 people. Only Oadby & Wigston is currently exceeding this with 112.

Mike Sandys said: “Adding in the extra figures means that we now believe the rate in the last week to be at least a third higher than previously thought. Whilst levels are below national benchmarks, it’s clear that the second wave is real and happening now.”

“It remains down to us to stem the rise and changing our behaviour is the trick.”

“It’s about doing the right thing – and by following social distancing, wearing a face covering, washing your hands and adhering to the rules, you’re playing your part.”