Latest coronavirus rates a ‘concern’ for Leicestershire

The latest figures for Covid-19 in Leicestershire remain ‘concerning’, says the county council’s director of public health.

Oadby & Wigston continues to have the highest weekly incidence rate in the county (67 per 100,000 population) with 38 positive tests recorded in the week of 22nd to 28th September.

Hinckley & Bosworth, Melton and North West Leicestershire have all seen a rise in rates per 100,000. Blaby, Harborough and Charnwood have seen new cases fall in the week.

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Mike Sandys said: “Because of the large jump in cases nationally, none of our areas of  the county feature in the top 30 areas of concern across the UK, but our rates are still concerning.”

“The latest figures, however, do show that we are putting a bit more distance between the Leicestershire weekly incidence rate of Covid-19 cases and the picture nationally.

“The message remains that it’s all up to us to fight to restrict this virus – to get tested if you have symptoms, stick to the rules around social distancing, wear a face covering and follow hand-washing routines.”

The council has been delivering thousands of leaflets to people’s homes and businesses as well as contacting GP surgeries to highlight the need for people with symptoms to get a test.

Councillor Lee Breckon, county council cabinet member for health, said: “This targeted work will continue and is clearly having an impact, for example, in the Blaby district. Again, it’s down to all of us to play our part.”