Leicester's 7-day coronavirus infection rate has almost doubled

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Leicester’s seven-day coronavirus infection rate has almost doubled in the last week.

The rate, which was dropping steadily, increased in the latest figures for the seven days up until September 5 to 42.8 cases per 100,000 people.

In the week before, which ran up to August 28, the rate was 23.6 cases per 100,000 people.

The rise comes just days before the remaining local lockdown restrictions are set to be reviewed by Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

The Department of Health and Social Care are set to make a decision as to whether some sectors of the economy will have to remain closed and if people can see family and friends in their homes or private gardens.

Leisure centres, gyms and swimming pools have been allowed to open from today.

The latest data, taken from the NHS Progression dashboard, shows that 152 cases were confirmed in the seven days before September 5, a 65 per cent increase on the week before.

The rate isn’t as high as it was when the Leicester was put into local lockdown at the end of June, with 135 cases per 100,000 people, but it is the first time the rate has increased significantly in the past few weeks.

Leicester is now 18th in the table ranking areas based on their cases per 100,000 people.

Leicestershire's rate has also almost doubled, from 9 cases per 100,000 people last week, to it's current level which is 17.9 cases per 100,000 people.

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The national rate has also increased and now stands at 19.6 cases per 100,000 - the week before it was 11.1 cases per 100,000 people.

The number of new cases in Leicester and Leicestershire has also risen over the past couple of days.

Some 75 new cases were recorded in the city and county on Sunday and another 58 were added to cumulative totals locally on Monday.

Nationally, the number of confirmed cases also showed a steep increase with 2,948 cases recorded yesterday.

Schools across the city and county have been confirming cases and asking pupils to self-isolate since children went back to class last week.

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