Leicester Mercury

Infection rates among worst in the country


HINCKLEY is among the top 10 areas of England for coronaviru­s rates this week.

The average number of cases for England stands at 424.4 cases per 100,000 people and Hinckley and Bosworth borough now has a rate of 667.7, making it the ninth worst affected area.

Melton and Charnwood also have rates above 600 and three other areas Harborough, Blaby and Oadby and Wigston - have infection rates above the England average.

Generally the county area is seeing higher rates than the city, prompting county health bosses to ask secondary schools to re-introduce mask-wearing in communal areas.

The highest rates in England per 100,000 people are: Torridge (Devon) 1,009.9; Mid Sussex 836.1; North Devon 806.8; Elmbridge (Surrey) 782; Mid

Devon 715.6; Tandridge (Surrey) 712.7; Wycombe (Bucks) 703.1; Teignbridg­e (Devon) 685; Hinckley & Bosworth 667.7; North Hertfordsh­ire 661.6.

Despite the high infection rates in some areas of Leicesters­hire, the number of people in hospital remains just over 100 - a fraction of the number during the peak of the pandemic last January when almost 500 people were being treated for Covid-19 in Leicester’s three hospitals. Of the 107 people in the city’s hospitals only six are on ventilatio­n beds due to their condition.

The highest Covid-19 rates Hinckley & Bosworth 667.7; Melton 622.6; Charnwood 615.1; Harborough 544.3; Oadby & Wigston 524.6; Blaby 516.9; North West Leicesters­hire 398.8; Leicester 385. The latest figures, released Wednesday, showed 149 daily deaths and 43,676 new cases nationally.

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