Coronavirus: Nottingham next hotspot as infection rate multiplies by six in a week

Coronavirus: Nottingham next hotspot as infection rate multiplies by six in a week

 

Nottingham’s coronavirus infection rate has soared in a seven day period.

The latest Public Health England data shows that 1,273 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in Nottingham in the seven days to October 2.

It means the city’s rate of new cases per 100,000 people is now 382.4 – a huge jump from 59.5 the previous week.

In just seven days the Midlands city has gone from having a infection rate fairly typical for a English town to being one of the worst affected.

Nottingham, which is not in local lockdown, now has a higher case rate than many other places which are.

Alison Challenger, director of public health for the city, said: “The new data from Public Health England confirms there are more cases of Covid-19 in our city than we were aware of last week.

“Our numbers are now significant. Every ward in the city is seeing an increase in cases, matching the rising trend in confirmed cases of Covid-19 nationally.

“This is very worrying for Nottingham and we are working with Public Health England and with all partners in the city today to urgently consider what next steps need to be taken.”

The place with the highest infection rate in England is Manchester, where one in every 189 people catching the bug in the past seven days.

Cases have rocketed up in the North West city in the seven days up to October 2.

A total of 2,927 people tested positive, the equivalent of 529.4 cases per 100,000 people or one per 189 people.

This is up from 246.4 per 100,000 in the seven days to September 25.

The significant spike puts it at the top of the infection rate table, according to data published by Public Health England.

Knowsley has the second highest rate, which is up from 324.1 to 498.5, with 752 new cases.

Liverpool is in third place, where the rate has also increased sharply, from 306.4 to 487.1 with 2,426 new cases.

Other areas recording big jumps in their seven-day rates include Newcastle upon Tyne (up from 268.1 to 434.9, with 1,317 new cases); Nottingham (up from 59.5 to 382.4, with 1,273 new cases); Leeds (up from 144.9 to 316.8, with 2,513 new cases); and Sheffield (up from 100.9 to 286.6, with 1,676 new cases).

Data for the most recent three days (October 3-5) has been excluded as it is incomplete and likely to be revised.

The below list shows all of the local authorities in order of their infection rates.

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to October 2; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to October 2; rate of new cases in the seven days to September 25; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to September 25.

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