Twenty county areas shared 844 new Covid cases in just a week, illustrating how the spread of the virus is ramping up across Leicestershire.
The latest verified data, which relates to the seven days before January 6, shows that the most cases were recorded in the Forest area of Blaby. Some 85 people tested positive in the area, close to Leicester Forest East. Forest is the name of a Middle Layer Super Output Area, or MSOA – an area with an average population of 7,000 people.
A month ago, it was the MSOA of Wigston Town which topped the list – with just 34 cases.
The information relating to MSOAs provides health bosses with a better idea of coronavirus problem areas than the district and borough-wide breakdowns.
Last week, leaders, police and public health bosses from the county and city came together to warn people not to look for loopholes in lockdown rules as the rapid spread of the virus continued across the area. The variant strain of the virus, and pressure on the NHS, prompted the briefing in an attempt to hammer home new lockdown rules.
During the meeting, Leicestershire’s director for public health, Mike Sandys, said that there were no longer ‘hotspot’ areas for the illness, as rates were high all over the county.
Here is the full list of the 20 MSOAs which had the most new cases in the seven days before January 6:
Forest – 85
Thurmaston – 57
Stanton and Flamville – 52
Thurnby & Houghton – 46
Wigston Meadowcourt – 45
Hinckley De Montfort – 44
Wigston St Wolstan’s – 43
Newbold Verdon with Desford – 43
South Wigston – 42
Anstey – 37
Market Harborough Welland -37
Fleckney – 37
Earl Shilton – 37
Ravenhurst and Fosse – 36
Ratby, Bagworth and Thornton – 36
Shepshed East – 35
Barwell – 34
Hinckley Clarendon – 33
Birstall Watermead – 33
Oadby Grange – 32
Latest gov.uk data shows that rates are still high across the county, but some way off the England average of 654.9 cases per 100,000.
- Blaby: 457 cases per 100,000 (464 cases confirmed in the last seven days)
- Charnwood: 329.8 cases per 100,000 (613)
- Harborough: 383.8 cases per 100,000 (360)
- Hinckley and Bosworth: 366.8 cases per 100,000 (415)
- Melton: 289 cases per 100,000 (148)
- North West Leicestershire: 368.7 cases per 100,000 (382)
- Oadby and Wigston: 542 cases per 100,000 (309)