Leicestershire moves into top tier

Published: Thu 26 November, 2020

The latest coronavirus rates show progress but there’s still work to do to drive down rates, says Leicestershire County Council’s Director of Public Health.

Today (Thursday), the Government has announced that Leicestershire will move into tier three on 2 December after the national lockdown ends.

Although rates have dropped over the past few days, figures for each district and the county remain above the national average.

Mike Sandys, Leicestershire County Council’s director of public health, said: “Over the past few days, rates have started to fall and we’ve made some progress. But it’s important to put this into perspective. Figures are over 20 per cent down compared to this time last week but they’re still worse than the day we went into lockdown. Leicestershire’s average is significantly higher than the national level so there is still work to do.

“Whatever the level, it’s still vital we all do the right thing. There could be tough times ahead in January so let’s not undo the good work so far.”

Nick Rushton, Leader of Leicestershire County Council, said: “With the vaccine around the corner, the situation is looking more promising. But we still need everyone to observe the guidance to avoid a bleak start to 2021.

“We are continuing to lead the fight against this deadly virus. By keeping people safe, delivering food parcels, pinpointing hot spots, taking enforcement action and more, we’re doing everything we can to bring rates down. We know our area and our residents and have the expertise – and are getting ready to roll out the new lateral flow test kits in hot spots.”

The latest figures show Leicestershire's rate for every 100,000 people is 305 - compared to England's figure of 218. 

Oadby and Wigston has the highest (424), followed by Blaby (361), North West Leicestershire (310), Harborough (298), Melton (289.0), Charnwood (271.7) and Hinckley and Bosworth (257).

Data relates to time period – 14 to 20 November.

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