New figures reveal that there were just under 1,000 coronavirus cases in Leicestershire over the last two weeks.
The latest seven-day rates up to 1 October show that the only district above the national average of 100 cases for every 100,000 people is Oadby and Wigston which has a rate of 112.
Around 170 extra cases have now been added in following Public Health England's IT issue which means that there were over 450 coronavirus cases in Leicestershire last week – a third more than initially reported.
Although Leicestershire’s rate of 65.6 per 100,000 people is below the national and East Midlands averages, the County Council’s director of public health, Mike Sandys, says the latest data signals the arrival of a second wave.
Adding in the extra figures means that we now believe the rate in the last week to be at least a third higher than previously thought. Whilst levels are below national benchmarks, it’s clear that the second wave is real and happening now.Person:Mike Sandys, director of public health, Leicestershire County Council
“It remains down to us to stem the rise and changing our behaviour is the trick. It’s human nature to perhaps find it easier to adopt social distancing in the work place, for instance, but not be as diligent on the commute. Or to closely follow the rules on household mixing but join in a crowded chat at the school gates.
“It’s about doing the right thing – and by following social distancing, wearing a face covering, washing your hands and adhering to the rules, you’re playing your part.”
The national average is 100 cases for every 100,000 people and the East Midlands rate is 85 per 100,000 people.