There are now almost 9,300 cases of coronavirus across Leicestershire, according to figures released today (August 29).
Nationwide, the death toll now stands at 41,498 and 332,752 people have tested positive for Covid-19.
This represents an increase of 12 and 1,108 respectively over the past 24 hours.
In our region, there have been increases in the number of cases in all but one area over the past 48 hours.
The cumulative total for the city of Leicester is currently 5,689.
And throughout Leicestershire, there have been 3,610 positive coronavirus tests since the beginning of the pandemic.
The figures updated at 4pm on Saturday August 29, are:
- Leicester – 5,689 total cases. Rate per 100,000 population: 1,606
- Blaby – 571 total cases – Rate per 100,000 population: 562.4
- Charnwood – 914 total cases – Rate per 100,000 population: 491.8
- Harborough – 422 total cases -. Rate per 100,000 population: 449.9
- Hinckley and Bosworth – 590 total cases – Rate per 100,000 population: 521.5
- Melton – 220 total cases – Rate per 100,000 population: 429
- North West Leicestershire – 348 total cases – Rate per 100,000 population: 335.9
- Oadby and Wigston – 545 total cases – Rate per 100,000 population: 955.9
- Oadby and Wigston – 541 total cases – Rate per 100,000 population: 948
Today (August 29), Teaching unions have criticised the Government for releasing guidance on schools in local lockdown areas just days before pupils are set to return to classrooms.
A “rota system” limiting the number of students attending secondary schools at any one time could be used in areas with a significant rise in Covid-19 cases, according to guidance for England.
But while the new guidelines were welcomed by school leaders, one union expressed a “weary, resigned sense of inevitability” at the timing.
Published by the Department for Education (DfE) on Friday evening, it came just before the bank holiday weekend, with millions of pupils returning to class next week for autumn term.
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