More than 500 new coronavirus infections have been detected across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland in the past 24 hours – taking the running total to more than 22,200.
Health officials released the latest figures as the country braced itself for more stringent lockdown restrictions this evening.
The total rose by 510 in the most recent 24-hour reporting period, it was confirmed this afternoon.
Area by area statistics reveal the differing experiences of people living across the city and county.
A total of 263 people in Leicester tested positive for the virus, meaning almost 11,000 people have contracted it since the pandemic began.
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Meanwhile, Charnwood, a borough which includes Loughborough and its university, recorded 80 new cases, taking its running total beyond 3,700.
At the other end of the scale, the county of Rutland’s running total increased by three cases, meaning it has seen 332 people develop the illness.
The local government areas of Blaby district, Oadby and Wigston and Hinckley and Bosworth collectively saw a further 94 confirmed infections.
The Market Harborough area and North West Leicestershire, including the towns of Ashby and Coalville, which both passed the 1,000 cases milestone earlier this week, recorded 18 and 40 infections respectively.
The local cumulative (since the start of the pandemic) figures for Saturday, October 31 are:
Leicester: 10,971 total cases. Rate per 100,000 population: 3,097
Blaby: 1,666 total cases. Rate per 100,000 population: 1,641
Charnwood: 3,724 total cases. Rate per 100,000 population: 2,003
Harborough: 1,105 total cases. Rate per 100,000 population: 1,178
Hinckley and Bosworth: 1,401 total cases. Rate per 100,000 population: 1,238
Melton: 539 total cases. Rate per 100,000 population: 1,052
North West Leicestershire: 1,043 total cases. Rate per 100,000 population: 1,006
Oadby and Wigston: 1,417 total cases. Rate per 100,000 population: 2,485
Rutland: 332 total cases. Rate per 100,000 population: 831
Meanwhile, one salon in the city told LeicestershireLive today that she is seeing evidence of people ‘panic buying’ haircuts.
Hair salon owner Sandra Potts said she had been forced to turn away customers from DJ’s Groom Room & Sandra May’s Hair Studio, in Cank Street, with the threat of a national lockdown looming.
Also today, Leicestershire Police said its officers would be out on patrol this evening to tackle antisocial behaviour and covid rule breaches associated with Halloween.
Earlier, officers who cover the Market Harborough area said they had encountered a group of up to 50 youths drinking and playing music in a park in Kibworth last night.
The officers warned the youths they could bring the virus back home to their loved ones.
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