The number of new daily coronavirus cases has risen by more than 190 in the last 24 hours.
There have been 194 new infections identified across the city and county in the last 24 hours – 91 in Leicester and 103 in the county.
Broken down to district and borough level, all areas saw another increase in numbers compared to recent days.
Charnwood added 17 new cases to its rolling toll with Oadby and Wigston confirming 13 new cases.
Blaby recorded 22 cases, Melton added 13 cases and North West Leicestershire confirmed 15 new infections.
Hinckley and Bosworth recorded 17 new cases.
The new cases, updated today at 4pm, mean that the total number of cases across the city and countysince the start of the pandemic area by area are:
Leicester: 21,235 (+91)
Blaby: 3,949 (+22)
Charnwood: 7,472 (+17)
Harborough: 2,655 (+6)
Hinckley and Bosworth: 3,193 (+17)
Melton: 1,533 (+13)
North West Leicestershire: 2,935 (+15)
Oadby and Wigston: 3,101 (+13)
The Government said a further 316 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Sunday, bringing the UK total to 70,752.
The Government said that, as of 9am on Sunday, there had been a further 30,501 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.
It brings the total number of cases in the UK to 2,288,345.
But the figures for deaths and cases are likely to be higher as Scotland is not releasing death data between December 24 and 28, and Northern Ireland is not providing either case or death data over the same period.
In other coronavirus news, The Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has reportedly told allies he’s facing an “enormous battle” to reopen schools in England after the Christmas break.
A crunch meeting will be held by the Government next week over whether allow schools to open again in January, reports the Mirror.
Mr Williamson is said to be keen to get schools back to normal but scientists are calling for a full lockdown as Covid cases continue to rise.
Experts have warned closing schools may be the only way to keep the new coronavirus strain under control.
Officials from Downing Street and the Department for Education are being held on Monday.
A source told the Sunday Telegraph : “Gavin is trying to keep them open, which is why he rolled out the testing stuff early.
“He’s facing an enormous battle. It’s the lockdowners (he’s fighting).”
The latest seven-day infection rates, area by area, are:
Leicester: 309.1 cases per 100,000
Blaby: 235.4 cases per 100,000
Charnwood: 214.2 cases per 100,000
Harborough: 242 cases per 100,000
Hinckley and Bosworth: 214.8 cases per 100,000
Melton: 208.9 cases per 100,000
North West Leicestershire: 220.1 cases per 100,000
Oadby and Wigston: 356 cases per 100,000
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