Health officials diagnosed 126 new coronavirus cases in the city and county in the latest 24-hour reporting period.
There have been 64 new infections in the city and 62 in the wider county since yesterday, according to today’s update from the Department of Health and Social Care.
Charnwood, including Loughborough and Shepshed, reported 30 new cases, while Blaby saw 12 infections confirmed.
Harborough, Hinckley and Bosworth and Melton all reported five further cases.
Oadby and Wigston’s total rose by two, while in North West Leicestershire, which includes the towns of Coalville and Ashby, three new infections have been recorded.
The number of people known to have contracted the virus locally since the pandemic began now stands at 83,374.
The new cases, updated today at 4pm, mean that the total number of cases across the city and county since the start of the pandemic area by area are :
Hinckley and Bosworth: 6,264
North West Leicestershire: 6,178
Oadby and Wigston: 5,025
Leicestershire residents have been urged to help stem the recent rise in virus infection rates, with cases more than doubling in the past week.
The warning came from public health officials as the number of new infections exceeded 100 for the past few days – the highest daily totals since March 31 .
Also today, a study has concluded there is no evidence to support taking vitamin D supplements to prevent or treat Covid-19.
In response to suggestions that vitamin D could reduce the risk of acute respiratory tract infections and Covid-19, health officials launched a rapid review of evidence.
Officials from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence – NICE – examined five studies on the novel coronavirus and vitamin D.
They concluded that there is currently no evidence to support the theory that taking vitamin D supplements reduces the risk or severity of Covid-19.
Paul Chrisp, director of the Centre for Guidelines at NICE, said: “While there are health benefits associated with vitamin D, our rapid evidence summary did not identify sufficient evidence to support the use of vitamin D supplements for the treatment or prevention of Covid-19.”
The latest weekly infection rates, area by area, are:
Leicester: 86.7 cases per 100,000
Blaby: 58.1 cases per 100,000
Charnwood: 59.2 cases per 100,000
Harborough: 26.7 cases per 100,000
Hinckley and Bosworth: 28.3 cases per 100,000
Melton: 31.2 cases per 100,000
North West Leicestershire: 26.1 cases per 100,000
Oadby and Wigston: 17.5 cases per 100,000
Currently, the national average is 35 cases per 100,000. However, rates are falling across the city and county.
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