Coronavirus infection rate rises again in Sheffield

The coronavirus infection rate in Sheffield has risen again, latest figures show.

By Robert Cumber
Saturday, 15th August 2020, 6:16 pm

In the seven days to August 11, 130 confirmed cases of Covid-19 were recorded across the city, equating to a weekly infection rate of 22.2 new cases per 100,000 people.

The weekly rate – based on data published by Public Health England (PHE) today, Saturday, August 15 – is up from 15.4 for the seven days to August 9 and 14.0 for the week before that.

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The latest weekly coronavirus infection rate for Sheffield is 22.2 new cases per 100,000 population (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Before that, figures had been falling, leading to Sheffield being taken off the Government’s watchlist of areas where there is greatest concern about the spread of the virus.

There is no indication at this stage that the recent rise could lead to a local lockdown, like those seen in Leicester, Manchester and other parts of England.

The higher numbers of confirmed cases could be down to more testing taking place in the city.

Despite creeping up, Sheffield’s weekly infection rate remains considerably lower than many other parts of the country.

In Manchester, the latest rate is 41.2 cases per 100,000 people, while in Leicester it stands at 69.4.

Sheffield’s director of public health, Greg Fell, has encouraged people to get tested even if they show the mildest of symptoms and has stressed the importance of self-isolating when told to do so.

The weekly rate is calculated based on the results of tests carried out in healthcare settings and in the wider community, with data for the three most recent days (August 12-14) excluded as it is incomplete and likely to be revised.