Coronavirus infection rate in Sheffield rose by a third after rules relaxed for Christmas

The coronavirus infection rate in Sheffield rose by almost one third in the seven days after the rules were relaxed to allow Christmas mixing.

Tuesday, 5th January 2021, 8:26 am

The city’s infection rate jumped to 226 per 100,000 people in the week ending 31 December from 177 in the previous seven days.

During this time, 1320 people in Sheffield tested positive for the illness, up from 1032 the week before.

Still, the infection rate was considerably smaller than the national average for this period of 453.

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Studies show the majority of people develop coronavirus symptoms five days after exposure.

The latest data shows coronavirus cases have risen in 93 per cent of England's 315 local authority areas.

Barking & Dagenham in London continues to have the highest rate in England, with 3,143 new cases recorded in the seven days to December 31.

A third national lockdown has begun in England as of today (Tuesday, 5 January) and is expected to last until at least mid-February.