Nearly 2,500 new cases of Covid-19 recorded in Sheffield in the most recent week for which figures are available.

Nearly 2,500 new cases of the coronavirus were recorded in Sheffield in the most recent week for which figures are available.

Saturday, 24th October 2020, 11:26 am

During the seven days to October 19, there were 2,485 cases recorded – but that is a fall from the previous week, up to October 12, which had seen 2,649 new cases.

The Covid figures are based on based on Public Health England data published on October 23

The rate per 100,000 for the week to October 19 was 414.5, down from 452.9 the previous week.

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Medical staff wearing full PPE (personal protective equipment), including a face mask, long aprons, and gloves as a precautionary measure against COVID-19, work on an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) ward treating patients with COVID-19, at Frimley Park Hospital in Frimley, southwest England on May 22, 2020. - Britain's number of deaths "involving" the coronavirus has risen to 46,000, substantially higher than the 36,914 fatalities officially reported so far, according to a statistical update released Tuesday. (Photo by Steve Parsons / POOL / AFP) (Photo by STEVE PARSONS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Barnsley has the highest number of cases per 100,000 at present with 489.7 – a total of 1,209 in the past seven days, up from 326.5 per 100,000, or 806 cases, the previous week.

Rotherham had 414.5 coronavirus cases per 100,000 in the week to October 19 – a total of 1,100 in the past seven days, up from 300.3 per 100,000, or 797 cases, the previous week.

Doncaster had 397.3 cases per 100,000 in the week to October 19 – a total of 1,239 in the past seven days, up from 232.5 per 100,000, or 725 cases, the previous week.

Data for the most recent four days (October 20-23) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

The numbers continue to fall in some of the areas with the highest rates in England but have continued to rise across other local authorities.

In Knowsley, Merseyside, 999 new cases were recorded in the seven days to October 19, the equivalent of 662.2 cases per 100,000 people - the highest rate in England.

Blackburn with Darwen in Lancashire has the second highest rate, up from 466.3 to 634.6, with 950 new cases.

But Liverpool and Nottingham, in fourth and fifth place respectively, have both seen significant drops in their rates.

In Liverpool the rate has fallen from 690.7 to 571.6, with 2,847 new cases.

Nottingham saw the largest drop in the country, down from 895.2 to 563.8, with 1,877 new cases.

Case rates have also continued to decrease in the cities of Newcastle, Exeter, Sheffield, Manchester and Oxford.

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