One in every 10 Covid tests in Sheffield comes back positive
Sheffield is one of 300 councils in England that have a Covid test positivity rate of over five per cent, indicating the virus is out of control.
According to the latest UK Government data over the past seven days, as of September 9, 10.7 per cent of tests in the city were positive, meaning one in every 10 tests is coming back positive.
The World Health Organisation has set a five per cent threshold for determining if the pandemic is under control.
A test positivity rate of well over 10 per cent was also recorded in neighbouring towns.
Barnsley had a rate of 13.5 per cent, with one in every seven tests coming back positive, and Rotherham had a rate of 13 per cent, with one in every eight tests coming back positive.
The figures show just 16 councils have recorded a positive test rate of below five per cent.
Nationally, Corby recorded the highest positive test rate of 14.9 per cent followed by Blaby (14.5 per cene).
This means, one in every seven tests is coming back positive for the councils.
Meanwhile, Kensington and Chelsea recorded the lowest positivity rate of only 2.2 per cent, meaning only one in 50 tests is coming back positive.
It was reported that the number of new Covid cases has been on the rise in many parts of Sheffield since schools reopened after the summer holidays.
Of the 70 areas in Sheffield, the number of new cases increased between the week ending August 31 and the week ending September 7 in all but 27.
The average increase across Sheffield between those two weeks was 17 per cent.