Sheffield daily coronavirus cases top 100 for first time since March as infection rate soars

The number of daily coronavirus cases being recorded in Sheffield has topped 100 for only the second time ever – and the first since March.

Friday, 25th September 2020, 2:00 pm

Another 105 people in the city tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday, September 24, according to the latest government figures.

That is the most in a single day since March 30, at the peak of the pandemic, when there were 110 confirmed cases, though it should be noted that data for the most recent days is less reliable as it more likely to be revised.

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More than 100 people in Sheffield tested positive for coronavirus in a single day

Sheffield’s weekly infection rate has climbed sharply, with 368 confirmed cases recorded during the seven days to Monday, September 21, giving a rate of 62.9 per 100,000 people – up from 46.2 the previous week.

Sheffield is currently listed as an ‘area of concern’ on the Government’s coronavirus watchlist, which is updated at the end of every week.

That is the lowest of three categories on the list, the others being an area of ‘enhanced support’, which could get additional resources to step up testing or improve community engagement; and an area of ‘intervention’, which could face local lockdown restrictions.

Bolton has the highest weekly infection rate in England, with 218.4 cases per 100,000 people recorded in the week ending September 21.

It is one of four local authorities with infection rates of over 200, with a further 28 having infection rates of 100 or above.

Sheffield's latest weekly infection rate is the 48th highest in England.

Elsewhere in South Yorkshire, the weekly infection rate in Doncaster has more than doubled, from 22.8 to 47.1, in Rotherham it has increased from 41.1 to 52.4, and in Barnsley it has risen from 26.3 to 34.0.

Data for the most recent three days is excluded when calculating weekly infection rates as it is incomplete and likely to be revised.

Across the UK on Thursday, 6,634 people tested positive for coronavirus, the highest number of new cases recorded in a single day.

Since the pandemic began, 19,325,203 tests have been carried out in the UK and 416,363 people have tested positive for Covid-19.