The key Covid statistic in Sheffield which is the lowest it's been since September

Sheffield’s Covid case rate may have stopped falling but there’s one key statistic which is now the lowest it’s been in the city for six months.

Friday, 2nd April 2021, 9:13 pm

Sheffield’s latest weekly infection rate of 124.8 new cases per 100,000 people during the seven days to March 28 is the 12th highest in England.

It is now slightly down on the previous week after a recent rise which was put down largely to the increased testing taking place as pupils returned to school.

But the positivity rate – the percentage of tests coming back positive – is now the lowest it’s been since September.

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Health bosses in Sheffield are urging people to stay cautious as the city's Covid case rate remains high

It stands at around five per cent, having been above 15 per cent in October.

That’s according to the latest update from the experts at Sheffield Council, issued today, Friday, April 2.

Regarding the increase in cases since schools reopened, the council says: “This is most likely because we have been looking for cases, finding them early to stop further spread. There are signs the rate is stabilising amongst children and working age adults.”

The council says that with around 220,000 people now having been vaccinated in Sheffield, the impact is being seen in the falling number of Covid patients in the city’s hospitals and the lower rate among over-65s, who are most likely to have had the jab.

But it says Covid cases remain high and people should continue to act with caution and follow the rules as one in 10 people contracting the virus will develop long-term health issues.