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Derby suburb is a Covid hotspot despite restrictions ending

A Derby suburb has the highest rate of coronavirus cases in the county despite an overall reduction in virus numbers over the past few weeks.

Littleover West and Heatherton is the only area which has recorded over 1,600 cases per 100,000 people anywhere in Derbyshire in the week up to February 3, with several other areas recording over 1,000 cases.

The figures come despite an overall reduction in cases nationwide which has seen the national seven-day average of positive cases drop by thousands in days.

The areas of Derbyshire with the highest rates of Covid infection per 100,000 people are:

Littleover West and Heatherton: 1,667.4 (158 cases in the seven days up to February 3)

Mickleover North: 1,496.9 (127 cases in the seven days up to February 3)

Chellaston West and Shelton Lock: 1,278.9 (109 cases in the seven days up to February 3)

Chellaston East: 1,231.0 (86 cases in the seven days up to February 3)

Mickleover South: 1,215.3 (84 cases in the seven days up to February 3)

Mackworth: 1,101.3 (96 cases in the seven days up to February 3)

Chaddesden Park: 1,089.0 (94 cases in the seven days up to February 3)

Willington North, Findern & Stenson Fields: 1,083.5 (114 cases in the seven days up to February 3)

Hatton & Burnaston: 1,028.5 (79 cases in the seven days up to February 3)

Allenton and Osmaston: 1,028.2 (124 cases in the seven days up to February 3)

Littleover East: 1,017.6 (77 cases in the seven days up to February 3)

Willington South & Repton: 1,004.7 (72 cases in the seven days up to February 3)

Normanton West: 1,002.9 (62 cases in the seven days up to February 3)



Pictured is a map of Covid hotspots in Derby and Derbyshire, as of February 3, 2022.
Covid hotspots in Derby and Derbyshire, as of February 3, 2022.

The figures come as case rates around the UK continue to fall following a spike earlier this year caused by the more infectious Omicron variant.

Around 66,500 cases were recorded nationwide on Tuesday, February 8, compared to over 100,000 on February 1.

Plan B measures, such as a return to home working and the reintroduction of mask-wearing in most settings, were dropped on Thursday, January 27 as the country looks to move to living with the virus.

Measures concerning care homes were also relaxed on January 31.

Buxton South & East is the only area of Derbyshire which had less than 400 cases per 100,000 people as of February 3, recording a case rate of 379.9.

While many areas of Derbyshire are recording case rates between 400 and 799, some areas – such as Darley Dale & Stanton, Spital & Hasland,Kilburn & Horsley and Belper Town are recording rates between 800 and 1,599.

Meanwhile, a Derby health expert who has been on the frontline of the fight against Covid has warned people to be vigilant to the emergence of new variants.

Dr Robyn Dewis, Derby City Council’s head of public health, said that, although case numbers have improved in the city in recent weeks, Covid is “not going away” and people must remain careful despite the recent change of guidance.

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The high case rates come as some parts of Derby still only have around a quarter of eligible residents who are fully vaccinated.

Just 25.5 per cent of residents in New Normanton have received their booster dose, with Rose Hill & Castleward and Normanton North & Peartree also recording rates of just 26.3 per cent and 27.8 per cent respectively, in the seven days up to and including February 7.

However, 53.6 per cent of people across Derby generally have had their third shot, as well as 69.9 per cent of those eligible across the rest of Derbyshire.

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