New Derbyshire Covid hotspot as case rates increase by 60 percent in one week

The number of Covid-19 infections in the local area is still seeing another increase, with one part of Derbyshire showing more cases than any other. West Hallam, close to Ilkeston and part of Erewash Borough Council, has seen a significant increase in the number of Covid cases in the area over the past week.

From the seven days to 26 March, there were 100 registered cases of Covid-19 infections in the area, a rise of 40 cases in the past week. This is an increase of 66.7 percent.

This means that West Hallam has a rolling case rate of 1619.7 cases per 100,000 people – the highest in the local area.

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Other areas of Derby saw lower rates, including Normanton South with only 34 cases, Mickleover North with 84 and Chaddesden Park with 92. Other parts of Derbyshire have also seen a drop in cases in recent weeks, with Hathersage, Bradwell and Tideswell seeing 51 cases, Dronfield South and Gosforth Lane with 54 cases, and Central Chesterfield with 80.

Across Derbyshire as a whole, there were 7,587 reported cases in the seven days to 26 March, with a case rate of 939.9 cases per 100,000 people. This is an increase of 652 cases and 9.4 percent in the past week.

Derby has also reported 2,117 cases, an increase of 298, with a case rate of 824.3 per 100,000 people.

Other local counties have seen similar rates of infection, with Nottinghamshire reporting 7,638 cases in the past week, and Leicestershire with 5,769.

Comparatively, there have been 535,248 reported cases of COVID-19 nationwide in the past seven days, with an average rate of 890 cases per 100,000 people.