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Coronavirus in Leicester (ALPHA Test site)

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Coronavirus data for Leicester

Understanding the rates of COVID-19 infection across the city is essential for us to act quickly to manage any local outbreaks. To show a full and accurate picture, case data is analysed mid-week to allow for any time lags in laboratory confirmed cases.

Number of coronavirus cases

There have been 6,208 confirmed cases in the city to 11 September. Confirmed positive tests peaked in the week up to the 26 June and have now gradually fallen, however there has been an increase in September.

Percentage of positive tests

In the last 28 days to the 11 September there have been an average of 700 COVID-19 tests a day in Leicester. The percentage of positive tests has fluctuated between 1% and 7%, and has increased in September.


Positive tests by area

COVID-19 positive tests have been identified across the city in the last two weeks to 11 September, with some concentrations in certain areas.


Changes in the pattern of infection

In the last four weeks we have seen the pattern of COVID-19 infections change in Leicester. In the maps below we can see how the concentrations of positive cases in Belgrave and North Evington eased towards the end of August. In the first week of September you can see a much wider spread of positive tests across the city.


Percentage of under 18s who have tested positive

There are about 90,000 0 to 18 year olds resident in Leicester city. Less than 1% (n=628) have had a COVID-19 positive test. However, there has been an increase in positive tests amongst children in Septmeber. During the pandemic there have been 16 COVID-19 hospital admissions and 0 COVID-19 deaths for 0 to 18 year olds in Leicester.


Hospital admissions

There have been 820 Leicester resident UHL hospital admissions for COVID-19 up to 11 September. The recent increase in positive tests has not been replicated in admissions and COVID-19 admissions in September remain low.


Cases in care homes

The number of COVID-19 cases in care homes has been falling in recent weeks.


Deaths from coronavirus and other causes

There have been 2011 deaths in Leicester up until 4 September 2020, based on average mortality data for 2015-2019 we would expect 1762 deaths for this period. This reveals an excess of 249 deaths in Leicester during 2020. The number of COVID-19 deaths in Leicester is 326.