NOTTINGHAM RECORDS THE BIGGEST DAILY RISE IN COVID-10 SINCE THE PANDEMIC BEGAN
Andrew Topping (Nottingham Post Monday 5 October 2020) reported that more than 650 new cases of Covid-19 had been recorded in Nottingham in the space of just 24 hours. Nottingham is now one of the worst affected areas for Covid-19 cases raising concerns about a local lockdown.
More than 650 cases of Covid-19 recorded in Nottingham in one day
The city's case total has surpassed 3,000
More than 650 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in Nottingham in the space of just 24 hours, latest data shows.
The daily figures from Public Health England show 652 positive tests of the virus were registered in the city up to 9pm on Sunday (October 4).
It is the biggest daily rise in Covid-19 numbers across the city since the pandemic began, and is more than 300 cases higher than the total amount recorded across the wider Nottinghamshire county in the same period - 337 cases.
It takes the total number of cases recorded in Nottingham since the pandemic started to more than 3,000.
This number hit the 2,000 total last week.
It comes just days after the city's public health director warned that the authority would be willing to "act accordingly" if cases continued to rise.
At this point, 129 new cases of Covid-19 had been recorded in the 24 hours prior to her comments.
For context, the number of cases recorded in locked down Leicester yesterday was 181 - 3.6 times fewer than the number in Nottingham.
Speaking to Nottinghamshire Live on Friday (October 2), Alison Challenger, director of public health in Nottingham, described the situation as "rapidly changing".
She said: "It's a rapidly changing picture, and the numbers you see one day may be quite different from the numbers you might see the next, or the following week.
"Things are changing very quickly, the numbers are going up very quickly, and that is both nationally and locally.
"Our aim is to really try and stay on top of the latest information that we have available.
"We will exhaust every possible local measure that we can to try and make sure there is compliance. That is our first line.
"But if we do see areas that would benefit from - or have risks that could be reduced through - having additional measures put in place, then we will certainly look to apply those measures.
"At this stage we are not saying we would be looking to have a local lockdown, I don't think we could say that today.
"But I think it's important to be mindful that this changes from day to day, and we will continue to watch very closely and act accordingly."
Nottingham City Council has been contacted for further comment after the sharp rise on Sunday.
The Nottingham rise comes as each other area in Nottinghamshire recorded double-figure increases in their Covid-19 cases.
Current breakdown of confirmed infections for each part of Nottinghamshire in the last 24 hours:
- Ashfield - 863 ( increase of 48 )
- Bassetlaw - 801 ( increase of 32 )
- Broxtowe - 785 ( increase of 76 )
- Gedling - 612 ( increase of 45 )
- Mansfield - 553 ( increase of 22 )
- Newark and Sherwood - 724 ( increase of 39 )
- Nottingham - 3,009 ( increase of 652 )
- Rushcliffe - 728 ( increase of 75 )