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Coronavirus in Leicester

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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

The first laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19 in Leicester was on 11 March. There have been 8,835 confirmed cases in the city to 16 October. In recent weeks positive tests have continued to increase and have exceeded our weekly peak in June.

Cases per 100,000 population

Leicester’s seven day rate of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population has been higher than the England rate since early May. Leicester’s rate was substantially higher than England during June and July. After falling in August, the seven day rate has increased for Leicester and England overall since the beginning of September.

Percentage of positive tests

In the last 28 days to the 16 October there have been an average of 561 COVID-19 tests per day in Leicester. During October the daily percentage of tests which are positive has generally been between 15% and 20%.


Positive tests by area

There have been 1,382 lab confirmed COVID-19 positive tests across the city in the last two weeks to 16 October. There have been cases in every area of the city, with concentrations in some areas.


Percentage of under 18s who have tested positive

There are about 90,000 0 to 18 year olds resident in Leicester city.  About 1% (n=934) have had a COVID-19 positive test up to 9th October 2020. However, there has been an increase in positive tests amongst children in September. During the pandemic there have been 21 COVID-19 hospital admissions and 0 COVID-19 deaths for 0 to 18 year olds in Leicester.


Hospital admissions

There have been 912 UHL hospital admissions for Leicester residents diagnosed with COVID-19 up to 16 October. COVID-19 admissions have increased in September and October.


Cases in care homes

The number of COVID-19 cases in care homes has remained low in early October 2020.


Deaths from coronavirus and other causes

There have been 2,239 deaths in Leicester up until 9 October 2020, based on average mortality data for 2015-2019 we would expect 1,986 deaths for this period. This reveals an excess of 253 deaths in Leicester during 2020. The number of COVID-19 deaths in Leicester is 338.