Covid-19 cases falling in Derbyshire but remain high

Tuesday, February 9th, 2021 3:28pm

By Eddie Bisknell, Local Democracy Reporter @EddieBisk

The number of weekly Covid-19 cases across Derbyshire has now fallen by half since the early January peak.

The county peaked at 5,161 cases in the week to January 8. This has fallen to 2,551 cases in the week to February 5, according to the most recent reliable data.

Further reductions in cases week on week now leave the county and city in a similar position to before Christmas, although this does mean that infection levels are still excessively high.

For context, in the week to September 14, the county saw 245 new cases. Derbyshire is currently recording around 300 new infections every day.

The county and city still have an extremely long way to go before infection levels are manageable again. However, it is clear to see that case numbers are falling consistently, albeit more slowly than after previous lockdowns and tiered restrictions.

Derby is now seeing consecutive days with new infections totalling less than a hundred.

Derby itself is seeing more than 700 cases a week, half the number Derbyshire saw in the  whole of September.

However, this is a significant reduction from the city’s weekly high of more than 1,700 in early January.

The Derbyshire Dales is the only part of the county with infection levels lower than England’s local area average (199 per 100,000 people) with 177 per 100,000 people.

Derby now has an infection rate which is lower than its fellow East Midlands cities with 307 per 100,000 people, compared to 326 in Leicester and 329 in Nottingham.

All three cities sit firmly above the national average infection rate.

Here are the infection rates per 100,000 people for each area of Derbyshire, in the week to February 4:

Amber Valley: 268 cases per 100,000 people

Bolsover: 331

Chesterfield: 231

Derbyshire Dales: 177

Derby: 307

Erewash: 257

High Peak: 208

North East Derbyshire: 213

South Derbyshire: 236

The national average is 199 per 100,000 people in the week to February 4.

In that same week, Leicester had an infection rate of 326 per 100,000 people, while Nottingham had 329.

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