How Derbyshire's Covid-19 cases rapidly increased during October

Thursday, November 5th, 2020 2:19pm

By Eddie Bisknell, Local Democracy Reporter @EddieBisk

There were nearly eight times as many cases of Covid-19 in Derbyshire in October than during September, with more than 10,500 confirmed cases.

The county and city saw 1,264 reported cases in the first week of the month which tripled to 3,645 cases in the final week of October (25-31).

The day with the most new cases was Wednesday, October 28 with 609 cases – the only time the county and city has surpassed 600 daily cases to date.

Meanwhile, the lowest number of cases during a single day in October was 138 on Sunday, October 4 – a quarter of the amount.

Derby saw 12 consecutive days in which it surpassed 100 new daily reported cases – from October 19-30.

This dropped to 97 on October 31, breaking the chain, but has returned to more than 100 per day in November so far.

The areas which saw the largest increases in case numbers were Chesterfield, with a 10.7 increase, followed by the Derbyshire Dales with 10.4 and Erewash with 9.3.

During October, Glossopdale spent 18 days in extra Tier 2 measures, with 22 in total up until lockdown.

Chesterfield, Erewash and North East Derbyshire spent 15 days in Tier 2 during October, with 19 days up to lockdown.

Amber Valley, Bolsover, the Derbyshire Dales, Derby, the remainder of the High Peak and South Derbyshire spent just one day in Tier 2 during October with five days under those restrictions prior to lockdown.

Areas of Derbyshire which remained free of added restrictions the longest saw the fastest rates of new infections.

The highest rates of cases in the county are in Bolsover, South Derbyshire and Derby, which only saw extra restrictions on Saturday, October 31 – the same day national lockdown was announced.

Most areas of the county continue to see increasing Covid-19 case rates per 100,000 people in the most recent week – October 26 to November 1 – however there are some small drops as we head start the second national lockdown.

The majority of the county has rates of infection more than double the national average.

Bolsover’s rate continues to rise and has the highest rate of new cases in the county and the only area above 400 infections per 100,000 people at 427.

Despite its smaller population it clocked almost as many new cases in a week (344) as larger county rivals North East Derbyshire (346), Chesterfield (348) and Erewash (373).

Similarly, South Derbyshire clocked 428 new cases, the most of any district in the county and substantially more than Erewash, despite it being home to fewer people.

Derby continues to sit above Nottingham and Leicester with its gap above its rival East Midlands cities growing daily, despite negligible decreases in its weekly rate of infections.

South Derbyshire has the second highest rate of cases in the county and has dipped to just below 400 at 399 cases per 100,000 people in the week to November 1.

Here are the rates of new cases per 100,000 people for each Derbyshire district in the week October 26 to November 1, followed by the corresponding number of new cases:

Amber Valley: 309 cases per 100,000 people, 396 new cases

Bolsover: 427, 344

Chesterfield: 332, 348

Derbyshire Dales: 181, 131

Derby: 381, 980

Erewash: 323, 373

High Peak: 309, 286

North East Derbyshire: 341, 346

South Derbyshire: 399, 428

The national average rate of new cases per 100,000 people for the week to November 1 is 156.

For comparison, Liverpool has a rate of 330 cases per 100,000 people in the same week with 1,644 new cases; Leicester 357 with 1,263 new cases; Nottingham 368 with 1,226 new cases; Sheffield 402 with 2,350 new cases; and Manchester 466 with 2,579 cases.

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