Hundreds of new Covid-19 cases in Derbyshire amid IT error

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 4:35pm

By Eddie Bisknell, Local Democracy Reporter @EddieBisk

Hundreds of new Covid-19 infections have been reported in Derby and Derbyshire following an IT error.

This comes as nearly 16,000 missing cases were added to the UK figures at the end of September.

In Derby and Derbyshire, there were 704 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the week September 25 to October 1.

This is nearly three times the number of infections reported in the county at the start of last month when 262 cases were confirmed.

It is also more than half the total number of cases in Derby and Derbyshire in September, which stood at 1,385.

In the county, Glossopdale continues to be a hotspot, making the High Peak the source of the highest number of cases out of all the districts and boroughs, with a rate of infection twice the national average and out of kilter with the rest of Derbyshire.

The cause for this is said to be Glossopdale’s vicinity to Tameside and Greater Manchester, where local restrictions are in place.

Residents in Glossopdale are more likely to travel into Manchester for work and leisure as opposed to into Derbyshire, according to the county’s public health director Dean Wallace.

The areas of Derbyshire which border Nottinghamshire have not seen the surge in infections that has hit the city of Nottingham where local lockdown measures are expected to come into force later this week.

The 704 confirmed cases in Derbyshire were in the following districts and boroughs:

Amber Valley – 75

Bolsover – 43

Chesterfield – 62

Derbyshire Dales – 25

Derby – 167

Erewash – 88

High Peak – 93

North East Derbyshire – 89

South Derbyshire – 62

Up until the inclusion of the missing data (which was for September 25 through to October 2) the highest number of new cases confirmed in the county and city within 24 hours in the past month was 92.

However, following the inclusion of the absent cases there were four consecutive days with higher totals, which were:

September 28 – 111 cases

September 29 – 103 cases

September 30 – 160 cases

October 1 – 132 cases

During the week September 25 to October 1 the local areas with the most new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Derby and Derbyshire were:

Dinting, Simmondley & Charlesworth – High Peak – 14

Hadfield East – High Peak – 13

Sunny Hill – Derby – 13

Breaston & Draycott – Erewash – 13

Sinfin – Derby – 12

Ilkeston Town – Erewash – 12

Ashover & Tupton – North East Derbyshire – 12

Belper Far Laund – Amber Valley – 11

The rate of new Covid-19 infections across Derbyshire has also spiked following the late surge in cases at the end of September and early October. All areas of Derbyshire, minus the Dales, are above average area in England.

There were sharp increases in rates of infection, with the rate in Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales, Derby, Erewash and North East Derbyshire doubling.

Here are the rate of cases per 100,000 people for the week September 26 to October 2:

Amber: 64, up from 38 the week before

Bolsover: 56, up from 32

Chesterfield: 53 up from 21

Dales: 41 up from 11

Derby: 66 up from 33

Erewash: 78 up from 38

High Peak: 105 up from 62

NED: 86 up from 37

South Derbs: 57 up from 34

The average area in England is now 52, up from 28.

For context, the number of cases per 100,000 people in Manchester has surged from 289 to 529, while it has increased from 81 to 130 in Leicester.

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