Many parts of Derbyshire have seen a steady increase of Covid-19 infection rates, following the relaxing of coronavirus restrictions at the end of February. Although cases are rising, mass vaccinations mean that the mortality and hospitalization rates remain low.
In the last 7 days, 5,705 Covid cases. were recorded in Derbyshire and Derby. It is worth noting that whilst cases are increasing, infection rates are well below coronavirus rates at the start of 2022.
The latest Government data which includes cases up to March 11, show parts of the county have seen a spike in cases over the last week. For example, Dronfield Woodhouse and Holmesfield in North Derbyshire saw a rise of 43 cases – which is equal to an increase of 226 percent, whilst Mickleover South rose by 33 cases (137.5%)
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The most infectious area of Derbyshire is currently Ashbourne South, with the market town recording a case rate of 1,012 per 100,000 people. Second highest was Openwoodgate and Holbrook, near Belper which has a rate of 950 per 100,000 people.
At the other end of the spectrum, Normanton North and Peartree had the lowest case rate of 112.7, followed by New Normanton (174.2)
The areas in Derbyshire with the highest case rates:
(Area / case rate per 100,000 people)
- Ashbourne South – 1,012.4
- Openwoodgate and Holbrook – 950.6
- Dronfield Woodhouse and Holmesfield – 920.4
Duffield, Quarndon & Kirk Langley – 895.7
Allestree North – 870
Breadsall Hilltop – 834.3
Mickleover South – 824.7
There are fears that the rise in cases is due to the Deltacron variant entering the country. However, earlier this week Health Secretary Sajid Javid said that only a “handful” of cases of the so-called Deltacron had been identified in the UK.
Mr Javid told BBC Breakfast: “I think there’s only a handful of cases here in the UK, it’s not something that’s of particular concern to us at this point in time. We do keep the situation under review on a daily basis, but the dominant variant in the UK – 99.9% of infections are Omicron infections.
“And whilst the rate has gone up modestly in the last few days, that’s to be expected as we are now open as a country and there’s more social mixing, but there’s nothing in the data at this point in time that gives us any cause for concern. “