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Areas with the most coronavirus cases identified as Christmas approaches

Nottingham has recorded more than 4,300 positive cases of coronavirus over the last seven days.

The joint Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council surveillance report shows the rise of coronavirus across the city and county.

 

In Nottingham over the last seven days up to December 18 there have been 4,305 cases.

The highest rates of infection are among the 0-19 age ranges and 20 to 29 age groups. Over 70s and over 80s only make up around one per cent of cases.

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In Nottingham, more females (53.3 per cent) are testing positive compared to men (46.7 per cent).

The results take in both pillar one (NHS hospital and Public Health lab confirmed tests) and pillar two (commercial partner lab tests).

The rise in coronavirus cases nationally has been attributed to the Omicron variant, which originated in South Africa and is said to be more transmissible.

In the East Midlands, the government had recorded 7,996 confirmed cases of Omicron on December 22. Across England there are 69,147 confirmed cases.

Coronavirus figures for each local authority for the seven days up to December 18 were:

Ashfield – 770 cases

Bassetlaw – 507 cases

Broxtowe – 1,231 cases

Gedling – 1,179 cases

Mansfield – 806 cases

Newark and Sherwood – 1,049 cases

Nottingham – 4,305 cases

Rushcliffe – 1,274 cases

On Friday, 17 December Public Health bosses held a media briefing to describe the situation locally.

Lucy Hubber, Director of Public Health in Nottingham, said: “It has never been more important to think about the actions we can take to protect ourselves and those around us.

“Vaccination is one of those. We are now seeing in Nottingham city case rates for the first time in months being higher than the national average.

“We have got a lot of Covid circulating in our population and it looks set to continue to increase. We have got 70 per cent of our over 18s having a first dose and 65 per cent of over 18s having a second dose.

“I would encourage all those people to come forward and get vaccinated now. There are new slots for the booster arriving daily.

“Each time you have a vaccine your body gets better and better at fighting Covid, especially this new Omicron variant.”

Jonathan Gribbin, Director of Public Health in Nottinghamshire, added: “In Nottinghamshire county, we have very high levels of transmission. There are still more than 600 people every day testing positive for coronavirus.

“We have direct pressures on our NHS and social care system – these are widespread and substantial and it looks like they may be set to rise further.

“There has been a sharper increase in rates among younger adults aged 18 to 22 and we are also seeing increases in rates in older adults too. The booster programme is of the utmost importance.

“I am urging people who have not had their first or second dose to do that – that offer is still there for you – and for people who have had their second dose more than three months ago to come forward really quickly for the booster dose. It is the best defence we have this Christmas.”

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