Peterborough now has the best Covid an infection price in the UK, in response to the most recent Authorities knowledge.
The most recent statistics cowl the seven days to February 19 and present that Peterborough had the best rolling an infection price of any Higher Tier Native Authority or Unitary Authority within the nation.
Sure neighbourhoods and extra native areas had greater rolling charges within the knowledge, which is offered on the Authorities’s interactive Covid map, however Peterborough had the best price among the many UK’s higher native authorities, i.e – most cities and counties.
The town (which, within the knowledge, contains the complete space lined by Peterborough Metropolis Council Unitary Authority) had a Covid rolling price of 271.9 circumstances per 100,000 individuals within the newest knowledge.
This was because of the 550 whole circumstances within the space, which was a rise of 16 from the earlier seven-day interval.
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The town’s rolling price was solely marginally greater than the second-highest rolling an infection price within the nation, which was seen in Middlesbrough.
The Teeside city had a price of 267.4 within the newest knowledge on account of its 377 whole circumstances.
Different excessive charges have been discovered not removed from Peterborough. With 909 whole circumstances, Leicester had a rolling price of 256.6, whereas Sandwell, within the West Midlands, had 831 whole circumstances and a rolling price of 253.0.
Close by county Rutland had a rolling price of 240.4 and 96 whole circumstances.
A main issue of Peterborough’s excessive rolling price was a latest Covid outbreak on the privately-run HMP Peterborough.
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The Class B jail has the capability to deal with 480 males and 360 females in whole.
It’s positioned in Millfield & Bourges Boulevard, an space the place 114 of Peterborough’s whole circumstances have been discovered throughout the newest interval.
Millfield & Bourges Boulevard had a rolling price of 1,134.3, after the 72.7 p.c rise in circumstances.
Requested in regards to the outbreak on the jail earlier this week, a spokesperson for Sodexo, the corporate which runs HMP Peterborough, mentioned: “Various employees and prisoners on six of the 12 male wings inside HMP Peterborough lately examined constructive for Covid-19, considerably pushed by a mass testing train.
“The present state of affairs is nicely managed and beneath fixed overview. There are not any constructive circumstances on our feminine wings.
“We proceed to liaise with Public Well being England and the native authority to restrict transmission of the an infection and maintain employees and prisoners protected.”
Most different areas in Peterborough had rolling charges between 200 and 400, that are greater than most native areas within the nation.
Orton Malborne & Goldhay had a rolling price of 414.2, whereas Fengate & Parnwell’s was 297.8.
Nevertheless, the speed of 1,134.3 seen in Millfield & Bourges Boulevard is a major outlier and has pushed Peterborough to its place of getting the best rolling an infection price within the nation.
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A Peterborough Metropolis Council spokesperson mentioned earlier this week: “Any outbreaks in Peterborough are of concern to town council, nonetheless, we’re assured that the outbreak is being nicely managed with robust enter from Public Well being England.
“Our native public well being staff is staying in shut contact with the jail and can present any assist they want.
“Throughout town, Covid-19 an infection charges have declined because the peak in January, however numbers are nonetheless excessive. We ask metropolis residents to proceed to observe social distancing pointers and to take up the vaccine when they’re provided it.”