Covid-19 case rates higher than England average in most areas of Nottinghamshire – Nottinghamshire Live

Coronavirus cases in Nottinghamshire are now ‘significantly higher’ than the England average in all but two areas.

Figures from Nottinghamshire County Council’s weekly surveillance report shows Mansfield and Newark and Sherwood are the only parts of the county not ranked in this bracket for the total number of positive tests

All other parts of Nottinghamshire have total numbers ranked in the ‘significantly higher’ bracket, with Rushcliffe recording the most cases in total since the pandemic began. The county council report excludes the city.

In the week ending November 1, the borough had recorded 2,551 cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic in February.

However, daily figures released on the Public Health England dashboard show this number has increased to 2,725 over the last week.

It is understood from the surveillance report data that the national average is around 1,700 cumulative cases per 100,000 in total since February, with Rushcliffe’s total rate per 100,000 around 2,250 in the week ending November 1.

Gedling and Broxtowe’s cumulative rate of cases are slightly lower than in Rushcliffe, standing at around 2,100 per 100,000 people in total since the pandemic began.

The cumulative rate is calculated based on population sizes for each borough or district.

The data shows that Gedling had recorded 2,456 cases in total between February and November, while Broxtowe registered 2,374.

However, similarly to Rushcliffe, both areas have seen an increase since the surveillance report was published.

Daily data accurate to November 8 shows Gedling now has a total of 2,718 cases, while Broxtowe’s total now stands at 2,599.

Ashfield and Bassetlaw also have cumulative rates ‘significantly higher’ than the national average, both hitting around the 1,800 mark.

At the time of publication, the surveillance report showed Ashfield had recorded 2,251 cases and Bassetlaw 2,095 cases since the start of the pandemic.

These numbers have risen to 2,527 and 2,519 respectively, according to daily data from the Public Health England dashboard.

However, the data also shows Mansfield’s total cumulative case rate was ‘similar’ to the national average in the week ending November 1.

The district’s rate stood at around the 1,700 mark after 1,750 cases were recorded between February and the start of November.

This number has since risen to 2,049 in the seven days following the end of the surveillance report.

Mansfield Town Centre
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But in Newark and Sherwood, the cumulative rate of around 1600 is classed as ‘significantly lower’ than the England average.

This comes despite the total number of cases since February being recorded as 1,857 at the time of publication – mainly because it has a larger population than Mansfield.

The total number of cases in Newark and Sherwood has since risen to 2,089, according to the Public Health England dashboard.

It is unclear whether changes since the surveillance report was published mean the districts now have total case numbers higher than average for the rest of the country.

The data follows comments from public health bosses in the city and county suggesting the area’s transmission rate is of “grave concern”.

Jonathan Gribbin, director of public health for Nottinghamshire, says the number of new cases in the county are ‘levelling off’ but that they are rising among the over 60s.

It comes as the county’s reproduction – or R number – was revealed as between 1 and 1.1.

“While there is a glimmer of encouragement seeing rates level off somewhat across Nottinghamshire, the rate is still high and in some districts, still going up,” Mr Gribbin said.

“This is of grave concern particularly as we look at the rate of cases in the over 60s increasing. This is what fuels pressure in care and hospital settings.”

Alison Challenger, director of public health in Nottingham city, added: “It is really important during lockdown that we see these rates come down much further.

“We must make the next four weeks count to give us our best chance of coming out of lockdown.”