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Covid rates in Newark and Sherwood at highest since pandemic began

Coronavirus rates across Newark and Sherwood are at their highest since the pandemic began.

There have been 865 covid cases across the district in the seven-day period to July 21, according to the latest data from Public Health England.

This is up 276 on the former week and represents a 46.9% increase. Across the whole pandemic, there have been 9,463 cases.

Newark Market Place looking busy. 120620JT6-2 (36689987)
Newark Market Place looking busy. 120620JT6-2 (36689987)

Newark and Sherwood’s infection rate stands at 688.6 per 100,000, while the UK’s is 472.3.

Meanwhile, during the same seven-day period, there has been one covid-related death at Sherwood Forest Hospitals (total 569) but none in the district itself (total 201). The UK has seen 366 (total 128,896).

During the height of the first wave of the pandemic — between April and May, 2020 — Newark and Sherwood recorded a maximum of around 20 cases a day compared with approximately 4,000 or more infections in the UK as a whole.

Newark town centre. (43000881)
Newark town centre. (43000881)

Deaths in Newark and Sherwood were very low at this point, but starting to rise, while Britain had seen a staggering 50,000.

The district recorded many more cases throughout the second wave — in January and February, 2021 — with around 70 daily infections. The UK was reporting on average more than 50,000 new cases per day.

By this time, Newark and Sherwood had amassed more than 100 deaths and the hospital trust nearly 500. Britain had seen around 120,000 lives lost.

Two months on from the first wave peak, the daily death toll had dropped by 89%.

Newark's vaccination centre opens at Newark Showground. (43981895)
Newark's vaccination centre opens at Newark Showground. (43981895)

Two months on from the second wave peak, the death toll had fallen by 94%.

Despite deaths continuing to rise, albeit at a slower pace than former waves, nowhere near as many are expected during this current third.

This is credited to the coronavirus vaccine roll-out, with more than 46m adults having had their first dose and over 36m their second.

However, infections are now rising faster than ever.

Today, a total of 71 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Newark and Sherwood, according to the latest figures from Public Health England.

Ashfield 11,468 (up 114) Bassetlaw 10,303 (up 107) Broxtowe 9,302 (up 75) Gedling 10,708 (up 101) Mansfield 9,553 (up 67) Newark and Sherwood 9,327 (up 123) Rushcliffe 9,534 (up 127) Nottingham city 37,926 (up 249) Nottinghamshire 70,195 (up 662).

In the last seven days there have been 865 positive cases recorded in Newark and Sherwood, which is up 151 cases.

According to the latest public data, 5,563,006 (up 44,104) patients in the UK have tested positive and 128,896 (up 73) people have died within 28 days of positive test.

The number of people vaccinated with the first dose up to July 20 is 46,388,744 (up 39,035) and the total for the second dose is 36,404,566 (up 161,279).

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