170 further coronavirus cases in North Kesteven

The number of coronavirus cases in North Kesteven increased by 170 in the last 24 hours, official figures show.
A Coronavirus testing centre in Dalston, east London. There were a further 6,042 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK as of 9am on Saturday, taking the overall number to 429,277. A further 34 deaths were recorded.A Coronavirus testing centre in Dalston, east London. There were a further 6,042 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK as of 9am on Saturday, taking the overall number to 429,277. A further 34 deaths were recorded.
A Coronavirus testing centre in Dalston, east London. There were a further 6,042 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK as of 9am on Saturday, taking the overall number to 429,277. A further 34 deaths were recorded.

The number of coronavirus cases in North Kesteven increased by 170 in the last 24 hours, official figures show.

A total of 27,344 cases had been confirmed in North Kesteven when the UK coronavirus daily dashboard was updated on February 2 (Wednesday), up from 27,174 on Tuesday.

The rate of infection in North Kesteven now stands at 23,144 cases per 100,000 people, far lower than the England average of 26,576.

Since January 31, the UK Health Security Agency has changed the way it reports coronavirus cases.

It means if one person tests positive for the virus more than 90 days after the first infection, two infection episodes will be recorded.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 86,854 over the period, to 17,515,199.

People with a positive lateral flow test no longer need to take a follow-up PCR test to confirm the result unless they have coronavirus symptoms.

UK case numbers currently only include LFT results for England and Northern Ireland, with lateral flow testing data for Scotland due to be added in the coming weeks.

There were no new coronavirus deaths recorded in the latest 24-hour period in North Kesteven.

The dashboard shows 258 people had died in the area by February 2 (Wednesday) – which was unchanged from Tuesday.

They were among 12,518 deaths recorded across the East Midlands.

The figures include anyone who died within 28 days of a positive test result for Covid-19, and whose usual residence was in North Kesteven.

Daily death counts are revised each day, with each case backdated to the actual date of death, so some areas might see their figures revised down.

The figures also show that nearly nine in 10 people in North Kesteven have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The latest figures show 93,577 people had received both jabs by February 1 (Tuesday) – 88% of those aged 12 and over, based on the number of people on the National Immunisation Management Service database.

Across England, 84% of people aged 12 and above had received a second dose of the jab.

Unlike at local level, the national rate was calculated using mid-2020 population estimates from the Office for National Statistics.