Coronavirus cases rise above 5,000 in Derby and Derbyshire

There are now more than 5,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Derby and Derbyshire according to Government figures released today (August 29).

Across the UK, 332,752 people have tested positive for Covid-19 and the death toll now stands at 41,498.

This represents an increase of 1,108 and 12 respectively over the past 24 hours.

The total number of cases confirmed in Derbyshire now stands at 3,613.

Overall, 1,413 cases have now been recorded in Derby since the start of the pandemic.

In Staffordshire, there has now been a total of 4,094 confirmed cases.

Locally, the number of Covid-related deaths since the start of the pandemic are as follows:

Today (August 29), Teaching unions have criticised the Government for releasing guidance on schools in local lockdown areas just days before pupils are set to return to classrooms.

A “rota system” limiting the number of students attending secondary schools at any one time could be used in areas with a significant rise in Covid-19 cases, according to guidance for England.

But while the new guidelines were welcomed by school leaders, one union expressed a “weary, resigned sense of inevitability” at the timing.

Published by the Department for Education (DfE) on Friday evening, it came just before the bank holiday weekend, with millions of pupils returning to class next week for autumn term.


Courtesy of Derbyshire Live – Derby News