Huge increase in coronavirus cases as all test settings now recorded

Figures released tonight (Thursday) showed a huge increase in coronavirus cases in Derbyshire – after the data was revised to include all settings where people have been tested.

The government is only just recording a combined figure showing testing in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and in the community.

The release of the figures was hugely delayed today by the change.

UK-wide deaths related to Covid-19 now stand at 43,995, an increase of 89.

The number of positive cases has now been adjusted as the new recordings have been published.

The adjusted number of confirmed cases across the country now stands at 283,757, with 576 confirmed in the last 24 hours.

In Derby, the number of positive cases in the area covered by Derbyshire County Council is now 3,299 – on Thursday this figure was recorded as 1,826.

Under the new method the total number of confirmed cases in Derby has more than doubled to 1,259.

In Staffordshire, 3,624 cases have been confirmed since the start of the outbreak.

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust has confirmed there were no new coronavirus-related death over the past 24 hours.

The death toll remains at 514 and, at at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, the total number of deaths is still 130.

What are pillar 1 and pillar 2?

Pillar 1 data comes from the tests carried out in Public Health England (PHE) lab and NHS hospital settings.

Pillar 2 tests come from out in the community.

The government is recording testing in all settings via pillars 1 and 2, of which pillar 2 data for England has had duplicate tests for the same person removed by PHE from today (July 2).

This means that the cumulative total number of UK lab-confirmed cases is now around 30,000 lower than reported on 1 July 2020.

Information about the different pillars is available on GOV.UK.


Courtesy of Derbyshire Live – Derby News