Plymouth’s Covid-19 coronavirus infection rate is now “the worst it’s ever been”, the city council has said.
Sharing the latest statistics on Twitter, the local authority said: “Covid-19 rates are even higher today. It’s the worst it’s ever been.
“We must continue to observe the rules of the lockdown to protect each other and the NHS.
“Act like you’ve got it, as many as one in three people have no symptoms. Stay at home, saves lives, protect the NHS.”
The data, for the period ending four fays ago, shows that Plymouth now has a Covid case rate of 273.2 per 100,000 people. This compares to a South West average of 382.5 and an England average of 610.7.
The latest data shows that 108 new daily cases have been reported – with 716 in the past 7 days. There have now been 6,399 cases recorded in the city since the pandemic began.
Yesterday, Plymouth City Council said the Plymouth Covid-19 case rate was higher than ever before.
A spokesperson for the council said: “Although we are below the national average, we have still seen a significant increase in the number of people with Covid this month.”
NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens told MPs that “in many parts of the country” coronavirus “is spreading out of control”.
He told the Commons Public Accounts Committee: “In London perhaps one in 30 people has the coronavirus, in parts of London it may be twice that number.
“If you look across other regions of England the issue is that coronavirus is once again on the rise.
“In Merseyside in just the last week there has been a further 50% increase in the number of Covid hospitalisations.
“So this is a very serious moment for the country and for the National Health Service.
“It’s worth remembering that this affects all ages – a quarter of the Covid admissions to hospital right now are for people aged under 55.”