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Coronavirus – Hampshire passes 6,000 Covid-positive cases

The New Forest has recorded 449 positive coronavirus cases
The New Forest has recorded 449 positive coronavirus cases

MORE than 6,000 coronavirus cases have been recorded in Hampshire since the start of the pandemic, according to figures published for the first time.

The total number of positive Covid-19 cases released last Thursday for the Hampshire County Council area reached 4,990, plus 915 cases confirmed in Southampton and 492 in Portsmouth, writes Maria Zaccaro of the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

Newer figures for today (Monday) in the New Forest reached 449 – a rate of 249.8 per 100,000 resident population. The rate in Leicester, where lockdown has been tightened in response to a renewed outbreak, is currently 1,083.8.

The new data released last week is the culmination of tests undertaken throughout the pandemic. The figures are higher than those published on Wednesday, when the overall number of cases of Covid-19 was confirmed as 4,330 in HCC’s area, 613 in Southampton and 325 in Portsmouth.

The increase comes after the government released for the first time on Thursday new figures including data referring to testing in wider settings.

Up until Wednesday only ‘Pillar 1’ testing – positive Covid-19 tests at hospitals and in laboratories – was released.

But following calls to release more comprehensive figures, the next day the government included data from ‘Pillar 2’ testing – mass swab-testing for the wider population including key workers in the NHS, care homes and other sectors.

As reported, earlier this week Hampshire County Council also published its Outbreak Control Plan.

Some of the measures set to be implemented as part of the plan could include delivering tests to isolated people, establishing local pop-up sites or hosting mobile testing units at “high-risk” locations such as factories.

Following the release of new figures on Thursday, Hampshire County Council was approached for comment.

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