Durham City has highest Covid-19 rate in the country

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Durham City now has the highest Covid-19 case rate in England after recording 314 cases in the seven days to June 20th.

The MSOA – an area excluding Gilesgate and Neville’s Cross used for government statistics – had a rolling rate for those seven days of 2169.6 per 100,000. This is significantly higher than the 1547.2 in Hyde Park in Leeds, the second highest in England.

Durham City has not recorded a rate above 2000 since October, when the infection rate reached 6280.7. The city at that time had the highest number of new Covid-19 cases in England, almost double any other MSOA, which all have a population size of roughly 7,200.

A recent survey by Durham polling indicated that a third of students had been forced to isolate in the two weeks to 18th-22nd June.

267 cases have been reported to the University among staff and students in the past seven days. These figures only show cases reported to the University via banner self-service, and are likely an underestimate.

The University has urged asymptomatic students to take weekly PCR tests in addition to two LFTs per week to try to halt the spread of Covid-19.

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