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Covid infection rate continues to drop in South Kesteven and Rutland

The R-rate in South Kesteven and Rutland is continuing drop as lockdown measures remain in place.

Last week Rutland had the highest seven-day infection rate in the country following a coronavirus outbreak at Stocken Prison in Stretton.

However, now the county's R-rate has dropped to below the national average.

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On Sunday (February 14), MP for Rutland Alicia Kearns announced that there were no known links between HMP Stocken’s outbreak and any other outbreaks within the county, which she said was down to the “exceptional work” of prison staff.

At the prison, precautions have been put in place including staff tests at least three times a week, mass testing of prisoners, the separation of prisoners who test positive or have symptoms, and a restricted regime.

The R-rate now sits at 135.2 cases in every 100,000 people compared with the national average of 136.5.

In the past week, 69 new coronavirus cases have been recorded in Rutland, according to figures released by Public Health England this afternoon (February 17).

Last week, public health director for Rutland Mike Sandys said that because the county has a population of about 39,000, each case counts for about 2.5 on the R number.

Five more deaths as a result of coronavirus have also been recorded in Rutland during the seven day period.

In the past week, 158 people have tested positive for the virus in South Kesteven - this is nearly half the amount of cases confirmed in the previous seven days.

A total of 21 new cases relate to people living in Stamford with 19 new cases in Bourne and five in Market Deeping.

In the past week, 16 deaths within 28 days of a positive test have been recorded in South Kesteven with a total of 244 people having died in the district from Covid.

The figures do not include those who may have caught the virus and self-diagnosed.

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