Huge leap in coronavirus cases in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire in biggest daily UK rise in 110 days


More than 50 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire in the last 24 hours as the the UK saw its biggest daily rise in 110 days.

A total of 17 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Stoke-on-Trent in the latest update, bringing the total in the city to 1,752.

This compares to seven on yesterday, 10 on Friday, 11 on Thursday, four on Wednesday, three on Tuesday and five on Monday.

And another 36 cases were confirmed across the rest of Staffordshire – bringing the total there to 4,237 since the start of the pandemic.

By comparison, there were 14 yesterday, 16 on Friday, 13 on Thursday, 18 on Wednesday, 13 on Tuesday and 10 on Monday.

Meanwhile, all three areas around Stoke-on-Trent saw rises in confirmed Covid-19 cases. Nine were confirmed in Newcastle-under-Lyme, four in Stafford borough and three in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

The local surge in cases comes as 2,988 people tested positive across the UK making today the highest daily increase in infections since May 19.

There were 175,687 tests processes in the 24 hours previous. The number of daily infections began topping 1,000 during August and has since been steadily increasing, with 1,940 cases on Friday, 1,735 on Thursday and 1,508 on Wednesday.

The coronavirus testing centre at the bet365 Stadium

NHS England also reported a further three deaths inside hospitals, all of which happened within the last 10 days.

No deaths were recorded in Scotland and Wales, while Northern Ireland is yet to update their total.

One scientist has now warned that coronavirus is likely to remain a part of daily life until 2023, and may not disappear even if an effective vaccine is found.

Professor Hendrik Streeck, a prominent German virologist who led the pandemic response in Heinsberg, predicted the world would see regular outbreaks of Covid-19 for the next three years.

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He said: “This virus is not disappearing. It has now become part of our daily lives. It will still be here in three years and we have to find a way to live with it.”

Prof Streeck noted that social distancing would still be the most effective way to contain coronavirus in the future, but predicted large outbreaks would be driven by ‘super-spreading’ social events such as house parties.

He added: “We know that social distancing, not gathering in big groups and covering your face can have a profound impact on the infection.

“These are simple measures that can help stop the spread if you have large levels of infection.”

Confirmed coronavirus cases as of September 5:

  • Stoke-on-Trent: 1,752 (up 17 from yesterday)

  • Staffordshire Moorlands: 412 (up three from yesterday)

  • Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough: 876 (up nine from yesterday)

  • Stafford Borough: 629 (up four from yesterday)

  • Cheshire East: 2,454 (up 19 from yesterday)

  • Staffordshire County (all Staffordshire authorities – including those in the south of the county – excluding Stoke-on-Trent): 4,237 (up 36 from yesterday)

Deaths with Covid-19 at local hospital trusts:

  • University Hospitals Of North Midlands NHS Trust (Royal Stoke University Hospital and County Hospital): 355
  • North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust (Harplands Hospital): 6
  • Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust ( Haywood Hospital, Leek Moorlands Hospital, Bradwell Hospital, Cheadle Hospital and more): 12
  • Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Including Leighton Hospital in Crewe): 213
  • East Cheshire NHS Trust ( Congleto n War Memorial Hospital and Macclesfield District General Hospital): 146





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