Covid rates in the first month of university: 2020 vs 2021

By Kira Gibson

In the month of October 2020, Leicester had just come out of lockdown, but there were still restrictions in place.

Both the city’s universities had brought in a blended learning environment for students, and the rate of Coronavirus throughout the city skyrocketed as the month went on.

Students tried to socialise with one another and get work done in class which unfortunately helped the Covid-19 rate across the city rise.

The rate per 100,000 people rose as well, leading to another lockdown (tier 3, and then tier 4) for the city and county.

In the month of October 2021, the entire country has been out of lockdown for several months, with few, if any restrictions still in place.

The Leicester Covid-19 rate however seems to stay the same, with roughly 1,000 or more cases each week.

Since university students have been back on campus, as both universities have allowed most students to learn face-to-face with a few classes still being online at teachers’ discretion, the rate of Covid-19 has not fallen yet.

The rate per 100,00 people has been rising as well, but still under the country’s rate per 100,000.

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