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Covid hotspots: Map shows areas of England where cases are rising fastest

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Covid cases have dropped across England but some local outbreaks are still occurring (Picture: Getty Images)

Covid cases are now growing in just 10% of places in England as the prevalence of the disease drops to very low levels in some parts of the country.

More than 100 local authorities in England are now logging infection rates of less than 20 per 100,000, according to the latest figures.

Folkestone and Hythe in Kent saw the fewest cases in the week ending April 3, with just three new infections recorded.

It marks a stark change to even a few weeks ago when almost half of local authorities were seeing rising rates.

Corby in Northamptonshire remains the worst affected place in England, but the rate here has dropped from 214 per 100,000 to 142.

Neighbouring Wellingborough and nearby Daventry are now the two places in the country with the fastest growing rates.

Northamptonshire is thought to have been particularly badly affected because of the high number of warehouses and factories in the county.

Watford, Mansfield and Newcastle make up the rest of the top five areas with the biggest week-on-week rise.

Wellingborough in Northamptonshire saw the fastest growing rate of infection last week (Picture: Metro.co.uk)



Top five hotspots where Covid rates are growing

The five areas with the biggest week-on-week rise are:

  1. Wellingborough (up from 50.2 per 100,000 to 75.3)
  2. Daventry (26.8 to 47.7)
  3. Watford (29.0 to 47.6)
  4. Mansfield (87.8 to 99.7)
  5. Newcastle upon Tyne (45.2 to 56.5)

The figures, for the seven days to April 3, are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the Government’s testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two).

Data for the most recent four days (April 4-7) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

Of the 315 local areas in England, 30 (10%) have seen a rise in case rates, 278 (88%) have seen a fall and seven are unchanged.

Hospital admissions for Covid are dropping across the UK (Picture: Getty)



Top 20 worst affected places week ending April 3

From left to right, the list reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to April 3; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to April 3; rate of new cases in the seven days to March 27; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to March 27.

  1. Corby, 142.6, (103), 214.6, (155)
  2. Wakefield, 106.8, (372), 137.5, (479)
  3. Barnsley, 106.1, (262), 149.5, (369)
  4. Doncaster, 103.9, (324), 145.2, (453)
  5. Mansfield, 99.7, (109), 87.8, (96)
  6. Hull, 95.1, (247), 130.1, (338)
  7. Luton, 94.8, (202), 125.3, (267)
  8. Rotherham, 91.9, (244), 170.7, (453)
  9. Sheffield, 90.3, (528), 125.0, (731)
  10. South Holland, 89.5, (85), 120.0, (114)
  11. Leicester, 87.8, (311), 110.1, (390)
  12. North Lincolnshire, 87.1, (150), 141.0, (243)
  13. Leeds, 85.1, (675), 117.9, (935)
  14. Bradford, 84.7, (457), 136.9, (739)
  15. Stockton-on-Tees, 81.1, (160), 96.8, (191)
  16. Slough, 79.6, (119), 77.6, (116)
  17. Bolton, 76.2, (219), 101.9, (293)
  18. Tameside, 75.9, (172), 109.1, (247)
  19. Wellingborough, 75.3, (60), 50.2, (40)
  20. North Warwickshire, 75.1, (49), 170.1, (111)

It comes as another 45 people died with the virus within 28 days of a positive test result. Yesterday saw 2,763 new cases.

Scientists predict the UK could achieve herd immunity within days as modelling showed more than 70% of Brits are protected against the virus.

The University College London (UCL) study suggested the country should pass the threshold for herd immunity due to the number of people protected through vaccination or after recovering from the virus.

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