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The 43 areas of England which still have rising Covid infection rates

ByDNP

Feb 23, 2021

Cases are rising in more parts of the country compared to last week (Picture: Metro.co.uk)

Covid cases were still rising in 43 areas of England as Boris Johnson finalised his roadmap out of lockdown.

Infections were on the up in more areas last week compared to the week before, when only 16 places saw a hike in cases.

Rutland in the East Midlands had the fastest growing infection rate with 237.9 cases per 100,000. This was up from 182.8.

The county – which is the smallest in the country – saw a surge in infections two weeks ago after an outbreak at Stocken Prison.

Craven in north Yorkshire, Brentwood in Essex, Tamworth in Staffordshire and Malvern Hills in Worcestershire made up the rest of the top five areas where infections were growing at the fastest rate.

The figures for every local authority in England cover the seven days to February 18 and are based on tests carried out in laboratories and in the wider community.

Data for the most recent four days has been excluded as they were incomplete and did not reflect the true number of cases.

Of the 315 local areas in England, 43 (14%) have seen a rise in case rates, 267 (85%) have seen a fall and five are unchanged.

Yesterday the Prime Minister outlined four stages out of lockdown



The 43 areas of England where Covid rates are rising

Lists reads (from left to right): name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to February 18; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to February 18; rate of new cases in the seven days to February 11; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to February 11.

  • Rutland, 237.9, (95), 182.8, (73)
  • Tamworth, 236.0, (181), 203.4, (156)
  • North Warwickshire, 226.8, (148), 196.1, (128)
  • North West Leicestershire, 224.9, (233), 202.7, (210)
  • Slough, 224.0, (335), 210.6, (315)
  • Redditch, 222.8, (190), 202.9, (173)
  • Wellingborough, 222.1, (177), 203.2, (162)
  • Bury, 219.9, (420), 206.3, (394)
  • Charnwood, 203.9, (379), 182.4, (339)
  • Erewash, 202.0, (233), 190.7, (220)
  • Doncaster, 198.5, (619), 186.3, (581)
  • Tameside, 196.9, (446), 196.5, (445)
  • Wakefield, 188.0, (655), 182.6, (636)
  • Hartlepool, 185.8, (174), 178.3, (167)
  • Broxtowe, 183.3, (209), 162.2, (185)
  • Nuneaton and Bedworth, 177.9, (231), 173.2, (225)
  • Barrow-in-Furness, 173.0, (116), 150.6, (101)
  • Leeds, 172.6, (1369), 171.1, (135)
  • South Holland, 172.6, (164), 166.3, (158)
  • Oadby and Wigston, 170.1, (97), 154.3, (88)
  • Hinckley and Bosworth, 165.3, (187), 156.4, (177)
  • Lancaster, 158.2, (231), 147.2, (215)
  • North Tyneside, 155.8, (324), 155.4, (323)
  • Wyre Forest, 144.1, (146), 141.2, (143)
  • Great Yarmouth, 139.9, (139), 129.9, (129)
  • Malvern Hills, 136.0, (107), 104.2, (82)
  • Gosport, 132.0, (112), 123.8, (105)
  • Fareham, 124.7, (145), 115.3, (134)
  • Wyre, 120.4, (135), 115.1, (129)
  • Brentwood, 118.1, (91), 83.1, (64)
  • West Lindsey, 118.1, (113), 113.9, (109)
  • North East Lincolnshire, 116.6, (186), 97.8, (156)
  • Gravesham, 102.9, (110), 101.9, (109)
  • Surrey Heath, 96.3, (86), 78.4, (70)
  • Herefordshire, 95.4, (184), 73.7, (142)
  • Ryedale, 93.9, (52), 92.1, (51)
  • Stratford-on-Avon, 93.8, (122), 87.6, (114)
  • Basildon, 89.2, (167), 88.7, (166)
  • Craven, 80.5, (46), 43.8, (25)
  • East Hertfordshire, 78.1, (117), 76.1, (114)
  • Winchester, 72.9, (91), 72.1, (90)
  • Babergh, 60.8, (56), 54.3, (50)
  • Tewkesbury, 60.0, (57), 53.7, (51)

Corby in Northamptonshire continues to have the highest rate in England overall, followed by Middlesbrough and Peterborough.

Last week officials in Corby said cases among the over 60s were not falling as quickly as they should be.

The town’s Conservative MP Tom Pursglove has called for mass population testing.

Meanwhile, in Middlesbrough, officials have described the high number of infections as a ‘wake up call’ as people begin to look forward to the end of lockdown.

Rutland in the East Midlands has the fastest growing infection rate in England (Picture: PA

The Prime Minister’s roadmap out of the current restrictions is partly dependent on case numbers continuing to fall.

Dates given on Monday by Mr Johnson may yet still be pushed back if the prevalence of the disease remains high.

Across England cases have been falling rapidly since lockdown began on January 5 but this has been leveling off in recent days with only a 10% week-on-week decrease yesterday compared to a 30% decrease earlier in the month.

Experts have warned of ‘pockets of infection’ where Covid vaccine uptake is low – particularly in deprived inner city communities.

Middlesbrough has one of the highest Covid infection rates in England (Picture: PA)

Dr Mike Tildesley, reader in mathematical modelling of infectious diseases at the University of Warwick and member of government advisory group SPI-M, warned that failure to ensure all communities are protected could lead to a new wave of infections.

‘We know there are certain areas – in particularly inner city areas, deprived areas – where vaccine uptake is not as high,’ he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

‘And that actually poses a real risk that we are not capturing currently in those models – if we do get these pockets of infection then it could be that actually we could have a more significant risk.

‘So actually it’s really important that we get the vaccines out to those deprived communities to prevent a potential wave of infections occurring as we do unlock.’

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