According to recent figures, Covid-19 case rates have fallen in most regions of England.
In just two of the nine regions, the majority of areas are seeing increases from week to week: London and South East England.
However, it is too early to assess the full impact of the English lockdown on fall rates.
The statewide restrictions began on November 5th and the most recent figures are for the week ending November 18th – just 14 days after the lockdown.
Since it can take up to two weeks for Covid-19 symptoms to appear and more time to test someone and process the result, more data is needed to be sure of how and where case rates are going down.
However, the latest numbers suggest that the numbers are going in the right direction, though not in all parts of England.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “I am delighted to see in the data that the number of cases across the UK is starting to decline significantly. That’s good news.”
Here is an overview of the latest case rates in each region, including the areas with the highest and lowest numbers.
In all cases, the numbers refer to the week ending November 18 and were calculated by the PA News Agency using data published by Public Health England.
– South East England
This is the region with the highest rates in England.
Swale tops the list, where the rate is currently 631.7 cases per 100,000 people, down from 425.8.
Thanet also appears in England’s top 5 ratings, where the number is currently 515.1 out of 460.8.
The rate is increasing in 34 out of 67 local governments in the south east of England.
Other areas with big jumps are Medway (from 256.3 to 384.8) and Gravesham (from 269.3 to 386.2).
The biggest week-to-week drop was recorded in Oxford, where the rate fell from 256.5 to 152.8.
The Isle of Wight has the lowest rate in the region: 76.2, up slightly from 74.8.
– Yorkshire and the Humber
Interest rates are falling in almost all areas of Yorkshire and the Humber, a reversal from last week when most areas rose.
In the most recent figures, only three areas out of 21 showed an increase: Craven, North Lincolnshire and Selby.
North Lincolnshire saw the biggest week-on-week rate hike – but it was a small increase from 412.1 to 448.1.
Scarborough saw the largest drop from 614.2 to 349.4.
Hull continues to have the highest rate in the region and the second highest in all of England: 615.1 compared to 785.3.
York has the lowest rate: 142.9 out of 185.6.
– North West England
Prices have risen in only three of the 39 areas in North West England: Carlisle, Hyndburn and South Lakeland.
Hyndburn saw the largest increase from 382.5 to 487.4.
This is also the highest rate in the region.
Oldham, which once had the highest rate in England, is down from 641.1 to 442.0 – the biggest drop from the week in the North West.
Lancaster has the lowest rate: 119.1 out of 149.3.
Liverpool continues to see a sharp drop in interest rates. The seven-day rate as of November 18 is 205.2, compared to 662.2 when he entered Tier 3 government restrictions on October 14.
– North East England
Each of the 12 local authorities in North East England has seen rates decline according to the latest figures.
The biggest drop was in Gateshead, from 468.2 to 320.7.
Hartlepool’s rate is 514.6 – the fifth highest in England – out of 531.7.
The lowest rate in the region is Northumberland: 274.2 after 298.7.
– East Midlands
Case rates have risen in only three of the 40 East Midlands boroughs in the south of the region: Harborough, South Northamptonshire and Wellingborough.
However, in some parts of the East Midlands, rates are still very high.
East Lindsey is the highest in the region, where the rate is currently 515.8, and is down slightly from 517.9.
This is also the third highest rate in all of England.
Rutland continues to have the lowest rate in the East Midlands, now down from 142.8 to 122.7.
The biggest drop from the previous week was in Bolsover from 480.4 to 340.1.
– West Midlands
Only five of the 30 local governments in the West Midlands saw an increase in the latest numbers: East Staffordshire, Herefordshire, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Nuneaton and Bedworth and Wolverhampton.
Of these, Herefordshire recorded the largest jump, slightly from 153.0 to 165.5.
Telford and Wrekin saw the largest drop from 377.5 to 274.7.
However, rates are still high in some regions of the region.
Dudley has the highest score: 505.3 out of 538.6.
Malvern Hills continues to have the lowest rate: 111.8, a slight decrease from 115.6.
London is one of only two regions, along with the south-east of England, where most areas have seen an increase in recent numbers.
Of the 32 areas in London, 20 saw increases, with the largest jumps being Havering (from 309.4 to 386.0), Enfield (from 175.6 to 230.4) and Redbridge (from 249.0 to 300.4) were.
Havering also has the highest rate in London.
Camden has the lowest score of 125.2 to 113.3.
The neighboring borough of Islington saw the largest drop from 179.0 to 145.2 from week to week.
– South West England
Bristol continues to have the highest rate in the South West of England, but the rate has dropped from 485.6 to 434.4.
A total of 20 of the 29 local authorities in the region are currently experiencing a decline.
Torbay recorded the biggest drop from the previous week from 226.8 to 156.3.
Teignbridge has the lowest rate: 64.1 out of 75.3.
– East England
Seven of the ten lowest rates in England are in the east of England, including the lowest of all: Mid Suffolk, where the rate has fallen from 76.0 to 56.8.
A total of 27 of the 45 local authorities saw a decline in the most recent figures.
The biggest drop was for Great Yarmouth, from 238.6 to 107.7.
Luton currently has the highest rate: 293.4 versus 266.6.