Three towns revealed as new Covid-19 hotspots in England

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Three towns revealed as new Covid-19 hotspots in England

Latest figures have revealed that Leicester still has the highest rate of coronavirus infections in England – but three new hotspots have been identified in worrying data.

The information from Public Health England shows infections on the rise in Blackburn, Bedford and Peterborough.

Leicester, which went back in lockdown last week, now has 116 cases per 100,000 people, MirrorOnline reports.

Rochdale, the town with the second highest infection rate of 32.7, is still some way behind. Bradford remains in third with 31.8 cases per 100,000, although the number has fallen since last week.

A new list displays new cases in the seven days to July 6, followed by the equivalent figure for the previous seven days to June 29.

Data released by the Covid Symptom Study, show the Midlands has 6,556 predicted symptomatic virus cases in comparison to 2,254 in the North West of England.

Northern Ireland has almost no active cases, but parts of Wales are seeing a high number of symptomatic cases, data reveals.

Scientists at King’s College London, who are behind the study, warned cases have stopped declining.

Epidemiologist Prof Tim Spector said: “It is disappointing to see that the number of daily new cases are no longer falling like they have been in previous weeks, this could be a temporary blip or due to the easing of lockdown and the amount of social contact slowly increasing.

“Importantly our updated analysis of the prevalence is still continuing to show that the Midlands and Wales are key areas in the country where the amount of Covid is remaining relatively high.”

Cases per 100,000 in the week to July 9, and a week earlier, in the week to June 29

Places with 10 infections or more per 100,000 people

  • Leicester 125.3, 140.5
  • Bradford 35.7, 50.1
  • Rochdale 34.5, 38.2
  • Blackburn with Darwen 33.6, 23.5
  • Kirklees 32.4, 28.9
  • Oadby and Wigston 29.8, 50.8
  • Pendle 25.2, 17.5
  • Blaby 24.9, 17.9
  • Carlisle 24.0, 12.0
  • Ashford 23.2, 26.3
  • Oldham 21.6, 31.0
  • Peterborough 21.4, 17.4
  • Northampton 21.3, 12.9
  • Harborough 20.5, 9.7
  • Folkestone and Hythe 19.5, 24.0
  • Bedford 18.6, 18.1
  • Bolton 17.9, 23.8
  • Barnsley 17.5, 35.1
  • Rotherham 16.6, 31.0
  • St Albans 16.3, 9.5
  • East Northamptonshire 14.9, 10.6
  • Kettering 14.8, 10.9
  • Manchester 14.6, 17.2
  • Sheffield 14.4, 26.3
  • Charnwood 14.2, 14.2
  • Wakefield 14.2, 10.1
  • Thanet 13.4, 10.6
  • Stoke-on-Trent 13.3, 13.3
  • Luton 13.1, 12.6
  • Dover 12.8, 12.8
  • Doncaster 11.9, 16.7
  • Dartford 11.8, 10.9
  • Ribble Valley 11.7, 5.0
  • Newcastle-under-Lyme 11.6, 10.8
  • Tameside 11.5, 15.5
  • Knowsley 11.4, 18.1
  • North West Leicestershire 10.8, 17.6
  • Crawley 10.7, 6.2
  • Eastbourne 10.7, 14.5
  • Nuneaton and Bedworth 10.1, 11.6
  • Cannock Chase 10.0, 7.0

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