Five biggest Covid hotspots as cases rise in a third of England

Some 104 areas in England have seen a rise in coronavirus case rates (Picture: PA / Metro.co.uk)

One third of towns and cities in England have seen a rise in cases of coronavirus in a week.

The latest figures from Public Health England show 104 areas have seen a rise in case rates, 209 have seen a fall and two remain unchanged.

The data, published yesterday, is for the seven days up to March 11. Data for the last few days has been excluded as it is incomplete.

It comes as Boris Johnson’s lockdown-easing roadmap kicked in last week, with all pupils heading back to school for the first time in months.

The Derbyshire Dales has seen the highest increase in Covid-19 cases, with its infection rate trebling from from 56.7 cases per 100,000 to a worrying 153.5.

But Hull has the highest rate in England, with 444 new cases recorded – the equivalent of 170.9 cases per 100,000 people. This is up from 148.6 the previous week.

Corby in Northamptonshire has the second highest rate, up from 134.3 to 162.0, with 117 new cases.

Redditch in Worcestershire is in third place, up from 140.7 to 157.2, with 134 new cases.

The areas with the biggest week-on-week rises in cases of Covid-19 are listed below.

Close-up map showing areas with biggest rises in cases of coronavirus

This map shows the areas with the biggest week-on-week rises in cases of Covid-19 (Picture: PA / Metro.co.uk)

It comes after it was confirmed yesterday that another 64 people have died with Covid-19 in the UK, while a further 5,089 new cases have also been confirmed.

Monday’s relatively low figures – often due to a lag in reporting over the weekend – mean that the country has now reported a total of 125,580 deaths and 4,263,527 infections.

The rapid rollout of the coronavirus vaccination programme also continues across the country.

Nearly 24.5 million people have now had a first jab in Britain while more than 1.6 million have also had a second dose.

This is despite fears of serious side effects from the Oxford vaccine across Europe, as several countries have temporarily paused its use while investigating reports of blood clots after receiving the jab.

Portugal, Spain, France and Italy said yesterday the Covid-19 jab will be suspended as a ‘precaution’ despite manufacturer AstraZeneca defending it as safe to use alongside medicines regulators both in the UK and EU.

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