The 10 areas most affected by coronavirus as PHE reveals three new hot spots

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Three new zones have now been added to the top 10 of the zones most affected by the coronavirus.

Public Health England has released an updated list of cities with the highest rates of Covid-19 infections.

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Public Health England added three new areas to the top 10 areas most affected by coronavirus

Leicester is still at the top of the list after an epidemic that forced the city to lock up.

But new cases are on the decline, with figures showing that there are now 116 confirmed cases per 100,000 population – up from 141.3 last week.

Data shows that Covid infections are increasing in other places, although Blackburn, Bedford and Peterborough are now on the hotspot danger list.

Leicester is followed by Rochdale (32.7), Bradford (31.8) and Kirklees (29.9), while Blackburn – who is new to the top 10 – was fifth with a rate of 24.6 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

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Coronavirus outbreak in Leicester has seen city forced into foreclosureCredit: Reuters

Next are Rotherham (21.5), Bedford (19.8), Oldham (19.1), Barnsley (17.1) and Peterborough (16.9).

Health officials have said that new Covid cases are highest in the East and Midlands and in Yorkshire and the Humber.

And when you look at all the local authorities across England, “activity remains the highest in Leicester”, although the weekly incidence of confirmed cases “has decreased”.

Most of the new cases are highest in adults 85 years of age or older, according to PHE.

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The new figures were released Thursday as part of the Public Health England weekly surveillance report.

It is based on data from week 27 – between June 29 and July 5 – and revealed that Covid’s activity “continued to decline or remain stable”.

Just over 3,300 cases were detected, compared to just over 4,400 the previous week.

Decline of the case

New separate figures from the National Statistics Office have shown that one in 3,900 was infected with Covid-19 at any time between June 22 and July 5.

Data from the ONS Covid-19 surveillance study for England suggests that an average of 14,000 people had coronavirus during this period.

But the ONS said the decline in cases appears to have stabilized in recent weeks and urged caution in reading the numbers too much due to the low number of positive cases.

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A passenger walks past a sign at the entrance to Glasgow Central Station where masks are required on public transportCredit: PA: Press Association

During the 14 day period from June 22 to July 5, there were approximately two new Covid-19 infections per 10,000 people per week, which equates to approximately 1,700 new cases per day.

The estimates are based on swab tests collected from 25,662 people, of which eight individuals from eight different households were positive.

It does not include data from hospitals or nursing homes.

Meanwhile, recently released data has also shown that the government has not met its target of completing all coronavirus tests within 24 hours by the end of June.

There has been only a minimal increase in the proportion of tests carried out within the time allowed, suggested Thursday statistics from the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs (DHSC).

By committing to former Conservative Secretary of Health Jeremy Hunt on June 3, Boris Johnson said 90% of the tests had already been returned within 24 hours and that he would increase this to everyone except those with “Insurmountable problems” by the end of the month.

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According to DHSC data, this figure increased to 91% of in-person tests completed on time at regional test sites between June 25 and July 1.

However, the department said the proportion of tests returned at the end of the next day had increased to 97.5%.

Separate data from NHS England indicated that 97% of health service labs had an average test time of less than 24 hours, up from 90% last week.

But officials were unable to immediately provide the proportion of tests performed within the limits of Mr. Johnson’s target.

“Not suitable for use”

Baroness Harding, executive chair of the NHS test and traceability program to stem the spread of Covid-19, said she remained “committed to continuous improvement”.

It comes as Sky News reported that the number of people who have been tested for coronavirus in the UK may never be known due to data recording deficiencies as authorities sought to increase the numbers of tests .

The newspaper quoted a senior official as saying that in its first months, the test system and the data it produced were simply “not fit for purpose” while efforts were being made to reach the target. Health Secretary Matt Hancock to test 100,000 people a day. .

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He claimed that paper and paper records were still kept until mid-May, while the DHSC acknowledged – following revisions it had already had to make to its published information – that the figures for July 7 were probably “out of date”. -signed “.

The DHSC defended its reporting efforts, saying that there was “a balance to be struck between quality and timeliness” in the production of new statistics.

The department has stated that the majority of UK statistics are produced in a much longer timeframe, which is why they have been “published as experimental statistics, which means that we expect revisions to occur as that the program matures. “

A spokesperson said, “We quickly created a large-scale test program from scratch and can now provide a test to anyone who needs it.”

“Throughout the pandemic, we have been transparent about our response to the coronavirus and are always looking to improve the data we publish, including how we update test statistics. ”

The spokesperson said the DHSC “would continue to work closely” with the Office of National Statistics and the Statistical Regulatory Office on its approach to the publication of test results.

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