Coronavirus UK: Infection rates rise in three new areas

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The infection rate has plummeted in some of the worst affected areas in the UK (Photo: Getty / PA)

Coronavirus infection rates jumped in three new areas ahead of the public holiday weekend.

The city of Kettering fell from 16.7 to 38.3, with 39 new cases, while Redditch saw an increase from 4.7 to 36.4 with 31 new cases.

Meanwhile, there are 87 new cases in Hackney and the City of London, with the infection rate dropping from 12.0 to 29.9.

However, new figures released on Friday show the Borough of Pendle in Lancashire is still the worst affected area.

Pendle has recorded 52 new cases – meaning it has a rate of 56.5 per 100,000 people.

This is the highest rate in England, but it is still down to 68.4 in seven days as of August 17.

The rate in Blackburn with Darwen is also down to 54.1 from 58.8, with 81 new cases.

Oldham has the third highest rate in the UK, dropping from 75.1 to 54.0, with 128 new cases.

Oldham residents have been told to continue to avoid mixing with others (Photo: Getty)


The 30 areas with the worst infection rates

The list was calculated by the PA news agency and is based on data from Public Health England released on August 28 on the government’s online coronavirus dashboard.

  • Pendle 56,5 (52), 68,4 (63)
  • Blackburn avec Darwen 54,1 (81), 58,8 (88)
  • Oldham 54,0 (128), 75,1 (178)
  • Bradford 43,0 (232), 46,7 (252)
  • Manchester 42,0 (232), 46,3 (256)
  • Corby 40,2 (29), 16,6 (12)
  • Kettering 38,3 (39), 16,7 (17)
  • Northampton 37,0 (83), 40,5 (91)
  • Redditch 36,4 (31), 4,7 (4)
  • Burnley 34,9 (31), 23,6 (21)
  • Rochdale 33,7 (75), 43,2 (96)
  • Oadby et Wigston 33,3 (19), 21,0 (12)
  • Swindon 30,6 (68), 48,6 (108)
  • Leicester 29,9 (106), 55,0 (195)
  • Hackney and City of London 29.9 (87), 12.0 (35)
  • Bury 29.8 (57), 31.4 (60)
  • Preston 29,3 (42), 23,8 (34)
  • Calderdale 28,8 (61), 33,6 (71)
  • Oxford 28,2 (43), 17,7 (27)
  • Middlesbrough 27,0 (38), 10,6 (15)
  • Salford 26,3 (68), 33,2 (86)
  • Great Yarmouth 26,2 (26), 1,0 (1)
  • Tameside 26,0 (59), 27,8 (63)
  • Hyndburn 25,9 (21), 24,7 (20)
  • Leeds 25,6 (203), 17,7 (140)
  • Trafford 25,3 (60), 19,8 (47)
  • Sandwell 25,3 (83), 21,0 (69)
  • Birmingham 25,2 (288), 26,2 (299)
  • Kirklees 25,0 (110), 34,6 (152)
  • Windsor et Maidenhead 22,5 (34), 11,9 (18)

It comes as foreclosure rules are set to be lifted in parts of Greater Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire.

Socialization restrictions introduced last month will be lifted at Bolton, Stockport, Trafford, Burnley and Hyndburn.

Parts of Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees will also line up with the rest of England on September 2.

However, a ban on two households from mixing indoors will remain in place in the city of Manchester, Salford, Rochdale, Bury and Tameside.

A government statement said: “In Pendle and Blackburn, residents will continue to be urged to avoid mingling with anyone from another household anywhere.

“Some businesses and organizations remain closed in Blackburn and Darwen.

Pendle recorded the highest number of cases per 100,000 people in England in the week ending August 20, reaching 67.8.

“The ban on two households mixing indoors will continue in Preston.

“In addition to restrictions on indoor gatherings, some businesses in the leisure sector will remain closed. The next review of these measures will take place on September 11. ”

The new figures appear as nine more people die from the coronavirus, bringing the total to 41,436.

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