Measures due to be lifted today, including allowing small wedding receptions, reopening bowling alleys and casinos, and pilot projects for larger gatherings at sports venues, have been delayed by at least two weeks.
Yesterday, in his daily briefing, the Prime Minister warned that the country “cannot be complacent” in the face of an increase in the prevalence of the coronavirus in the community.
Places like Swindon, Wiltshire, have seen dramatic spikes in Covid-19 infection rates, as they tripled in seven days, Public Health England reveals.
A report from PHE now lists 26 areas that are currently on its watch list, including Peterborough.
Mirror reports, data released yesterday shows the places with the highest increase in cases, per 100,000 population:
- Swindon (from 9.9 to 31.5 with 70 new cases)
- Melton (from 11.7 to 31.3 with 16 new cases)
- Trafford (from 20.3 to 39.8 with 94 new cases)
- Calderdale (from 22.4 to 40 with 84 new cases)
- Bassetlaw (0.9 to 17.1 with 20 new cases)
- Manchester (from 15.3 to 29.2 with 160 new cases)
- Stockport (from 7.5 to 19.9 with 58 new cases)
Public Health England said the number of cases detected across the country had increased week by week.
A report highlighting the hot spots said: ‘Case detections in England have gone from 4,062 in week 29 to 4,130 in week 30.
“At the local authority level, activity was highest in Blackburn and Darwen where the incidence continued to increase. Activity in Leicester continued to decline.
“Case detections were highest among adults aged 85 and older.
Currently, the agency’s watchlist includes 26 cities, many of which were affected by the unexpected announcement of the lockdown yesterday.
The watchlist includes Blackburn with Darwen, Leicester, Oldham, Bradford, Hyndburn (Lancashire), Rochdale, Pendle (Lancashire), Trafford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Manchester and Bolton.
Il comprend également Salford, Burnley (Lancashire), Tameside, Stockport, Bury, Wigan, Rossendale, Oadby et Wigston (Leicestershire), Luton, Eden (Cumbria), Sandwell, Northampton (Northamptonshire), Peterborough, Rotherham, Wakefield.
Data for the seven days through Tuesday, the latest available, show the rate in Blackburn with Darwen remains high, but has come down, while there has been an increase in cases in Oldham.
The places with more than 20 cases per 100,000 in the week through Tuesday – and the Covid-19 rate for the previous week – are:
- Blackburn with Darwen: 83.9 – vs. 92.7
- Oldham: 58.1 – instead of 30.6
- Leicester: 57.1 – vs. 65.6
- Bradford: 46.4 – vs. 45.4
- Calderdale: 40.0 – vs. 22.4
- Trafford: 39.8 – instead of 20.3
- Pendle: 33.9 – instead of 35.0
- Swindon: 31.5 – instead of 9.9
- Melton: 31.3 – instead of 11.7
- Manchester: 29.2 – vs. 15.3
- Rochdale: 28.2 – against 48.6
- Eden: 26.5 – instead of 37.8
- Sandwell: 26.0 – vs. 27.2
- Northampton: 24.0 – vs. 27.1
- Salford: 23.2 – vs. 13.8
- Peterborough: 22.9 – vs. 21.4
- Hyndburn: 22.3 – vs. 48.3
- Kirklees: 21.7 – vs. 26.7
- Burnley: 20.3 – was 15.8