Coronavirus UK: Two-thirds of places in England see number of cases increasing

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Large increases in cases have been reported across England (Photos: PA / SWNS / EPA / REX)

Two-thirds of all local authorities in England saw an increase in coronavirus cases last week, new data has revealed.

Badly-hit places like Bolton and Blackburn, which appeared to have turned a corner just a few weeks ago, have seen some of the biggest increases, according to an analysis of official government figures.

Each of the country’s 315 local authorities saw at least one case in the seven days leading up to September 10, and 210 saw an increase from the week before. Only 91 regions saw infection rates decline while 14 remained unchanged.

In Bolton, 552 new cases were recorded in the seven days to September 10 – the equivalent of 192 per 100,000 population. This is the highest rate in England and dropped from 126.2 in seven days as of September 3.

The city of Greater Manchester almost came out of northern isolation at the end of August after infection rates fell below 20 per 100,000 but Matt Hancock changed his mind at the last minute.

Since then, the toughest restrictions are now being introduced across the country, including a 10pm curfew on bars and restaurants.

A barber was closed on Friday and four takeaways were fined for breaking the rules. Bolton adviser Hilary Fairclough warned companies to expect a “zero tolerance” approach.

In Blackburn with Darwen, the infection rate doubled in one week, from 61.5 to 118.2 with 177 new cases. The infection rate had come down in towns in Lancashire, but now appears to be going in the opposite direction.

In neighboring Hyndburn, the rate fell from 43.2 to 114.8, with 93 new cases.

A Covid-19 social distancing public notice on a Birmingham street (Photo: EPA)

A woman uses a public hand sanitizer in Leeds city center, West Yorkshire, where stricter lockdown measures can be introduced locally after an increase in coronavirus infections.  Photo PA.  Photo date: Friday, September 11, 2020. The head of city council has called for the authority to be granted greater intervention powers to stem the spread of the virus, the latest data from Public Health England showing that just over 500 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in Leeds in the seven days leading up to September 7.  See the story of PA HEALTH Coronavirus.  Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson / PA Wire

A woman uses a public hand sanitizer in Leeds city center (Photo: PA)

A social distancing sign in Leeds city center, West Yorkshire, where stricter lockdowns can be introduced locally after an increase in coronavirus infections.

A social distancing sign in Leeds city center (Photo: PA)

Local weekly figures reflect the situation nationwide where coronavirus cases have been increasing rapidly since the start of the month.

Oadby and Wigston in Leicestershire, who were taken off the government watch list on Friday, saw cases quadruple from 24.6 to 114 per 100,000 last week.

The last English local authority with an infection rate over 100 per 100,000 is Preston where cases stand at 102, down from 61.5.

Strong increases were also seen in Sunderland, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds.

All of these areas are already on the government’s watch list and many are subject to additional restrictions.

As of Tuesday, Birmingham residents have been banned from mingling with anyone outside their homes indoors or in private gardens.

Random door-to-door testing is expected to start Monday in the worst affected areas of the city. Entire households are offered the opportunity to get tested, even if they have no symptoms.

The least affected area, according to data, is Tendring in Essex, which saw only one case last week and has an infection rate of 0.7 per 100,000 people.

Likewise, in North Norfolk, only one case has been recorded and an infection rate of one in 100,000.


20 most affected local authority areas in England

From left to right, we read: the name of the local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to September 10; number (in parentheses) of new cases registered in the seven days prior to September 10; rate of new cases in the seven days to September 3; number (in parentheses) of new cases recorded in the seven days prior to September 3.

  1. Bolt 192,0 (552), 126,2 (363)
  2. Blackburn avec Darwen 118.2 (177) and 61.5 (92)
  3. Hyndburn 114.8 (93) and 43.2 (35)
  4. Oadby et Wigston 114,0 (65), 24,6 (14)
  5. Preston 102.0 (146) and 61.5 (88)
  6. Warrington 98.1 (206) and 29.0 (61)
  7. Tameside 94.5 (214) and 56.5 (128)
  8. Sunderland 94,3 (262), 34,2 (95)
  9. Oldham 91,5 (217), 66,6 (158)
  10. Bradford 90,0 (486), 73,2 (395)
  11. Birmingham 88,8 (1014), 53,0 (605)
  12. Burnley 86.6 (77) and 59.6 (53)
  13. Knowsley 86.2 (130) and 30.5 (46)
  14. Liverpool 85,1 (424), 32,9 (164)
  15. Wirral 81,2 (263), 46,9 (152)
  16. Salford 80.7 (209) and 65.3 (169)
  17. Saint Helens 79.7 (144) and 25.5 (46)
  18. Bury 78.5 (150) and 47.6 (91)
  19. Leicester 78.2 (277) and 44.0 (156)
  20. Manchester 77,4 (428), 54,3 (300)

The list was calculated by the PA news agency and is based on data from Public Health England released on September 13 on the government’s coronavirus dashboard.

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