Rates of Covid-19 cases have increased in all parts of England with a sharp increase in the North West, new figures show.
Public Health England (PHE) ‘s latest weekly surveillance report, released on Thursday, shows rates in the North West of England jumped to 149.6 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days leading up to June 6 , compared to 89.4 week on week.
It is the highest in the region since the week ending February 21 and is also the highest of all regions in England.
Analysis by the PA news agency of separate PHE data, published on the government’s coronavirus dashboard on Thursday, shows that the ten areas with the highest Covid rates in England are all in the north-west .
Blackburn with Darwen in Lancashire continues to have the highest rate, with 937 new cases in the seven days to June 6 – the equivalent of 625.9 cases per 100,000 people.
This is up from 438.9 in seven days as of May 30.
Rossendale in Lancashire has the second highest rate, up slightly from 310.6 to 327.4, with 234 new cases.
Hyndburn – also in Lancashire – has the third highest, rising from 191.3 to 320.8, with 260 new cases.
South West England has the lowest rate: 20.8, up from 9.7 week-over-week.
Meanwhile, the latest figures from NHS England show there were 906 Covid patients in hospital in England at 8 a.m. on Thursday, up from 779 a week earlier and the highest number since May 12.
In the north-west of England, the number of patients is currently 271, the highest since April 19.
Data also showed 147 hospitalizations of people with Covid-19 in England were reported for Tuesday, up from 115 a week earlier and the highest number since April 14.
The figures cover all patients admitted in the previous 24 hours who were known to have Covid-19, as well as all patients diagnosed in hospital with Covid-19 in the previous 24 hours.
PHE also said the rates of cases have increased in almost all age groups in England, with rates rising among those aged 20 to 29 from 54.0 in the week ending May 30 to 121.0 in the seven days before June 6.
This is the age group with the highest rate and the largest increase from week to week, while the second highest rate is among 10 to 19 year olds, rising from 73 , 7 to 99.4.
The latest figures come as Health Secretary Matt Hancock told MPs the Delta variant first identified in India now includes 91% of UK coronavirus cases.
PHE Medical Director Dr Yvonne Doyle said: “Once again we are seeing cases increasing rapidly across the country and the Delta variant is now dominant.
“The increase is mainly in the younger age groups who have not yet received the vaccine and we are seeing more hospital admissions.
“The vaccine rollout is a huge success, but several million people still need one or two doses and protection is not immediate.
“Therefore, follow the directions and remember that it is safer outside. Practice good hand hygiene and wear face coverings in confined spaces.
The government said as of 9 a.m. Thursday there had been 7,393 more laboratory-confirmed cases in the UK.
He added that seven more people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 on Thursday, bringing the UK total to 127,867.
Separate figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that there have been 153,000 registered deaths in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.