London has the lowest Covid case rate in the country, according to the latest government figures.
Case rates are rising in all parts of England except the capital, the UK Health Security Agency has said.
South West England has the highest rate, with 667.6 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to October 17, up from 327.1.
The East Midlands have the second highest rate at 494.0, down from 496.7, the only region to record a week-over-week decline.
London has the lowest rate at 253.0, down from 220.5.
The highest rate of Covid infections is among those aged 10 to 19, with 1,366.8 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days leading up to October 17, compared with 1,134.9 from week to week. ‘other.
The second highest rate is for children aged five to nine, dropping from 585.0 to 719.2.
For both age groups, this is the highest weekly rate since this data was first collected in October 2020.
The lowest rate is for those aged 80 and over, at 121.2 versus 115.6.
The UK recorded 223 Covid-related deaths within 28 days of testing positive on Wednesday, the biggest daily jump since early March.
Britain has one of the highest case rates in the world, just behind Romania, with daily cases consistently exceeding 40,000.
Ministers are trying to increase booster shots and vaccines for 12 to 15 year olds to resist the implementation of Plan B of its coronavirus control measures this fall and winter if hospitals come under further pressure.
Boris Johnson said the government was sticking to its Covid winter plan despite the “high” number of infections.
Speaking during a visit to a school in County Antrim, the prime minister said the numbers were “within parameters” predicted by scientists advising the government.
“We are continuing the plan we established in July. We are monitoring the numbers very carefully every day, ”he said in a clip bundled for broadcasters.
“The number of infections is high but we are within the parameters of what the predictions were, of what Spi-M (modeling group) and the others said we would be at this point given the measurements that we take.
“We are sticking to our plan. “