CORONAVIRUS infections are rising in 12 areas across England and this interactive map reveals if your area is on the list.
Official data from Public Health England (PHE) states that 96 per cent of local authorities (302) have seen a drop in case numbers over the last seven days.
The data from PHE comes after experts at the ZOE Symptom Tracker App stated that infections have dropped 27 per cent in the last week.
The experts revealed that there are currently around 14,818 people in the UK with symptomatic Covid – a fall from 20,360 cases a week ago.
The figures suggest that since the peak of 69,000 new cases a day on January 1, cases have dropped by around 79 per cent.
Around one in 233 people in the UK are believed to have symptomatic Covid and the study lead, Professor Tim Spector, today said that vaccines will work to our advantage in driving down infection rates.
But as infection rates continue to fall across the country, there are 12 areas that PHE has record a rise in infection rates over the seven days to February 7.
Rutland in the East Midlands continues to have the highest rate in England, with 186 new cases recorded in the seven days to February 7 – the equivalent of 465.9 cases per 100,000 people.
This is up from 230.4 cases the week before.
This week Rutland and Melton MP Alicia Kearns confirmed that a large amount of the cases in the area were due to an outbreak in HMP Stocken.
She said around half of all cases in Rutland were believed to be from the prison.
Calderdale in West Yorkshire has also seen a rise in cases from 165.5 to 195.8.
Councillors in the area have called for front line staff to be vaccinated, the Halifax Courier reported.
Steven Leigh, who leads the Conservative group on Calderdale Council, said: “Of course, it is an individual’s choice whether they do or not.
“But should patients have a reasonable expectation that front line staff, for example the person giving them the inoculation, have themselves been inoculated.
“Should a condition of being a front line practitioner be that a person has been inoculated in the interest of the patient and the public?”, he said.
Looking to the North East and Middlesbrough has also witnessed an increase in cases from 356.1 to 382.3.
The local council this week launched three rapid coronavirus testing centres so that locals who do not have symptoms can go and get tested.
Mid Devon has also seen a jump in cases, going from 119.1 to 142.1 and health chiefs in the areas have urged people to be vigilant to tackle the spread.
Steve Brown, Devon’s public health chief said he was “concerned” about the amount of cases coming out of work places and urged people to continue to follow the rules during their down time.
Ryedale in North Yorkshire has also seen an increase from 95.7 to 112.0.
In the last week police in the area issued 169 fines across North Yorkshire for breaches of Covid-19 rules, three of which were in Ryedale.
Looking towards the North West and Bolton has witnessed a jump in cases, going from 273.3 to 288.6 in the last week.
Research by public health teams found that infection rates in the area were highest in the oldest age groups and people of a working age.
‘LONG WAY TO GO’
Nearby Preston has also seen a rise in cases, going from 334.0 to 339.5.
Lancashire’s health boss this week said that while Covid rates as a whole are down in Lancashire there is still “a long way to go”.
Dr Sakthi Karunanithi said: “As we’ve seen throughout the pandemic, different areas can vary at different times as local circumstances change. This makes it more difficult to compare areas directly with each other.”
Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire has seen a rise in infection levels, going from 191.3 to 195.5, and Newark & Sherwood, which is also in Nottinghamshire, witnessed an increase from 217.3 to 221.4.
Further North and Hull in East Yorkshire has seen a jump from 159.8 to 163.6.
Cases in Scarborough have also jumped from 103.0 to 106.7.
In North East Lincolnshire cases have jumped from 96.5 to 99.0 and an epidemiology report by the local council found that the Kent variant is now present in 79 per cent of cases in the area.
While cases have risen in the twelve areas above, they are falling in some of the most infected places in the country.
Corby in Northamptonshire has the second highest rate, down from 480.5 to 429.3, with 310 new cases.
Walsall in the West Midlands is in third place, down from 468.7 to 414.7, with 1,184 new cases.