Cases are dropping in much of the UK but 11% of areas saw a rise last week (Picture: Metro.co.uk)
Knowsley in Merseyside has become the worst affected place in England for Covid-19 as a third wave of infections hits the North West.
But cases were dropping in the vast majority of places in the country in the seven days to January 13, new figures have revealed.
The latest data shows the situation is steadily improving in areas badly affected by the new variant of coronavirus which emerged just before Christmas.
The country’s third lockdown – announced on January 4 – appears to have been successful in bringing down the rate of infection overall but four local authority areas still had case rates of more than 1,000 per 100,000.
Data from the Government’s coronavirus dashboard shows the case rates for every local authority area in England.
The figures, for the seven days to January 13, are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the Government’s testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two).
Data for the most recent four days (January 14-17) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.
Of the 315 local areas in England, 36 (11%) have seen a rise in case rates while 279 (89%) have seen a fall.
Knowsley now has the highest rate in England, with 1,853 new cases recorded in the seven days to January 13 – the equivalent of 1,228.3 cases per 100,000 people. This is down slightly from 1,266.1 in the seven days to January 6.
The 10 areas with the biggest week-on-week rise in rates, based on Public Health England data published on January 17 (Picture: Metro.co.uk)
Top 20 worst affected areas for Covid in seven days to January 13
From left to right, the list reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to January 13; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to January 13; rate of new cases in the seven days to January 6; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to January 6.
- Knowsley, 1,228.3, (1,853), 1,266.1, (1,910)
- Barking and Dagenham, 1,096.3, (2,334), 1,578.2, (3,360)
- Newham, 1,043.2, (3,684), 1,416.7, (5,003)
- Slough, 1,014.5, (1,517), 1,068.6, (1,598)
- Halton, 985.2, (1,275), 1,224.0, (1,584)
- Brent, 968.9, (3,195), 1,081.1, (3,565)
- Ealing, 949.7, (3,246), 1,066.1, (3,644)
- Rushmoor, 942.9, (892), 1,299.2, (1,229)
- Hounslow, 928.8, (2,522), 1,146.9, (3,114)
- Harlow, 928.0, (808), 1,384.0, (1,205)
- Sefton, 928.0, (2,565), 990.6, (2,738)
- Thurrock, 924.1, (1,611), 1,356.5, (2,365)
- Tendring, 919.8, (1,348), 1,176.3, (1,724)
- Liverpool, 911.0, (4,537), 963.0, (4,796)
- Sandwell, 898.8, (2,952), 963.3, (3,164)
- Eastbourne, 888.7, (922), 989.9, (1,027)
- Carlisle, 887.9, (965), 1,128.1, (1,226)
- Castle Point, 886.3, (801), 1,268.0, (1,146)
- Wolverhampton, 885.5, (2,332), 1,046.5, (2,756)
- Croydon, 879.7, (3,402), 1,082.5, (4,186)
Last week the area’s public health director Dr Sarah McNulty said the spike in infections was due to a ‘perfect storm’ of factors.
Merseyside was the worst hit part of the country at the tail end of last year but a mass testing programme and strict restrictions brought infection rates down.
The Liverpool city region was then placed in tier two after the November lockdown, meaning pubs and restaurants could open.
Dr McNulty said it was this, combined with the new strain of the virus and Christmas mixing, that were to blame for the massive increase. Deprivation and the fact many people in the area do jobs that can’t be done from home could also be factors, she said.
Commuters during the rush hour at Canning Town underground station in London this morning (Picture: Reuters)
The 10 areas with the biggest week-on-week rise in rates
- Norwich (up from 520.0 to 658.0)
- Preston (383.6 to 497.4)
- Mansfield (498.6 to 606.5)
- South Ribble (436.0 to 522.6)
- Plymouth (251.0 to 317.4)
- Torbay (204.0 to 265.7)
- Redditch (593.5 to 649.8)
- Malvern Hills (291.0 to 346.9)
- Chesterfield (354.6 to 409.9)
- Chorley (345.1 to 395.0)
Barking and Dagenham in London now has the second highest rate, but cases decreased from 1,578.2 to 1,096.3, with 2,334 new postive test results.
Another London borough, Newham, is in third place, but again infection rates fell from a high of 1,416.7 in the previous week to 1,043.2, with 3,684 new cases.
Slough in Berkshire was the only other local authority to have an infection rate higher than 1,000 per 100,000. There was very little change here in the period to January 13. Infections stood at 1,014.5 per 100,000 which was down from 1,068.6.
While the picture was improving for much of the country, some areas saw a rise in case rates. Norwich saw the biggest week-on-week increase with infections up from 520 per 100,000 to 658.
Police patrol the promenade and seafront in Bournemouth during the third lockdown (Picture: Getty Images Europe
The 10 areas with the largest week-on-week drop in rates
- Epping Forest (down from 1,227.9 to 662.9)
- Brentwood (1,029.6 to 498.6)
- Basildon (1,154,4 to 635.2)
- Redbridge (1,392.8 to 879.0)
- Barking and Dagenham (1,578.2 to 1,096.3)
- Havering (1,214.8 to 741.7)
- Broxbourne (1,227.4 to 771.0)
- Harlow (1,384.0 to 928.0)
- Bexley (1,192.6 to 748.3)
- Thurrock (1,356.5 to 924.1)
Things also got substantially worse in Preston and Mansfield which both saw week-on-week rises of more than 100 cases per 100,000.
In contrast, case rates fell dramatically is some of the areas that were previously badly affected. Epping Forest in Essex saw the biggest drop – down from 1,227.9 to 662.9 while nearby Brentwood and Basildon also registered big decreases.
In London, the eastern boroughs of Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham and Havering all saw the situation improve.
Both the capital and South East England were the first to be placed under tier four restrictions on December 19 and have since been in full lockdown, meaning non-essential businesses have been closed for a month.
Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at [email protected].
For more stories like this, check our news page.