THREE new areas have today been added to the top 10 areas worst hit by coronavirus. An updated list of towns and cities with the highest rates of Covid-19 infections has been published by Public Health England.
Leicester still remains at the top of the list after an outbreak which forced the city back into lockdown.
But new cases are declining with figures showing there are now 116 confirmed cases per 100,000 people – down from 141.3 last week. The data shows that Covid infections are rising in other places though with Blackburn, Bedford and Peterborough now on the hotspot danger list.
Leicester is followed by Rochdale (32.7), Bradford (31.8) and Kirklees (29.9), while Blackburn – which is new to the top 10 – was fifth with a Covid case rate of 24.2 per 100,000 people.
Next was Rotherham (21.5), Bedford (19.8), Oldham (19.1), Barnsley (17.1) and Peterborough (16.9). Health officials said that new Covid cases are highest in the East and Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber.
And when looking at all local authorities across England, „activity remains highest in Leicester”, though the weekly incidence of confirmed cases „has declined”. Most new cases are highest in adults aged 85 or over, according to PHE.
The new figures were published on Thursday as part of Public Health England’s weekly surveillance report. It is based on data from week 27 – between June 29 and July 5 – and found Covid activity „continued to decline or remain stable”.
There were just over 3,300 cases detected – compared to just over 4,400 the previous week.
Separate new figures from the Office for National Statistics showed one in 3,900 people were infected with Covid-19 at any point between June 22 and July 5.
The data from the ONS Covid-19 surveillance study for England suggests an estimated average of 14,000 people had coronavirus during that time.
But the ONS said the decline in cases appears to have levelled off in recent weeks and urged caution over reading too much into the figures due to the low number of positive cases.
During the 14-day period from June 22 to July 5, there were an estimated two new Covid-19 infections for every 10,000 people per week, equating to an estimated 1,700 new cases per day.
The estimates are based on swab tests collected from 25,662 people, of which eight individuals from eight different households tested positive.
It does not include data from those in hospitals or care homes.