COVID cases are rising in 38 places in England, with hotspots spread across the country.
Government data reveals how the outbreak is changing in the last few weeks of the national lockdown.
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It shows that on the whole, cases are dwindling across the nation and are no higher than 172 cases per 100,000 people in Rotherham.
There are increases in a quarter of the 149 authorities.
But most of these are barely up 10 per cent, and could just be down to a handful of new cases.
It comes as:
- Boris Johnson faces a rebellion over the Covid passport plan as 72 MPs including 40 Tories joined forces in bid to block it.
- Four more countries have been added to the UK's travel red list – Philippines, Pakistan, Kenya, and Bangladesh.
- UK regulators have declared another 25 cases of blood clots in people who have had the AstraZeneca vaccine, but experts say the benefits still outweigh any risks.
Bexley saw the largest jump in its infection rate in the week to March 28, according to yesterday’s Public Health England (PHE) report.
Cases doubled from 32 to 63 cases per 100,000 residents in seven days.
The case rate is still low relative to the sky high figures recorded at the peak of the second wave in January.
Second was Isle of Wight and third was Trafford, where cases grew by about 70 per cent.
Infection rates were recorded as 17 and 75 per 100,000, respectively.
PHE said overall, cases numbers decreased slightly over the week, which experts say is to be expected given that the lockdown exit plan has been put into motion.
The data reflects cases that may have occurred since schools reopened on March 8.
PHE said there had been “slight increases” in those aged between 10 and 19 years old in the past three weeks.
Data shows that since March 11, cases went up from 57.4 per 100,000 people in that age bracket to 109.8 per 100,000.
The report also said 42.2 per cent of people in England had been given the vaccine as of March 28.
Ninety per cent of those aged over 65 and 80 per cent of those over 55 have now been jabbed.
The success of the vaccine programme has contributed to plummeting cases over the past few weeks.
Full list of where cases have increased
Cases are shown per 100,000 residents
- Bexley: 97.45% from 31.82 to 62.83
- Isle of Wight: 71.36% from 9.88 to 16.93
- Trafford: 70.17% from 43.82 to 74.57
- Rutland: 64.70% from 42.58 to 70.13
- Kensington and Chelsea: 27.92% from 27.54 to 35.23
- Bracknell Forest: 26.31% from 31.01 to 39.17
- Rotherham: 21.87% from 141.29 to 172.19
- Harrow: 20.86% from 45.79 to 55.34
- Hammersmith and Fulham: 18.18% from 35.65 to 42.13
- Oxfordshire: 17.93% from 34.7 to 40.92
- Devon: 17.37% from 15.08 to 17.7
- Plymouth: 17.18% from 37.77 to 44.26
- Sandwell: 16.48% from 83.12 to 96.82
- Hackney and City of London: 16.10% from 19.25 to 22.35
- Leeds: 14.90% from 102.38 to 117.63
- Windsor and Maidenhead: 13.26% from 54.81 to 62.08
- Barnet: 10.33% from 24.5 to 27.03
- Cornwall and Isles of Scilly: 7.25% from 16.96 to 18.19
- Calderdale: 7.11% from 93.16 to 99.78
- Somerset: 6.98% from 38.24 to 40.91
- Enfield: 6.71% from 31.16 to 33.25
- Leicestershire: 6.34% from 69.25 to 73.64
- Hampshire: 6.20% from 30.31 to 32.19
- Norfolk: 4.31% from 33.16 to 34.59
- Barking and Dagenham: 4.28% from 54.95 to 57.3
- South Gloucestershire: 3.62% from 38.93 to 40.34
- Stoke-on-Trent: 3.50% from 78.01 to 80.74
- Oldham: 3.16% from 107.12 to 110.5
- Haringey: 2.84% from 26.06 to 26.8
- Cumbria: 2.65% from 22.6 to 23.2
- Wolverhampton: 1.83% from 62.27 to 63.41
- Kent: 1.31% from 33.7 to 34.14
- Central Bedfordshire: 1.30% from 53.01 to 53.7
- Wakefield: 1.27% from 135.8 to 137.52
- Manchester: 1.17% from 92.43 to 93.51
- Walsall: 0.98% from 71.11 to 71.81
- Milton Keynes: 0.76% from 48.99 to 49.36
- Bristol, City of: 0.45% from 49.2 to 49.42
Yesterday it was revealed that cases had come down by 94 per cent since the start of the year.
The ZOE COVID Symptom Study UK Infection Survey figures also revealed a 13 per cent drop in the number of people catching the virus each day in one week.
Lead of the study Professor Tim Spector said: “The data shows we’re in a good position as we begin to resume life outside of lockdown and the effect of the vaccine programme should keep numbers low.”
Similarly the Office for National Statistics revealed one in 370 people had Covid in the week to March 27 – down from one in 340 the week prior and the lowest since September 24 when the second wave took off.
But although case numbers are coming down, the pace is not as rapid as it was before.
Kevin McConway, an emeritus professor of applied statistics at The Open University, said this was not surprising.
He added: “A levelling off in infections, or a small increase, should be much less of a problem, now that many people in the most vulnerable groups have been vaccinated and should be protected to a considerable extent from serious illness or death, if they do become infected.”
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