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COVID infections now rising in 55 areas – map shows rate in your area

Ross McGuinness
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Check our interactive map to see the number of COVID cases in your area (Yahoo/PA)
Check our interactive map to see the number of COVID cases in your area. (Yahoo/PA)

One in seven areas of the UK are now seeing a weekly rise in coronavirus cases, government data has revealed.

According to the latest government figures published on Monday, COVID-19 cases rose in 55 areas out of 380 across the UK in the week ending 24 February, despite numbers dropping in the UK as a whole.

Please scroll to the bottom to see a full list of areas where COVID cases are rising.

The interactive map below shows the seven-day case rates per 100,000 people across the UK. Areas where cases are rising are red, and areas where cases are falling are blue.

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The biggest weekly rise was in East Lothian in Scotland, where cases are up 50.6% from 81 to 122.

The area has a seven-day case rate of 108.3 per 100,000 people.

Worthing in West Sussex has the next highest rise of 47%, from 83 cases to 122, and a seven-day case rate of 95.9 per 100,000 people.

East Dunbartonshire in Scotland had a rise of 42.5%, cases in Mid and East Antrim in Northern Ireland increased by 37.3%.

While cases are rising in these areas, overall numbers of new cases are higher elsewhere.

The highest rate of new cases was in Corby, which has a seven-day rolling rate of 303.2 cases per 100,000 people – though this is a decrease of 5% on the previous week.

The other areas with the highest overall case rates are:

Peterborough – 261.1 per 100,000

North Warwickshire – 243.6 per 100,000

Fenland – 243.5 per 100,000

Tamworth – 239.9 per 100,000

Leicester – 239.7 per 100,000

Sandwell – 234.4 per 100,000

Preston – 225.7 per 100,000

Bury – 225.1 per 100,000

Mansfield – 224.1 per 100,000

Last Friday, England’s deputy chief medical officer, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, said it was “sobering” that infections were rising in a large number of areas.

During Monday’s news briefing from Downing Street, Prof Van-Tam said the UK vaccine programme is “going to hopefully take us into a very different world in the next few months”.

He was reacting to a study from Public Health England (PHE) which showed that a single shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is more than 80% effective at preventing hospital admission among the over-80s about three to four weeks after the first dose.

The study, which has yet to be peer-reviewed, included more than 7.5 million people aged 70 and over in England.

Watch: Covid vaccine reduces risk of serious illness by 80%

Prof Van-Tam said: “I think there’s quite a significant likelihood that a second dose of vaccine is going to mature your immune response, possibly make it broader and almost certainly make it longer than it would otherwise be in relation to a first dose only.”

He said the latest scientific data had “vindicated” the UK’s decision to give the Oxford vaccine to older people.

Some countries have refused to administer the vaccine to the over-65s because of a lack of clinical trial data on older age groups.

Boris Johnson announced last month that the government has four tests which must be met before moving on to the next phases of its lockdown easing plan for England.

One of those tests is that COVID infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS.

Here are the 55 areas where cases have increased in the week ending 24 February and by what percentage:

East Lothian - 50.60%

Worthing - 47.00%

East Dunbartonshire - 42.50%

Mid and East Antrim - 37.30%

Rother - 37.00%

Fenland - 29.10%

Swindon - 25.00%

Torridge - 25.00%

East Lindsey - 25.00%

South Somerset - 25.00%

Midlothian - 24.80%

Ipswich - 23.00%

Richmondshire - 22.60%

Mendip - 22.60%

Lisburn and Castlereagh - 22.20%

Cheltenham - 22.00%

Torfaen - 21.30%

South Holland - 18.60%

North East Lincolnshire - 16.70%

Cotswold - 14.70%

Belfast - 12.70%

York - 12.50%

Scottish Borders - 12.50%

Colchester - 12.00%

Wychavon - 11.90%

Wokingham - 10.90%

South Ayrshire - 10.30%

Sheffield - 10.10%

Malvern Hills - 10.00%

West Lindsey - 8.50%

Warwick - 8.50%

Cherwell - 8.40%

Woking - 8.20%

Stoke-on-Trent - 7.00%

Hyndburn - 7.00%

Glasgow City - 6.30%

City of Edinburgh - 6.20%

Thurrock - 5.50%

Derry City and Strabane - 5.50%

Oadby and Wigston - 5.30%

North Lincolnshire - 4.10%

Rossendale - 3.80%

North Warwickshire - 3.70%

Vale of White Horse - 3.60%

Lincoln - 3.30%

Lewes - 3.00%

Dacorum - 2.70%

Kingston upon Hull, City of - 2.60%

Islington - 1.80%

Tunbridge Wells - 1.70%

Stockport - 0.80%

Rotherham - 0.60%

Tower Hamlets - 0.60%

Fife - 0.40%

Rochdale - 0.30%

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