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The UK’s 10 coronavirus hotspots

CORONAVIRUS infections have jumped significantly in four areas in England – with ten areas remaining at risk of further local restrictions being enforced.

Data from Public Health England (PHE) shows which areas in England are most at risk as cases continue to rise.

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The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people and is based on the seven days to August 3.

PHE has excluded data from the most recent three days as it is incomplete and is likely to be revised.

Data showed that Bradford in West Yorkshire has the highest amount of new cases with 48.5 per 100,000 people – equating to 262 new cases of the virus.

Leicester – which was the first city to be put into a further local lockdown has 52.2 per 100,000 people, equating to 185 new cases.

Despite this, case numbers in Leicester have fallen from 62.4 per cent of cases per 100,000 people.

Leicester was the first area in the UK to go into local lockdown

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Leicester was the first area in the UK to go into local lockdown

Manchester is next on the list with 33.1 per 100,000 people, equating to 183 new cases, followed by Oldham with 67.9 per 100,000, or 161 new cases.

It comes after officials in Oldham decided to bring in door to door Covid testing for residents.

Looking to the Midlands and Birmingham has 12.6 per 100,000 people, equating to 144 new cases, while Leeds has 16.3 per 100,000 people or 129 new cases.

It’s followed by Blackburn with Darwen – which has developed its own track and trace system after it blamed the national programme for a high level of cases in the area – has 82.2 per 100,00 or 123 new cases.

Kirklees is next with 24.3 per 100,000 which equates to 107 new cases.

Swindon has 47.7 per 100,000 of the population or 106 new cases, while Calderdale has 45.9 per 100,00 or 97 new cases.

 

 

Where have cases numbers jumped?

When it comes to the areas in England where case loads have increased, Oldham has seen the biggest rise going from 55.7 to 67.9 per 100,000, with 161 new cases.

Pendle is up from 46.7 to 58.6 per 100,000 with 54 new cases, while Swindon is up from 30.6 to 47.7 per 100,000, with 106 new cases.

Calderdale in West Yorkshire is up from 35.0 to 45.9 per 100,000 with 97 new cases and Manchester is also up from 28.0 to 33.1 per 100,000, with 183 new cases.

Earlier this week Manchester’s mayor Andy Burnham urged the government to reinstate shielding measures after a major virus incident was declared.

On Monday it was reported that cases in the city had doubled in a week and that the infection rate in the area is now as high as it was in May.

It was also revealed yesterday that there had been an outbreak of the virus at a Royal Mail delivery office.

Some 19 workers tested positive for the killer bug, according to the Communication Workers Union.

A mobile testing unit is being set up at the delivery office in Oldham Road and contact tracing has started.

The World Health Organisation has previously said the chances of an infected person contaminating items of post is low, as are the chances of contracting the virus from packages.

Studies have shown the virus is less stable on paper and cardboard than it is on plastic or metal objects, and a study by the New England Journal of Medicine found it was not traceable on cardboard after 24 hours.

Coronavirus outbreak at Royal Mail delivery office in Manchester as ’19 workers hit by bug’

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