Huge 70 per cent of England’s towns and cities see post-Christmas rise in Covid cases

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A total of 70 per cent of towns and cities in England saw a rise in Covid cases after Christmas – with alarming rises in Merseyside and the West Midlands.

Of 315 local authority areas, 222 have experienced a week-on-week rise in the seven days to last Thursday, Public Health England data reveals.

Barking & Dagenham, in East London, is England's worst coronavirus hotspot, with 3,251 new cases recorded in just a week.

This is the equivalent of 1,527 cases per 100,000 people – a very slight fall from the previous week's 1,531.2.

Nearby Newham has the second highest rate, up from 1,336.6 to 1,390.1 with 4,909 new cases.

Leaders in Liverpool have voiced alarm over "sobering" increases in cases, with Knowsley having the highest week-on-week rise in the country.

The full list is shown below – see what the latest figures are in your area

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This evening Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the Downing Street press conference: "We're at the worst point of this pandemic."

In the West Midlands, Wolverhampton, Sandwell and Walsall also saw huge rises.

The 10 areas with the biggest week-on-week rise in rates:

  • 1 Knowsley (up from 537.6 to 1,341.0)
  • 2 Halton (639.8 to 1,227.1)
  • 3 Liverpool (461.2 to 988.5)
  • 4 Sefton (495.3 to 1,018.4)
  • 5 Tendring (764.9 to 1,201.5)
  • 6 St Helens (371.0 to 797.4)
  • 7 Isle of Wight (707.5 to 1,108.1)
  • 8 Wirral (560.8 to 921.3)
  • 9 Worcester (400.1 to 746.9)
  • 10 Bournemouth Christchurch & Poole (503.1 to 844.9)

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There have been 926 deaths on average each day over past week, Mr Hancock revealed.

He added that "we don’t rule out taking further action if it is needed" regarding more restrictions for England, as he pleaded with the public to follow coronavirus rules and reduce all social contact that is not “absolutely” necessary.

Steve Rotheram, mayor of Liverpool City Region, said: "These are sobering figures and it's clear that the virus is spreading very rapidly across the country, and worryingly so for the North West and in particular the Liverpool City Region.

"I'd urge everyone to be extra careful and keep doing everything to keep yourself and loved ones safe to stop our NHS being overwhelmed."

Liverpool has seen a 'sobering' rise in new Covid cases, latest data shows
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Earlier today England's chief medical officer, Prof Chris Whitty warned the UK is now at its “most dangerous time” with the real threat of the NHS being overwhelmed.

And he warned Brits to avoid “any single unnecessary contact” with anyone else because it could lead to a vulnerable person’s death. That includes going to nurseries and places of worship, he said – which people should only do if they really have to.

Coronavirus infection rates in your area

These are the week-on-week figures for each local authority area in England, with the worst affected at the top.

The figures show: rate of new cases in the seven days to January 7 and the number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in this period; It then shows the rate of new cases in the seven days to December 31 and the number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in that time

Barking and Dagenham, 1527.0, (3251), 1531.2, (3260)
Newham, 1390.1, (4909), 1336.6, (4720)
Redbridge, 1342.3, (4097), 1420.9, (4337)
Knowsley, 1341.0, (2023), 537.6, (811)
Thurrock, 1311.8, (2287), 1477.6, (2576)
Harlow, 1309.3, (1140), 1358.7, (1183)
Rushmoor, 1294.9, (1225), 1143.8, (1082)
Halton, 1227.1, (1588), 639.8, (828)
Broxbourne, 1216.1, (1183), 1370.3, (1333)
Tendring, 1201.5, (1761), 764.9, (1121)
Enfield, 1195.3, (3990), 1213.0, (4049)
Castle Point, 1169.6, (1057), 1367.6, (1236)
Bexley, 1167.6, (2899), 1188.1, (2950)
Epping Forest, 1161.8, (1530), 1375.2, (1811)
Gravesham, 1142.7, (1222), 1168.0, (1249)
Waltham Forest, 1140.1, (3158), 1089.6, (3018)
Tower Hamlets, 1136.6, (3691), 1221.6, (3967)
Crawley, 1133.4, (1274), 880.7, (990)
Hounslow, 1131.8, (3073), 1046.7, (2842)
Carlisle, 1128.1, (1226), 852.1, (926)
Havering, 1121.2, (2910), 1278.0, (3317)
Isle of Wight, 1108.1, (1571), 707.5, (1003)
Dartford, 1095.9, (1234), 1204.2, (1356)
Slough, 1076.6, (1610), 1007.1, (1506)
Ealing, 1073.7, (3670), 890.3, (3043)
Greenwich, 1071.0, (3084), 1040.5, (2996)
Croydon, 1070.1, (4138), 1015.2, (3926)
Basildon, 1068.4, (2000), 1240.9, (2323)
Brent, 1065.9, (3515), 966.4, (3187)
Haringey, 1035.9, (2783), 1015.1, (2727)
Hillingdon, 1029.4, (3159), 942.4, (2892)
Sefton, 1018.4, (2815), 495.3, (1369)
Lewisham, 1016.9, (3110), 976.3, (2986)
Wolverhampton, 1013.5, (2669), 731.3, (1926)
Burnley, 1000.9, (890), 724.2, (644)
Southwark, 1000.2, (3189), 895.8, (2856)
Liverpool, 988.5, (4923), 461.2, (2297)
Eastbourne, 985.1, (1022), 739.3, (767)
Braintree, 979.0, (1494), 1074.0, (1639)
Sandwell, 967.9, (3179), 634.8, (2085)
Brentwood, 951.7, (733), 1313.9, (1012)
Chelmsford, 951.3, (1697), 1041.0, (1857)
Sutton, 946.5, (1953), 1072.5, (2213)
Medway, 946.3, (2636), 1087.4, (3029)
Southend-on-Sea, 945.3, (1731), 1157.1, (2119)
Barnet, 942.2, (3730), 1009.7, (3997)
Lambeth, 935.8, (3051), 851.4, (2776)
Corby, 926.4, (669), 592.7, (428)
Spelthorne, 923.4, (922), 842.3, (841)
Luton, 923.2, (1967), 738.8, (1574)
Wirral, 921.3, (2985), 560.8, (1817)
Hertsmere, 917.9, (963), 1029.4, (1080)
Harrow, 913.0, (2293), 943.2, (2369)
Bromley, 911.7, (3030), 1098.0, (3649)
Bedford, 903.1, (1565), 854.0, (1480)
Cherwell, 893.0, (1344), 787.4, (1185)
Merton, 882.6, (1823), 1020.1, (2107)
Watford, 881.2, (851), 1012.7, (978)
Northampton, 874.4, (1964), 679.0, (1525)
Hackney and City of London, 870.9, (2533), 913.2, (2656)
Pendle, 868.5, (800), 584.1, (538)
Colchester, 866.4, (1687), 753.4, (1467)
Maldon, 862.5, (560), 945.7, (614)
Welwyn Hatfield, 855.0, (1052), 766.4, (943)
Milton Keynes, 845.8, (2279), 914.1, (2463)
Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole, 844.9, (3340), 503.1, (1989)
Stevenage, 841.3, (739), 770.7, (677)
South Bucks, 829.5, (581), 998.0, (699)
Tandridge, 822.7, (725), 809.0, (713)
Hastings, 822.4, (762), 814.8, (755)
Rochford, 810.4, (708), 1059.9, (926)
St Helens, 797.4, (1440), 371.0, (670)
Surrey Heath, 796.1, (711), 762.6, (681)
Walsall, 791.0, (2258), 580.8, (1658)
Islington, 790.6, (1917), 770.4, (1868)
Warrington, 776.6, (1631), 524.3, (1101)
Maidstone, 775.2, (1332), 822.9, (1414)
Birmingham, 765.6, (8742), 533.1, (6087)
Uttlesford, 762.5, (696), 781.1, (713)
Hartlepool, 762.3, (714), 736.7, (690)
Folkestone and Hythe, 756.7, (855), 764.6, (864)
Reading, 754.1, (1220), 561.9, (909)
Ashford, 753.7, (980), 834.4, (1085)
Wandsworth, 749.2, (2470), 761.7, (2511)
Worcester, 746.9, (756), 400.1, (405)
Brighton and Hove, 740.8, (2155), 627.4, (1825)
Reigate and Banstead, 739.5, (1100), 782.5, (1164)
Hammersmith and Fulham, 735.6, (1362), 728.1, (1348)
Blackburn with Darwen, 735.5, (1101), 565.1, (846)
Woking, 734.2, (740), 691.5, (697)
Eden, 732.4, (390), 623.4, (332)
Epsom and Ewell, 731.8, (590), 819.8, (661)
Worthing, 729.9, (807), 606.0, (670)
Three Rivers, 728.7, (680), 958.0, (894)
Lewes, 727.2, (751), 592.6, (612)
Bracknell Forest, 725.4, (889), 789.1, (967)
Ipswich, 709.2, (971), 538.3, (737)
Dudley, 704.9, (2267), 517.7, (1665)
Swale, 702.9, (1055), 774.9, (1163)
Kingston upon Thames, 697.4, (1238), 800.0, (1420)
Hyndburn, 693.5, (562), 484.9, (393)
Thanet, 683.5, (970), 651.1, (924)
Wycombe, 679.7, (1187), 665.4, (1162)
Bromsgrove, 674.8, (674), 441.5, (441)
Adur, 667.2, (429), 564.5, (363)
Runnymede, 663.1, (593), 625.1, (559)
East Hertfordshire, 661.8, (991), 723.2, (1083)
Mole Valley, 659.1, (575), 519.2, (453)
Wealden, 655.8, (1059), 621.8, (1004)
Havant, 655.2, (827), 654.4, (826)
Allerdale, 653.6, (639), 432.7, (423)
Camden, 646.2, (1745), 651.8, (1760)
Kensington and Chelsea, 644.3, (1006), 607.8, (949)
Sevenoaks, 644.3, (778), 786.7, (950)
York, 636.2, (1340), 464.8, (979)
Derby, 633.9, (1631), 487.4, (1254)
Southampton, 633.2, (1599), 594.0, (1500)
Arun, 632.6, (1017), 691.7, (1112)
Hart, 631.5, (613), 675.8, (656)
Elmbridge, 630.1, (862), 726.6, (994)
East Staffordshire, 626.3, (750), 498.5, (597)
Windsor and Maidenhead, 624.7, (946), 684.8, (1037)
Dacorum, 621.6, (962), 675.9, (1046)
Tonbridge and Malling, 621.2, (821), 759.7, (1004)
South Staffordshire, 617.2, (694), 521.2, (586)
Rother, 614.1, (590), 633.8, (609)
Babergh, 610.6, (562), 523.7, (482)
Portsmouth, 609.1, (1309), 610.5, (1312)
Waverley, 606.4, (766), 617.4, (780)
Dover, 602.7, (712), 540.1, (638)
Aylesbury Vale, 601.2, (1199), 627.7, (1252)
St Albans, 600.2, (891), 730.9, (1085)
Cannock Chase, 599.4, (604), 508.1, (512)
Redditch, 599.3, (511), 415.2, (354)
Wellingborough, 598.4, (477), 420.3, (335)
Ribble Valley, 597.8, (364), 497.6, (303)
Barrow-in-Furness, 596.6, (400), 298.3, (200)
Great Yarmouth, 581.9, (578), 522.5, (519)
Ashfield, 573.0, (733), 508.9, (651)
Broadland, 571.9, (748), 475.6, (622)
Leicester, 568.8, (2015), 432.5, (1532)
Central Bedfordshire, 567.1, (1637), 621.2, (1793)
Westminster, 565.6, (1478), 565.6, (1478)
Canterbury, 564.1, (933), 546.0, (903)
Daventry, 559.6, (481), 482.8, (415)
Coventry, 556.4, (2067), 407.5, (1514)
Oxford, 554.9, (846), 479.5, (731)
North Hertfordshire, 551.0, (736), 467.2, (624)
Cheshire West and Chester, 549.2, (1884), 480.7, (1649)
Telford and Wrekin, 547.1, (984), 298.0, (536)
Swindon, 546.4, (1214), 505.0, (1122)
Mid Sussex, 545.0, (823), 562.8, (850)
Middlesbrough, 542.6, (765), 422.8, (596)
Norwich, 542.1, (762), 464.5, (653)
Wokingham, 540.0, (924), 558.7, (956)
Horsham, 538.3, (774), 499.3, (718)
Huntingdonshire, 534.9, (952), 464.1, (826)
Copeland, 532.4, (363), 250.8, (171)
Solihull, 530.1, (1147), 419.6, (908)
Selby, 528.6, (479), 321.1, (291)
South Northamptonshire, 527.0, (498), 562.0, (531)
Richmond upon Thames, 521.2, (1032), 658.0, (1303)
Peterborough, 517.2, (1046), 455.4, (921)
Breckland, 516.5, (723), 437.2, (612)
Oadby and Wigston, 515.7, (294), 498.1, (284)
Fenland, 515.5, (525), 378.0, (385)
Guildford, 515.4, (768), 557.7, (831)
Basingstoke and Deane, 514.8, (909), 394.7, (697)
Rugby, 512.2, (558), 438.8, (478)
Mansfield, 511.4, (559), 397.0, (434)
Gedling, 510.6, (602), 364.7, (430)
Rossendale, 507.8, (363), 331.6, (237)
Amber Valley, 505.7, (648), 479.1, (614)
Fareham, 505.0, (587), 505.0, (587)
Kettering, 501.1, (510), 373.4, (380)
Wychavon, 500.6, (648), 322.9, (418)
Cambridge, 497.6, (621), 510.4, (637)
Craven, 497.0, (284), 336.0, (192)
Tunbridge Wells, 495.3, (588), 505.4, (600)
Harrogate, 494.9, (796), 269.8, (434)
West Lancashire, 494.3, (565), 364.8, (417)
Gloucester, 493.3, (637), 462.3, (597)
Stafford, 488.1, (670), 350.4, (481)
Bristol, 485.3, (2249), 343.8, (1593)
Nottingham, 480.3, (1599), 358.1, (1192)
Lancaster, 480.0, (701), 332.1, (485)
Sunderland, 479.6, (1332), 452.6, (1257)
Chichester, 478.8, (580), 428.5, (519)
Richmondshire, 478.3, (257), 422.5, (227)
Wyre Forest, 477.8, (484), 384.0, (389)
Tamworth, 475.9, (365), 380.7, (292)
Bolsover, 474.2, (382), 350.0, (282)
Nuneaton and Bedworth, 472.0, (613), 431.2, (560)
Eastleigh, 468.6, (626), 479.1, (640)
South Derbyshire, 467.1, (501), 363.6, (390)
Lichfield, 463.9, (486), 419.1, (439)
Wigan, 463.4, (1523), 333.2, (1095)
West Suffolk, 458.0, (820), 383.7, (687)
Shropshire, 457.4, (1478), 253.8, (820)
County Durham, 456.7, (2421), 427.5, (2266)
Manchester, 454.4, (2512), 306.6, (1695)
East Suffolk, 453.8, (1132), 344.3, (859)
Trafford, 453.8, (1077), 350.1, (831)
East Hampshire, 452.1, (553), 385.1, (471)
King's Lynn and West Norfolk, 447.9, (678), 439.3, (665)
South Gloucestershire, 447.6, (1276), 346.6, (988)
South Cambridgeshire, 447.6, (712), 437.5, (696)
Chiltern, 447.2, (429), 531.7, (510)
Stoke-on-Trent, 447.0, (1146), 318.3, (816)
Blaby, 444.2, (451), 349.7, (355)
Bury, 442.4, (845), 336.7, (643)
South Ribble, 442.3, (490), 300.6, (333)
Cheshire East, 438.1, (1683), 411.6, (1581)
Redcar and Cleveland, 436.0, (598), 290.2, (398)
Darlington, 435.4, (465), 388.6, (415)
Salford, 433.9, (1123), 279.7, (724)
South Oxfordshire, 432.9, (615), 530.8, (754)
Test Valley, 432.8, (546), 449.4, (567)
South Tyneside, 429.9, (649), 465.6, (703)
Forest of Dean, 428.6, (372), 369.9, (321)
Hambleton, 428.0, (392), 372.3, (341)
Sedgemoor, 427.8, (527), 448.9, (553)
Gosport, 425.5, (361), 401.9, (341)
Rochdale, 423.1, (941), 293.1, (652)
East Cambridgeshire, 421.9, (379), 407.4, (366)
Stockton-on-Tees, 421.1, (831), 383.1, (756)
New Forest, 417.6, (752), 306.0, (551)
Mid Suffolk, 416.8, (433), 363.8, (378)
Gateshead, 412.3, (833), 381.1, (770)
Preston, 411.5, (589), 308.1, (441)
Stockport, 410.7, (1205), 333.3, (978)
South Norfolk, 406.7, (573), 462.1, (651)
North Warwickshire, 404.5, (264), 383.1, (250)
Wyre, 396.1, (444), 322.1, (361)
Vale of White Horse, 393.4, (535), 416.9, (567)
South Kesteven, 389.0, (554), 399.5, (569)
Somerset West and Taunton, 386.8, (600), 430.6, (668)
Erewash, 384.8, (444), 314.6, (363)
West Oxfordshire, 383.2, (424), 390.4, (432)
Harborough, 379.5, (356), 405.1, (380)
Winchester, 378.8, (473), 480.5, (600)
North Norfolk, 377.7, (396), 373.9, (392)
Bath and North East Somerset, 376.7, (728), 282.0, (545)
Herefordshire, 376.0, (725), 282.2, (544)
North Somerset, 374.3, (805), 341.8, (735)
Chorley, 372.2, (440), 290.1, (343)
East Northamptonshire, 370.3, (350), 326.9, (309)
Warwick, 368.7, (530), 328.3, (472)
Bolton, 368.3, (1059), 250.4, (720)
North West Leicestershire, 365.8, (379), 315.6, (327)
Tameside, 365.1, (827), 268.4, (608)
Wiltshire, 364.0, (1820), 268.2, (1341)
High Peak, 363.7, (337), 228.8, (212)
Broxtowe, 363.1, (414), 324.5, (370)
Oldham, 360.6, (855), 274.6, (651)
Chesterfield, 359.4, (377), 239.3, (251)
Newark and Sherwood, 357.0, (437), 278.5, (341)
Newcastle-under-Lyme, 356.1, (461), 284.3, (368)
Rushcliffe, 351.6, (419), 315.5, (376)
Lincoln, 345.4, (343), 346.4, (344)
North East Derbyshire, 343.0, (348), 299.6, (304)
Hinckley and Bosworth, 343.0, (388), 276.7, (313)
Tewkesbury, 339.9, (323), 264.2, (251)
South Lakeland, 338.8, (356), 237.9, (250)
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, 338.2, (1934), 303.3, (1734)
Dorset, 337.4, (1277), 262.9, (995)
West Berkshire, 337.0, (534), 391.3, (620)
Doncaster, 332.2, (1036), 316.5, (987)
Leeds, 332.0, (2633), 273.2, (2167)
Cheltenham, 325.0, (378), 235.6, (274)
Stratford-on-Avon, 322.1, (419), 312.8, (407)
Charnwood, 320.7, (596), 274.4, (510)
Hull, 320.3, (832), 299.1, (777)
Blackpool, 317.0, (442), 255.3, (356)
Scarborough, 314.5, (342), 333.8, (363)
Kirklees, 313.6, (1379), 231.9, (1020)
Rotherham, 311.6, (827), 269.4, (715)
Boston, 303.5, (213), 226.6, (159)
Northumberland, 301.8, (973), 330.0, (1064)
Sheffield, 301.6, (1764), 231.0, (1351)
Calderdale, 299.8, (634), 246.4, (521)
Malvern Hills, 298.6, (235), 213.5, (168)
Fylde, 295.9, (239), 248.8, (201)
Bradford, 293.3, (1583), 219.9, (1187)
North Kesteven, 291.7, (341), 298.5, (349)
Ryedale, 288.9, (160), 294.3, (163)
Bassetlaw, 288.6, (339), 291.2, (342)
Exeter, 283.9, (373), 216.1, (284)
Rutland, 283.0, (113), 230.4, (92)
Staffordshire Moorlands, 279.4, (275), 249.9, (246)
Melton, 279.2, (143), 292.9, (150)
South Somerset, 278.0, (468), 251.9, (424)
Newcastle upon Tyne, 277.4, (840), 200.1, (606)
Wakefield, 277.3, (966), 254.7, (887)
Plymouth, 273.2, (716), 198.4, (520)
South Holland, 272.6, (259), 270.5, (257)
North Tyneside, 270.8, (563), 237.6, (494)
Mid Devon, 267.3, (220), 221.1, (182)
Mendip, 266.5, (308), 244.0, (282)
Barnsley, 264.9, (654), 274.6, (678)
Cotswold, 263.7, (237), 262.6, (236)
East Devon, 248.8, (364), 163.4, (239)
Stroud, 236.7, (284), 239.2, (287)
Derbyshire Dales, 232.3, (168), 210.2, (152)
Torbay, 229.7, (313), 121.8, (166)
Teignbridge, 225.8, (303), 149.8, (201)
East Riding of Yorkshire, 224.5, (766), 209.9, (716)
West Lindsey, 221.6, (212), 257.1, (246)
South Hams, 220.7, (192), 149.4, (130)
North Lincolnshire, 188.6, (325), 222.3, (383)
East Lindsey, 178.5, (253), 163.0, (231)
North East Lincolnshire, 157.3, (251), 152.9, (244)
Torridge, 118.7, (81), 109.9, (75)
West Devon, 118.3, (66), 127.2, (71)
North Devon, 115.3, (112), 132.8, (129)

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