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Britons are slowly getting used to the ‘new normal’ after several intense months of lockdown; wearing face masks in shops, adhering to social distancing and gradually being able to see friends and family. However, while the overall picture is positive, nine areas have seen coronavirus cases increase by more than 100 in the past week.
Top of the list is Bradford, which has seen an increase of 250 cases in the week from July 13 to 19 to the week of July 20 to July 26.
Data from Public Health England (PHE) of cases across the Upper Tier Local Authorities showed that Bradford had a total number of 4,607 cases in the week ending July 19, and a total of 4,857 in the week ending July 26.
This is an increase of 9.6 percent, and Bradford has consistently been declaring the most coronavirus cases day on day across Yorkshire.
Second on the list is Leicester, which saw coronavirus cases increase by 207 week on week.
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PHE figures showed had a total number of 4,620 cases in the week ending July 19, increasing to 4,827 in the week ending July 26.
Despite the high number of cases, this was actually a decline of -42 percent for Leicester, which has been under local lockdown conditions following a spike a month ago.
Third was Birmingham, which saw an uptick of 152 cases week on week according to the data.
Birmingham had a total of 5,007 cases in the week of July 13 to July 19, which grew to 5,159 the week of July 20 to 26. This was an increase of 12.5 percent.
The nine places with more than 100 cases:
(Declared cases in the week of July 20 to July 26 compared to the week of July 13 to 19)
- Bradford – 250 cases
- Leicester – 207 cases
- Birmingham – 152 cases
- Kent – 152 cases
- Lancashire – 149 cases
- Oldham – 119 cases
- Manchester – 117 cases
- Blackburn with Darwen – 117 cases
- Sheffield – 106 cases
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Across the UK there have been a total of 300,111 confirmed cases since the outbreak began, with 45,759 deaths.
Britons faced months of lockdown, before cases slowly began to ease allowing lockdown measures to relax gradually.
Leicester has been in local lockdown since the end of June, with measures limiting shops, hospitality venues and travel in and out of the city.
At the time, Leicester’s coronavirus cases equated to 10 percent of all positive results in the country, and the seven-day rate was three times higher than the next highest city.
However, the downturn in cases comes just before a two-week review on Leicester’s lockdown – potentially offering some hope to residents.
Across England, lockdown measures have been drastically eased, with pubs, bars and restaurants back open, as well as gyms and leisure centres.
However, the wearing of face masks is mandatory in shops, supermarkets and on public transport.
Social distancing should still be adhered to where possible, with Britons to stay at least one metre apart.
From August 1, Prime Minster Boris Johnson has said employers should start considering a return to the office – in a bid to get life back to normal.
Speaking from Downing Street two weeks ago Mr Johnson outlined his roadmap to return to normality, with powers for local authorities to impose lockdowns if needed.
Mr Johnson said: “It is my strong and sincere hope that we will be able to review the outstanding restrictions and allow a more significant return to normality from November at the earliest – possibly in time for Christmas.”
However, the PM made clear this was “all conditional on our ability to defeat the virus”.
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