The five areas with the biggest rise in Covid infections

Five areas have been identified as having the biggest rise in Covid case rates after pubs, non-essential shops and gyms reopened across England.

Of the 315 local authority areas in England, 53% have seen a rise in Covid rates in the week leading up to April 24, while 43% of them have seen their infection rate fall and 12 remained unchanged.

Selby, in North Yorkshire, saw the biggest rise, with 109.2 new cases per 100,000 people, up from 46.3 in the week previous. The area now has the highest Covid rate in England, according to Public Health England data.

Hyndburn, in Lancashire, had the second largest rise, with 60.5 new cases per 100,000, up from 27.1, and Dacorum, in Hertfordshire, increased to 36.8 from 12.9 the previous week.

Chiltern, in Buckinghamshire, also saw the number of new infections per 100,000 people rise from 3.1 to 25.0, while Cambridge recorded 64.1 new cases of the virus per 100,000, compared to 43.3 one week prior.

The figures are based on the number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in either a lab-reported or rapid lateral flow test, by specimen date. Data from April 25-28 was excluded as it is incomplete.

The areas with the highest infection rate in England

Selby, 109.2, up from 46.3

Kirklees, 71.9, up from 58.9

North Lincolnshire, 66.7, up from 55.7

Doncaster, 65.7, up from 73.7

Cambridge, 64.1, up from 43.3

(via Public Health England)

Kirklees now has the second highest rate in England, up from 58.9 to 71.9, with 316 new cases, while North Lincolnshire is now the third highest, up from 55.7 to 66.7, with 115 new cases.

Doncaster is forth with 65.7 cases per 100,000, up from 73.7, and Cambridge is in fifth place.

Maldon, in Essex, has the lowest infection rate, with no new cases recorded in the week leading up to April 24. The area previously recorded 6.2 infections per 100,000 people.

England has been in lockdown from the start of the year, with hospitality venues, leisure centres, salons and non-essential shops allowed to reopen for the first time from April 12.

The success of the UK’s vaccine rollout has so-far allowed England to continue following Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown, with the Government hopeful that international travel can resume from May 17.

People in England aged 42 and over are now being invited to book their Covid vaccines, the NHS said this week.

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