CASES of the coronavirus have dropped in 57 of the 149 local areas in England, government data has revealed.
The interactive map below shows where cases of the virus are rising and where they have dropped.
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While cases have dropped in 57 areas they have increased in areas such as Oxfordshire which has seen an increase from 155.9 cases per 100,000 to 478 per 100,000.
Figures from PHE show that Hull continues to have the highest rate in England, with 1,944 new cases recorded in the seven days to November 15 – the equivalent of 748.3 cases per 100,000 people.
This is up slightly on 735.6 in the seven days to November 8.
Swale in Kent has the second highest rate, up sharply from 296.5 to 637.7, with 957 new cases.
Hartlepool is in third place, where the rate has risen from 460.2 to 562.7, with 527 new cases.
Despite a rise in cases in 89 areas over the last week, a new study by experts at Cambridge University found that cases of the virus had stopped rising in England.
And the research also shows that the R rate has fallen to 1 – suggesting that the growth of the pandemic is no longer escalating.
The researchers from the MRC Biostatistics Unit Covid-19 Working Group said: "We estimate R to be around 1 in all regions.
"The growth rate for England is estimated at 0.0 per day.
"This means that nationally the number of infections has stopped growing with initial evidence of possible decrease in the North East and North East and Yorkshire.
"The plots of the R over time show clear downward trends."
This revelation comes after the number of coronavirus cases yesterday dropped by 31 per cent compared to last Thursday, while deaths were down 11 per cent.
And a quarter of Brits could already be immune to Covid, Public Health England research suggests.
Sage and the Office for National Statistics are set to both publish their estimations of the R rate today – which will formally show if the second lockdown has worked so far.
The data published by PHE yesterday revealed that coronavirus activity at a national level remained at high levels.
The report stated that positivity rates for pillar 1 testing, which is swab testing by PHE labs and in NHS hospitals for those with a clinical need, and health and care workers, remained highest in the North and Midlands.
It also stated that pillar 2 rates – which is swab testing for the wider population are highest in Yorkshire and Humber, the North East,
the midlands and London.
The report stated: "There has been a significant decline in both case detections and Pillar 2 positivity rates in the North West since week 44. By age group, cases rates were highest in the 20 to 29 year olds.
"Positivity rates were highest in the 80+ year olds tested through Pillar
1 (NHS and PHE testing) and in the 10 to 19 year olds tested through Pillar 2 (community testing)."
It comes as Boris Johnson is set to push ahead with plans to relax Covid rules for Christmas – despite growing pressure from scientists.
Downing Street and the devolved administrations are working on a plan that will see five days of festive household mixing allowed from December 24 to 28.
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