The 7 areas in England where Covid cases are still rising – is your area on the list

CASES of Covid-19 are still rising in seven areas in England and this interactive map reveals if your local authority is one of them.

Official data from Public Health England (PHE) states that 98 per cent of areas (308) had seen a fall in cases.

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The latest data from PHE comes after it was last night announced that surge testing would also be deployed in Lambeth, London, after cases of the South African variant were detected.

Testing across the area will be in addition to the other 13 areas such as Sefton, Surrey and Manchester, where health officials are swabbing residents to stop the spread of more variants.

As health officials try and get a hold of infections from new variants, data from PHE states that there are still seven places in England where Covid-19 infections are rising.

The data accounts for the seven days up to February 5.

Rutland in the East Midlands continues to have the highest infection rate in the country and is also the area where infections have risen the most in the last seven days.

The area has had 207 new cases recorded in the seven days to February 5 – the equivalent of 518.4 cases per 100,000 people.

This is up from 170.3 cases per 100,000 last week.

This week Rutland and Melton MP Alicia Kearns confirmed that a large amount of the cases in the area where due to an outbreak in HMP Stocken.

She said around half of all cases in the country were believed to be from the prison.

The Ministry of Justice has however not yet confirmed how many cases have been detected at the prison.

Mid Devon has also seen a rise in cases, jumping from 104.5 to 154.3.

Health chiefs in the areas have urged people to be vigilant to tackle the spread.

'CAUSE FOR CONCERN'

Steve Brown, Devon’s public health chief said he was "concerned" about the amount of cases coming out of work places and urged people to continue to follow the rules during their down time.

Cases have also risen in Ryedale in North Yorkshire, increasing from 79.5 to 115.6.

North East Lincolnshire has also seen a jump in infections and has gone from 89.6 to 110.9.

An epidemiology report by the local council found that the Kent variant is now present in 79 per cent of cases in the area.

The report also stated that while there has been a "significant drop" in cases across most care homes in the area, there has been an outbreak in one.

Looking to the North East and North Tyneside has witnessed a jump from 190 to 204.9.

North Lincolnshire has also jumped from 118.4 to 120.7.

 

Cases in Mansfield in Nottinghamshire increased from 344.9 to 346.7.

While the seven areas above have seen an increase in cases, some of the most infected parts of the country have seen a fall in rates.

Corby in Northamptonshire has the second highest rate, down from 501.3 to 432.0, with 312 new cases.

Walsall in the West Midlands is in third place, down from 466.6 to 431.6, with 1,232 new cases.

Earlier this week Health Secretary Matt Hancock addressed the nation and told Brits that the UK had "turned a corner" in the fight against the virus.

So far in the UK 12.6 million Brits have received their first dose of either the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine or the Pfizer/BioNTech jab, with over half a million having had their second.

Mr Hancock also said that the government was carrying out 4.5 million tests every week in a bid to curb transmission of the bug.

But he urged Brits not to let the guard down despite the vaccination success, adding: "The number of people in hospital is still far too high, but it is falling.

"The number of people dying from this disease is also far too high, but that is falling too.

"We're turning a corner in our battle against coronavirus."

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