The number of coronavirus cases is on the rise in all but 17 parts of England, official data show, after the same figures last month showed infection rates were declining in most corners of the country.
Statistics published by Public Health England (PHE) show that 132 of the 149 parts of the country have all seen an increase or no change in infections since the beginning of September.
Sunderland’s weekly infection rate – the number of cases per 100,000 people – rose seven-fold at the beginning of the month, from 8.3 to 59.8.
Currently considered England’s Covid-19 hotspot, Bolton saw its infection rate nearly double to 122 in the same period. Other areas in lockdown, such as Bradford, also spiked in cases.
The data comes from fears that a second wave will begin in Britain, with stricter social distance rules starting today banning people from congregating in groups larger than six.
That’s the concern about the rising number of cases – the average number of people testing positive every day has doubled from 1,500 to 3,000 in the past 10 days – that Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his key advisers held a press conference last week to warn that the disease increasing among young people.
But the most up-to-date statistics from PHE reveal that a handful of authorities, including Bedford, Buckinghamshire and Cambridge, have not yet experienced the same spike in cases.
The infection rate in Buckinghamshire fell 10 percent last week, with the number of cases per 100,000 falling from 12.4 to 11.1 in a week, while there was an 83 percent drop in Rutland, from 15 cases per 100,000 to just 2. 5.
There is no clear trend in areas of declining infections: boroughs ranging from London to the South West to Norfolk to Manchester are all common.
However, this week’s data is less promising than those for the end of August, when 76 of 149 local areas (51 percent) had recorded a drop in their infection rates.
Covid-19 infections fell in just 17 areas of England between September 4 and September 11 (pictured), while the number of cases increased everywhere else in the country, data from Public Health England showed.
People walk past an information board after the coronavirus disease outbreak in Bolton, UK, September 14
Areas where the infection rate has fallen since the beginning of September have been Bedford, Bexley, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Camden, Gloucestershire, Greenwich, Norfolk, Oldham, Plymouth, Redcar and Cleveland, Rutland, Southampton, Southend-on-Sea, Swindon, Trafford and Wandsworth .
Covid-19 was on the rise in all other parts of England, the data released Friday night showed.
Although infection rates increased in all areas, most were still only at low levels.
More than half of the places – 86 out of 149 – have a coronavirus level of less than 20 cases per 100,000 people, which is the threshold at which the UK government is starting to consider international quarantine for visitors returning from other countries.
Of these, 29 have rates lower than 10 per 100,000 – one fifth of all areas.
Among this week’s fallers, the biggest falls in the number of cases were in Rutland, where it fell 83 percent (15.1 to 2.3), 44 percent in Norfolk (13.2 to 7.3), 44 percent in Southampton (7.9 to 4.4), 35 percent in Swindon (20.3 to 13.1) and 24 percent in Trafford, Manchester (36.8 to 27.9).
WHERE ARE THE FASTEST CASES?
Infection rate per 100,000 (September 11)
Infection rate per 100,000 (Sep 4)
WHERE DO CASES FALL THE FASTEST?
Infection rate per 100,000 (September 11)
Infection rate per 100,000 (Sep 4)
According to the weekly report, there are now 49 areas on the Public Health England watchlist, finalizing areas where officials are concerned about outbreaks.
The list is considerably longer than in previous weeks, with many areas of the North and Midlands populating it, as well as an increasing number of places in Norfolk in the East of England.
‘NO TESTS AVAILABLE’ IN COVID-19 HOTSPOTS
There are no walk-in, drive-in or post-coronavirus tests available for people suffering from symptoms of the disease in the ten outbreak hot spots in England, it was claimed today.
No Pap smears are available in Bolton, which is fighting the largest outbreak of the virus in the country with an infection rate of 168 cases per 100,000 people.
The government’s website where test slots are booked also shows that, according to LBC radio, there are no tests available in Salford, Bradford, Blackburn, Oldham, Preston, Pendle, Rochdale, Tameside and Manchester.
When zip codes are entered into the testing system in each area, it is said to come with the message: ‘This service is currently very busy. More tests should be available later. ‘
It comes as Nicola Sturgeon today accused the UK government of limiting the number of slots available for testing at Scottish mobile and regional test centers.
Those trying to get tests in the ten UK hot spots will be greeted with this message
She said the health secretary made the request after telling her that a “demand problem” had led to a reduction in the availability of tests.
LBC’s Westminster correspondent Ben Kentish said that when people tried to get tests in one of the ten areas, they were not offered one.
“The government testing website simply says the service is very busy and people should come back in a few hours,” he said.
‘We tried to get a test in the top ten areas. In all ten, they could not get tests in any of the ten areas. ‘
All ten areas where testing is not currently available are listed by Public Health England as the areas in England with the largest coronavirus outbreaks.
Last week, there were concerns that bad situations in a small number of areas are scaring politicians to make sweeping decisions about curbing the social lives of people across the country.
The inability of some cities to control infections – Leicester has had some degree of local lockdown for more than two months now, while cases in Bolton are high, rising 122 per 100,000 – may have led health heads to push for stricter rules for social distancing across the country. the whole country.
A ‘rule of six’ has been enacted into law today, allowing the police to pay a fine to anyone caught socializing in groups of more than six, unless they all live together.
A Conservative former minister last week criticized the measures as a “very broad brushstroke” and said something “more focused” would have been better.
David Jones MP told MailOnline: ‘I can understand the government needs to do something because there is definitely a revival.
But it’s not a nationwide revival. There are some parts of the country, such as Devon and Dorset, where there is no virus activity at all.
“So it seems like a very broad brush … I would have thought something more concentrated would be better.”
Mr. Jones’s comments came when a data analysis showed that about 38 million people were lumped together with tighter lockdown rules coming in today, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week urging people to “ limit social contact ” in an op televised speech reminiscent of Britain’s darkest days. crisis.
Data from local authorities last week showed that 65 percent (210 out of 320) municipalities have some coronavirus cases under 20 per 100,000.
And an analysis of postcode data by The Telegraph showed that 75 percent – or 5,157 areas – had a lower percentage. It is estimated that about 7,200 people live in each zip code, which adds up to 38 million when multiplied.
The UK coronavirus outbreak is mainly triggered by cases in hot spots including Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Birmingham and Leicester, with many areas in local lockdown measures or receiving additional government support.
Hundreds of cities and towns across the country have managed to keep their coronavirus cases low, but will still be subject to the draconian new measures.
For example, rural areas in the Southwest have escaped the worst effects of the virus for most of the outbreak, but are still subject to strict rules in the rest of the country.
Christopher Snowdon, the head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said the government had responded “excessively” to an increase in cases by introducing draconian measures.
‘Figures show that the (coronavirus) problem is still quite strongly localized, despite what was said yesterday,’ he told MailOnline at the time. ‘I look at the map where you can check outbreaks and in my neck of the forest there are huge tracts of land where less than two cases have occurred.
‘It suggests to me that local lockdowns or local restrictions are still the best way to move forward and that the broad approach is premature at best.
“I think the government may have decided to introduce this ‘Rule of Six’ because it will have a smaller economic impact than the closing of pubs or schools, but there will be an economic impact. For example, you cannot have more than six people in a group in restaurants.
‘I know that the hospitality industry is very concerned. (They) are still trying to balance the economy and risk to some degree, but they got the balance wrong. ‘
Public Health England’s watchlist has now grown to 48 areas of concern with varying levels of intervention, from just more surveillance to more testing or stricter rules of social distancing or lockdown.