Data reveals where coronavirus cases have gone up in the last week – as young are blamed for infections spike

CORONAVIRUS cases in England are rising across the majority of local authorities, data from Public Heath England (PHE) reveals.

Cases in Bolton have increased significantly and today health secretary Matt Hancock announced a raft of new lockdown measures – ordering pubs in the town to shut.

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The map above is based on data from the Press Association that covers the 315 local authorities in England.

However, experts say the numbers of people testing positive across the UK shouldn't be compared to the height of the pandemic – because so many more tests are being done.

When the disease peaked in March and April, rationed testing meant that at times more than 40 per cent of test results were positive.

This has since plummeted to just 2.3 per cent in the community and 0.5 per cent in hospitals.

According to the latest available data from PHE, 350 new cases were recorded in the seven days to September 4 in Bolton, the equivalent of 121.7 per 100,000 people.

This is the highest rate in England and it is up sharply from 48.3 per 100,000 in the seven days to August 28.

Restrictions imposed on the town now mean that hospitality businesses will only be able to sell takeaways and have to close between 10pm and 5am to stop the spread of the virus even further.

Social gatherings of more than six people in England will be illegal from next Monday – and those who break the rule could be fined £100.

The new rules come after police demanded greater powers to fine young Covid flouters — and ahead of tens of thousands returning to university next week.

Meanwhile, the rate in Bradford has also increased sharply, from 46.3 to 70.6 with 381 new cases.

Blackburn with Darwen is in third place, where the rate has risen from 47.4 to 62.8, with 94 new cases.

In the red: the areas where coronavirus cases are on the rise

These are the areas where coronavirus cases have climbed over the last week.

Figures on the LEFT show the number of cases per 100,000 of the population and actual new cases in brackets, this week. And last week's cases per 100k and actual cases are on the RIGHT.

Bolton 121.7 per 100,000 (350), 48.3 per 100,000 (139)

Bradford 70.6 (381), 46.3 (250)

Blackburn with Darwen 62.8 (94), 47.4 (71)

Oldham 61.2 (145), 58.6 (139)

Birmingham 60.3 (689), 28.1 (321)

Salford 60.3 (156), 37.5 (97)

Rochdale 59.8 (133), 43.6 (97)

Burnley 59.6 (53), 30.4 (27)

Rossendale 58.8 (42), 40.6 (29)

Preston 58.0 (83), 38.4 (55)

Hertsmere 57.2 (60), 12.4 (13)

Manchester 56.1 (310), 40.9 (226)

Tameside 55.6 (126), 36.2 (82)

Bury 50.8 (97), 25.7 (49)

Leeds 47.9 (380), 29.6 (235)

Gateshead 46.0 (93), 13.4 (27)

South Tyneside 45.0 (68), 35.8 (54)

Hyndburn 44.4 (36), 24.7 (20)

Middlesbrough 44.0 (62), 22.7 (32)

Leicester 42.6 (151), 25.7 (91)

Solihull 42.5 (92), 10.2 (22)

Hartlepool 41.6 (39), 10.7 (10)

Wirral 41.4 (134), 29.9 (97)

Sunderland 38.5 (107), 7.9 (22)

Kirklees 37.1 (163), 26.6 (117)

Blaby 36.4 (37), 21.7 (22)

Lincoln 36.3 (36), 7.0 (7)

Liverpool 35.7 (178), 14.9 (74)

Calderdale 34.0 (72), 21.3 (45)

Warrington 32.9 (69), 8.6 (18)

Knowsley 31.8 (48), 8.0 (12)

Selby 30.9 (28), 6.6 (6)

Broxtowe 30.7 (35), 9.6 (11)

Sheffield 30.6 (179), 14.5 (85)

Sefton 30.4 (84), 11.6 (32)

Newcastle upon Tyne 30.4 (92), 13.2 (40)

Spelthorne 29.0 (29), 13.0 (13)

East Staffordshire 26.7 (32), 15.0 (18)

Wolverhampton 26.6 (70), 12.5 (33)

Northampton 25.8 (58), 23.2 (52)

Melton 25.4 (13), 0.0 (0)

Redbridge 24.9 (76), 11.5 (35)

West Lancashire 24.5 (28), 3.5 (4)

Barking and Dagenham 24.4 (52), 13.2 (28)

Barnsley 24.3 (60), 6.9 (17)

Peterborough 24.2 (49), 20.3 (41)

Wigan 24.0 (79), 11.3 (37)

Chiltern 24.0 (23), 11.5 (11)

Hounslow 23.9 (65), 9.9 (27)

St. Helens 23.3 (42), 6.6 (12)

Harrow 23.1 (58), 17.5 (44)

North Tyneside 23.1 (48), 9.1 (19)

Stoke-on-Trent 23.0 (59), 16.4 (42)

Oadby and Wigston 22.8 (13), 15.8 (9)

South Ribble 22.6 (25), 7.2 (8)

Stockport 22.5 (66), 8.2 (24)

Harrogate 22.4 (36), 9.3 (15)

Castle Point 22.1 (20), 5.5 (5)

Scarborough 22.1 (24), 3.7 (4)

Bromsgrove 22.0 (22), 6.0 (6)

Havering 21.6 (56), 16.6 (43)

Newham 21.5 (76), 14.4 (51)

Nottingham 21.3 (71), 9.6 (32)

Stockton-on-Tees 21.3 (42), 11.1 (22)

Halton 20.9 (27), 4.6 (6)

Test Valley 20.6 (26), 3.2 (4)

Redcar and Cleveland 20.4 (28), 19.7 (27)

Coventry 20.2 (75), 18.8 (70)

Luton 20.2 (43), 9.9 (21)

Cheshire East 20.0 (77), 9.1 (35)

Elmbridge 19.7 (27), 17.5 (24)

Barnet 19.7 (78), 17.4 (69)

Rushcliffe 19.3 (23), 10.9 (13)

County Durham 19.1 (101), 10.8 (57)

Waverley 19.0 (24), 7.9 (10)

Northumberland 18.9 (61), 8.1 (26)

High Peak 18.3 (17), 12.9 (12)

Wycombe 18.3 (32), 16.0 (28)

Rotherham 18.1 (48), 9.8 (26)

Ashfield 18.0 (23), 2.3 (3)

Malvern Hills 17.8 (14), 2.5 (2)

Chorley 17.8 (21), 7.6 (9)

Tower Hamlets 17.6 (57), 15.1 (49)

Epping Forest 17.5 (23), 15.9 (21)

Rugby 17.4 (19), 7.3 (8)

Mansfield 17.4 (19), 6.4 (7)

Worthing 17.2 (19), 6.3 (7)

Walsall 17.2 (49), 9.5 (27)

Three Rivers 17.1 (16), 8.6 (8)

Harborough 17.1 (16), 14.9 (14)

East Northamptonshire 16.9 (16), 12.7 (12)

Lambeth 16.9 (55), 15.6 (51)

Dudley 16.8 (54), 9.0 (29)

Slough 16.7 (25), 9.4 (14)

Ealing 16.7 (57), 14.9 (51)

Barrow-in-Furness 16.4 (11), 0.0 (0)

North Somerset 16.3 (35), 6.5 (14)

Wakefield 16.1 (56), 12.1 (42)

South Staffordshire 16.0 (18), 4.4 (5)

Hillingdon 16.0 (49), 11.4 (35)

North Kesteven 15.4 (18), 4.3 (5)

Staffordshire Moorlands 15.2 (15), 10.2 (10)

Norwich 14.9 (21), 13.5 (19)

Bristol 14.9 (69), 10.4 (48)

Haringey 14.9 (40), 14.1 (38)

Brent 14.9 (49), 12.1 (40)

St Albans 14.8 (22), 10.1 (15)

Wychavon 14.7 (19), 5.4 (7)

Surrey Heath 14.6 (13), 7.8 (7)

Blackpool 14.3 (20), 9.3 (13)

Wyre 14.3 (16), 3.6 (4)

Reigate and Banstead 14.1 (21), 6.7 (10)

South Derbyshire 14.0 (15), 5.6 (6)

Croydon 14.0 (54), 9.3 (36)

Bracknell Forest 13.9 (17), 3.3 (4)

Southwark 13.8 (44), 12.9 (41)

North East Derbyshire 13.8 (14), 3.9 (4)

North Warwickshire 13.8 (9), 1.5 (1)

Enfield 13.8 (46), 13.5 (45)

York 13.8 (29), 4.7 (10)

Plymouth 13.7 (36), 9.9 (26)

Cheshire West and Chester 13.7 (47), 7.6 (26)

Stevenage 13.7 (12), 9.1 (8)

Bolsover 13.7 (11), 9.9 (8)

Epsom and Ewell 13.6 (11), 11.2 (9)

Broxbourne 13.4 (13), 7.2 (7)

Uttlesford 13.1 (12), 11.0 (10)

Gravesham 13.1 (14), 6.5 (7)

Kingston upon Thames 13.0 (23), 10.7 (19)

Charnwood 12.9 (24), 4.8 (9)

Derby 12.8 (33), 7.8 (20)

Islington 12.8 (31), 10.7 (26)

West Oxfordshire 12.7 (14), 9.0 (10)

Tunbridge Wells 12.6 (15), 5.9 (7)

West Lindsey 12.5 (12), 1.0 (1)

Stafford 12.4 (17), 5.8 (8)

Lancaster 12.3 (18), 2.1 (3)

Basildon 12.3 (23), 6.9 (13)

Craven 12.3 (7), 1.8 (1)

Greenwich 12.2 (35), 9.7 (28)

Hambleton 12.0 (11), 7.6 (7)

Lewisham 11.8 (36), 10.1 (31)

Bromley 11.7 (39), 10.2 (34)

Wokingham 11.7 (20), 7.0 (12)

Wiltshire 11.4 (57), 4.0 (20)

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole 11.4 (45), 5.3 (21)

Bexley 11.3 (28), 8.5 (21)

Runnymede 11.2 (10), 7.8 (7)

New Forest 11.1 (20), 8.9 (16)

Gedling 11.0 (13), 9.3 (11)

Woking 10.9 (11), 4.0 (4)

Adur 10.9 (7), 6.2 (4)

Worcester 10.9 (11), 5.9 (6)

Guildford 10.7 (16), 8.7 (13)

North West Leicestershire 10.6 (11), 7.7 (8)

Arun 10.6 (17), 1.9 (3)

Chesterfield 10.5 (11), 1.0 (1)

Southend-on-Sea 10.4 (19), 9.8 (18)

East Devon 10.3 (15), 6.8 (10)

Bassetlaw 10.2 (12), 6.0 (7)

Shropshire 10.2 (33), 7.4 (24)

Tandridge 10.2 (9), 6.8 (6)

Sevenoaks 9.9 (12), 7.5 (9)

Fylde 9.9 (8), 5.0 (4)

North Lincolnshire 9.9 (17), 5.8 (10)

South Kesteven 9.8 (14), 5.6 (8)

Merton 9.7 (20), 8.7 (18)

Rushmoor 9.5 (9), 4.2 (4)

West Suffolk 9.5 (17), 3.9 (7)

Eden 9.4 (5), 5.6 (3)

Darlington 9.4 (10), 5.6 (6)

Bath and North East Somerset 9.3 (18), 8.3 (16)

Nuneaton and Bedworth 9.2 (12), 8.5 (11)

Stratford-on-Avon 9.2 (12), 6.9 (9)

Sutton 9.2 (19), 7.3 (15)

Chichester 9.1 (11), 1.7 (2)

Newark and Sherwood 9.0 (11), 7.4 (9)

South Somerset 8.9 (15), 4.8 (8)

Milton Keynes 8.9 (24), 7.8 (21)

Telford and Wrekin 8.9 (16), 2.2 (4)

Erewash 8.7 (10), 9.5 (11)

Mendip 8.7 (10), 6.9 (8)

Thurrock 8.6 (15), 4.6 (8)

South Norfolk 8.5 (12), 7.1 (10)

East Riding of Yorkshire 8.5 (29), 3.5 (12)

Daventry 8.1 (7), 7.0 (6)

Mid Suffolk 7.7 (8), 4.8 (5)

Dover 7.6 (9), 0.0 (0)

Tewkesbury 7.4 (7), 5.3 (5)

Hart 7.2 (7), 6.2 (6)

South Oxfordshire 7.0 (10), 7.0 (10)

Cannock Chase 6.9 (7), 1.0 (1)

Forest of Dean 6.9 (6), 2.3 (2)

Dorset 6.9 (26), 2.6 (10)

Wealden 6.8 (11), 6.2 (10)

Doncaster 6.4 (20), 3.8 (12)

East Lindsey 6.4 (9), 2.8 (4)

Herefordshire 6.2 (12), 1.6 (3)

Hull 6.2 (16), 4.2 (11)

Canterbury 6.0 (10), 2.4 (4)

Cherwell 6.0 (9), 4.7 (7)

Lewes 5.8 (6), 2.9 (3)

Medway 5.7 (16), 3.9 (11)

South Lakeland 5.7 (6), 1.9 (2)

Richmondshire 5.6 (3), 3.7 (2)

Cotswold 5.6 (5), 3.3 (3)

Horsham 5.6 (8), 4.2 (6)

Amber Valley 5.5 (7), 0.8 (1)

Ryedale 5.4 (3), 3.6 (2)

Tonbridge and Malling 5.3 (7), 3.0 (4)

Ipswich 5.1 (7), 2.9 (4)

Basingstoke and Deane 5.1 (9), 4.5 (8)

North East Lincolnshire 5.0 (8), 3.8 (6)

Broadland 3.8 (5), 3.1 (4)

Eastleigh 3.7 (5), 3.0 (4)

Maidstone 3.5 (6), 1.7 (3)

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly 3.0 (17), 2.1 (12)

Isle of Wight 2.8 (4), 1.4 (2)

Somerset West and Taunton 2.6 (4), 0.6 (1)

Ashford 2.3 (3), 1.5 (2)

North Norfolk 1.9 (2), 0.0 (0)

West Devon 1.8 (1), 0.0 (0)

Torridge 1.5 (1), 0.0 (0)

Amber: the areas where coronavirus cases have stayed the same

THESE are the areas where cases have remained flat in the last week

Figures on the LEFT show the number of cases per 100,000 of the population and actual new cases in brackets, this week. And last week's cases per 100k and actual cases are on the RIGHT.

Wellingborough 13.8 (11), 13.8 (11)

Allerdale 10.2 (10), 10.2 (10)

West Berkshire 8.8 (14), 8.8 (14)

Central Bedfordshire 8.7 (25), 8.7 (25)

Hinckley and Bosworth 8.0 (9), 8.0 (9)

North Hertfordshire 7.5 (10), 7.5 (10)

South Cambridgeshire 6.3 (10), 6.3 (10)

Warwick 6.3 (9), 6.3 (9)

Aylesbury Vale 6.0 (12), 6.0 (12)

East Suffolk 4.4 (11), 4.4 (11)

Harlow 3.4 (3), 3.4 (3)

Rother 3.1 (3), 3.1 (3)

Fenland 2.9 (3), 2.9 (3)

Gosport 2.4 (2), 2.4 (2)

Tendring 1.4 (2), 1.4 (2)

South Holland 1.1 (1), 1.1 (1)

Green: areas where coronavirus cases have decreased

These are the areas in England where coronavirus cases have gone down.

Figures on the LEFT show the number of cases per 100,000 of the population and actual new cases in brackets, this week. And last week's cases per 100k and actual cases are on the RIGHT.

Pendle 56.5 (52), 77.1 (71)

Corby 38.8 (28), 54.0 (39)

Trafford 27.0 (64), 36.7 (87)

Sandwell 26.2 (86), 27.1 (89)

Kensington and Chelsea 23.7 (37), 26.9 (42)

Hammersmith and Fulham 21.1 (39), 22.7 (42)

Kettering 18.7 (19), 37.3 (38)

Great Yarmouth 18.1 (18), 31.2 (31)

Welwyn Hatfield 16.3 (20), 19.5 (24)

Newcastle-under-Lyme 16.2 (21), 25.5 (33)

Windsor and Maidenhead 15.8 (24), 17.8 (27)

Wandsworth 15.8 (52), 18.2 (60)

Tamworth 15.6 (12), 20.9 (16)

Watford 15.5 (15), 23.8 (23)

Westminster 15.3 (40), 17.2 (45)

Ribble Valley 14.8 (9), 21.4 (13)

Hackney and City of London 14.1 (41), 22.0 (64)

Richmond upon Thames 13.6 (27), 15.2 (30)

Swindon 13.5 (30), 20.7 (46)

Dacorum 12.9 (20), 22.6 (35)

Redditch 12.9 (11), 14.1 (12)

Breckland 12.9 (18), 28.6 (40)

Mole Valley 11.5 (10), 13.8 (12)

Lichfield 11.5 (12), 12.4 (13)

Cambridge 11.2 (14), 16.8 (21)

Waltham Forest 10.8 (30), 15.2 (42)

East Hampshire 10.6 (13), 11.4 (14)

Vale of White Horse 10.3 (14), 14.7 (20)

Carlisle 10.1 (11), 12.0 (13)

Camden 10.0 (27), 13.3 (36)

South Bucks 10.0 (7), 12.8 (9)

South Gloucestershire 9.1 (26), 10.5 (30)

Brighton and Hove 7.9 (23), 10.7 (31)

Hastings 7.6 (7), 13.0 (12)

Rutland 7.5 (3), 10.0 (4)

Bedford 7.5 (13), 16.2 (28)

Reading 7.4 (12), 12.4 (20)

Mid Sussex 7.3 (11), 13.9 (21)

Wyre Forest 6.9 (7), 9.9 (10)

South Hams 6.9 (6), 11.5 (10)

East Hertfordshire 6.7 (10), 14.7 (22)

Brentwood 6.5 (5), 14.3 (11)

Gloucester 6.2 (8), 7.7 (10)

Portsmouth 6.0 (13), 7.4 (16)

Cheltenham 6.0 (7), 12.0 (14)

Derbyshire Dales 5.5 (4), 12.4 (9)

Babergh 5.4 (5), 8.7 (8)

Folkestone and Hythe 5.3 (6), 6.2 (7)

South Northamptonshire 5.3 (5), 10.6 (10)

Colchester 4.6 (9), 5.1 (10)

Chelmsford 4.5 (8), 9.5 (17)

Teignbridge 4.5 (6), 2.2 (3)

Crawley 4.4 (5), 6.2 (7)

Torbay 4.4 (6), 5.9 (8)

Fareham 4.3 (5), 6.0 (7)

Winchester 4.0 (5), 16.0 (20)

Swale 4.0 (6), 2.7 (4)

Eastbourne 3.9 (4), 7.7 (8)

Exeter 3.8 (5), 7.6 (10)

Southampton 3.6 (9), 10.3 (26)

Thanet 3.5 (5), 6.3 (9)

Rochford 3.4 (3), 10.3 (9)

Stroud 3.3 (4), 5.0 (6)

North Devon 3.1 (3), 4.1 (4)

Maldon 3.1 (2), 6.2 (4)

Copeland 2.9 (2), 8.8 (6)

Huntingdonshire 2.8 (5), 6.7 (12)

Dartford 2.7 (3), 10.7 (12)

King's Lynn and West Norfolk 2.6 (4), 4.6 (7)

Braintree 2.6 (4), 3.3 (5)

Mid Devon 2.4 (2), 13.4 (11)

Sedgemoor 1.6 (2), 8.1 (10)

Havant 1.6 (2), 4.8 (6)

Boston 1.4 (1), 5.7 (4)

East Cambridgeshire 1.1 (1), 3.3 (3)

Despite the majority of areas in the UK having an increase in case, places such as Wellingborough, Allerdale, West Berkshire, Central Bedfordshire, Hinckley and Bosworth and North Hertfordshire have all remained flat and cases numbers have remained the same.

Other areas – that had been causing concern – have also seen a drop in cases such as Pendle, Corby and Trafford.

Data from PHE is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people and the data takes is based on the seven days up until September 4.

It comes as Matt Hancock yesterday claimed that the virus was not out of control.

On Sunday new cases reported reached 2,988 – the highest level since May.

Despite the rise in cases, especially among people aged 17 to 21, experts claim that the rise could be down to a more comprehensive testing system.

 

 

At the start of lockdown a limited amount of tests meant that more than 40 per cent came back positive.

This has now plummeted to just 2.3 per cent across the community and 0.5 per cent in hospitals, Public Health England data revealed.

This equates to around one in 50 people testing positive in test centres.

It also means that just one in 200 hospital patients who get swabbed actually have the virus. 

Data from the ONS (Office for National Statistics) also suggests that around 2,000 people a day are catching the virus, with 28,000 people in England thought to be ill with Covid at any one time.

Scientists said cases had risen during August as a result of increased testing.

In July, there were around 130,000 tests carried out each day, that number is now closer to 190,000 – up a fifth.

Experts say a better way to track the outbreak is to look at the rate of positive tests, which they say has only risen by 0.3 per cent since July.

Meanwhile, PHE data shows at the height of the pandemic around four in ten people tested were positive – compared to around 3 per cent today.

In the week up to April 7, 44.1 per cent of hospital tests came back positive – the highest rate on record, with 25,796 people diagnosed that week.

The latest data shows 596 people in hospitals tested positive – that's 0.5 per cent, while 652 or 2.3 per cent tested positive via home tests or swabs at testing centres.

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