These are the 15 areas in England with the highest Covid infection rates right now

Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 2:04 pm
Updated Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 2:07 pm
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The towns and cities in England with the current highest Covid-19 infection rates have been named by Public Health England (PHE).

The figures are based on the seven days up to 19 March, and are based on tests carried out in laboratories and in the wider community.

Data for the last five days, from 20 to 24 March, have been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

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Where are infection rates rising and falling?

Of the 315 local areas in England, a total of 120 (38 per cent) have seen a rise in coronavirus case rates, 188 (60 per cent) have seen a fall and seven remain unchanged.

Barnsley currently has the highest infection rate in England, with 478 new cases recorded in the seven days to 19 March.

This amounts to the equivalent of 193.6 cases per 100,000 people, and marks a rise from 153.9 in the seven days previous, up to 12 March.

Corby in Northamptonshire has the second highest infection rate overall, with the rate unchanged week-on-week at 182.8, with 132 new cases.

North Lincolnshire has the third highest rate, up from 126.5 to 167.2, with 288 new cases.

Of the 120 areas in England to record a week-on-week rise, the five areas with the biggest increases are:

  • Broxtowe - up from 50.0 to 92.1
  • North Lincolnshire - up from 126.5 to 167.2
  • Barnsley - up from 153.9 to 193.6
  • West Lindsey - up from 77.4 to 113.9
  • Rugby - up from 67.9 to 103.7

Which areas have the highest infection rates?

Listed are the 15 areas of England that currently have the highest Covid-19 infection rates, based on the latest PHE figures.

The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people in the seven days up to 19 March, compared with the previous seven days up to 12 March.

  • Barnsley - 193.6 (478 new cases) - up from 153.9 (380 cases)
  • Corby - 182.8 (132 new cases) - unchanged from 182.8 (132 cases)
  • North Lincolnshire - 167.2 (288 new cases) - up from 126.5 (218 cases)
  • Redditch - 166.5 (142 new cases) - up from 152.5 (130 cases)
  • Hull - 149.7 (389 new cases) - down from 177.5 (461 cases)
  • Rotherham - 144.7 (384 new cases) - up from 129.6 (344 cases)
  • Bradford - 137.5 (742 new cases) - down from 148.4 (801 cases)
  • Wakefield - 132.9 (463 new cases) - up from 128.6 (448 cases)
  • Luton - 131.9 (281 new cases) - up from 107.5 (229 cases)
  • Peterborough - 128.1 (259 new cases) - up from 126.6 (256 cases)
  • Doncaster - 121.8 (380 new cases) - up from 110.0 (343 cases)
  • South Holland - 120.0 (114 new cases) - down from 127.3 (121 cases)
  • Tameside - 118.3 (268 new cases) - up from 117.0 (265 cases)
  • Bassetlaw - 114.9 (135 new cases) - down from 126.9 (149 cases)
  • Fenland - 114.9 (117 new cases) - up from 106.0 (108 cases)