20 places in England where COVID cases are increasing the fastest

Jimmy Nsubuga
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BOLTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Members of the public wear face masks in Bolton town centre as Coronavirus restrictions are tightened in the area on September 09, 2020 in Bolton, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
Coronavirus cases are still high in Bolton (Picture: Getty)

A number of areas in England have seen a significant increase in coronavirus cases, according to the latest government figures.

In Bolton, 612 new infections were recorded in the seven days to 20 September – the equivalent of 212.8 per 100,000 people.

The area continues to record the highest rate in England, though it is down from 213.9 in the seven days to 13 September.

South Tyneside has the second-highest rate, up from 98.7 to 189.4 with 286 new cases.

Hyndburn is in third place, where the rate has risen from 132.0 to 183.9, with 149 new cases.

In total 6,178 cases were recorded on Wednesday which is the highest daily figure since 1 May, with another 37 people dying.

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The new figures come as Boris Johnson announced further restrictions to curb the spread of the virus after a 132% spike in infections in the last two weeks.

The prime minister told people in England to work from home where possible and ordered restaurants and bars to close at 10pm to tackle a fast-spreading second wave of coronavirus.

Masks will be required in more settings, there will be tougher enforcement of rules, and the military could be brought in to help free up the police.

Johnson blamed the second wave of infections on rule-breakers as he hinted at the possibility of a second lockdown if new cases do not fall.

He also denied on Wednesday an MP’s claim he and Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallace are using “scare tactics” to push through the new restrictions.

On Monday Sir Patrick issued a series of warnings about the infection rate, saying it was doubling every seven days and that if this continued there could be just under 50,000 new cases a day by mid-October.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: A man sits at the bottom of Grey's Monument in Newcastle on September 17, 2020 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Almost two million people in north-east England will be banned from mixing with other households and pubs will close early as coronavirus cases rise. Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced the temporary restrictions will be in place from midnight due to concerning rates of infection. The measures affect seven council areas, Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Gateshead, County Durham and Sunderland. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
A man sits at the bottom of Grey's Monument in Newcastle (Picture: Getty)

Other areas recording sharp increases in their seven-day rates include Newcastle upon Tyne (up from 67.4 to 158.8, with 481 new cases), Halton (up from 81.1 to 168.5, with 218 new cases), Pendle (up from 72.7 to 150.9 with 139 new cases), Bury (up from 97.9 to 173.3 with 331 new cases) and Manchester (up from 82.5 to 153.2 with 847 new cases).

The new cases figures, for the seven days to 20 September, are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the government’s testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two).

The list has been calculated by the PA news agency and is based on Public Health England data published on 23 September on the government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Data for the most recent three days (September 21-23) has been excluded as it is incomplete and likely to be revised.

The 20 areas in England with the highest rates of coronavirus

Bolton 212.8 (612), 213.9 (615)

South Tyneside 189.4 (286), 98.7 (149)

Hyndburn 183.9 (149), 132.0 (107)

Blackburn with Darwen 182.4 (273), 127.6 (191)

Preston 180.9 (259), 127.9 (183)

Knowsley 175.0 (264), 109.4 (165)

Bury 173.3 (331), 97.9 (187)

Liverpool 170.1 (847), 114.0 (568)

Burnley 169.8 (151), 124.8 (111)

Halton 168.5 (218), 81.1 (105)

Newcastle upon Tyne 158.8 (481), 67.4 (204)

Manchester 153.2 (847), 82.5 (456)

Rossendale 151.1 (108), 103.5 (74)

Pendle 150.9 (139), 72.7 (67)

Oldham 148.0 (351), 116.8 (277)

Rochdale 136.7 (304), 93.1 (207)

Salford 132.9 (344), 97.0 (251)

Sunderland 132.2 (367), 86.1 (239)

Wirral 131.8 (427), 103.4 (335)

Bradford 128.0 (691), 98.4 (531)

Tameside 126.3 (286), 109.5 (248)

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