The 20 places in England with the highest COVID infection rates

Jimmy Nsubuga
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A man wearing a face mask walks through Oldham town centre. (Getty)
A man wearing a face mask walks through Oldham town centre. (Getty)

Several areas in the UK have been put under restrictions after coronavirus cases increased, including Bolton and Trafford which saw lockdown reimposed just hours after it was supposed to be lifted.

Local lockdowns have been implemented around Glasgow and western parts of Scotland due to an increasing rate of transmission.

In Pendle, 69 new cases were recorded in the seven days to 30 August – the equivalent of 74.9 per 100,000 people.

This is the highest rate in England, and it is up from 58.6 in the seven days to 23 August.

The rate in Bolton, which was second on the list, has also jumped from 18.8 to 69.6, with 200 new cases.

Rossendale is in third place, where the rate has increased from 12.6 to 65.8 with 47 new cases.

Other areas recording notable week-on-week jumps include Corby (up from 20.8 to 54.0, with 39 new cases), South Tyneside (up from 12.6 to 46.4, with 70 new cases) and Trafford (up from 20.6 to 38.8, with 92 new cases).

Leeds (up from 21.1 to 32.5, with 258 new cases) and Wirral (up from 9.6 to 26.5, with 86 new cases) also showed noticeable increases.

In last week’s figures, Blackburn with Darwen was top but it has since fallen to fifth, Oldham has moved from second to fourth and Leicester has dropped out the top 20 altogether after previously being fourth.

People do their shopping in Colne town centre. (Getty)
People do their shopping in Colne town centre. (Getty)

Here is the full list based on Wednesday’s update of the rolling seven-day rate of new cases of COVID-19 for every local authority area in England.

The figures, for the seven days to 30 August, are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the government’s testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two).

The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.

Data for the most recent three days (August 31-September 2) has been excluded as it is incomplete and likely to be revised.

The list reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases per 100,000 in the seven days to 30 August followed by number (in brackets) of new cases in the seven days to 30 August; rate of new cases per 100,000 in the seven days to 23 August, followed by the number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to 23 August.

  • Pendle 74.9 (69), 58.6 (54)

  • Bolton 69.6 (200), 18.8 (54)

  • Rossendale 65.8 (47), 12.6 (9)

  • Oldham 63.3 (150), 58.2 (138)

  • Corby 54.0 (39), 20.8 (15)

  • Bradford 52.6 (284), 42.2 (228)

  • Blackburn with Darwen 49.4 (74), 54.8 (82)

  • South Tyneside 46.4 (70), 12.6 (19)

  • Rochdale 44.1 (98), 42.7 (95)

  • Manchester 42.7 (236), 43.6 (241)

  • Tameside 39.3 (89), 32.2 (73)

  • Trafford 38.8 (92), 20.6 (49)

  • Salford 37.9 (98), 27.4 (71)

  • Great Yarmouth 35.2 (35), 5.0 (5)

  • Burnley 34.9 (31), 25.9 (23)

  • Preston 33.5 (48), 26.5 (38)

  • Leeds 32.5 (258), 21.1 (167)

  • Kettering 32.4 (33), 26.5 (27)

  • Breckland 31.4 (44), 6.4 (9)

  • Birmingham 30.2 (345), 24.9 (284)

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