The latest coronavirus infection rates have been revealed.
As the UK prepares for the gradual lifting of lockdown restrictions it’s easy to forget about the figures.
Of the 315 local areas in England, 55 (17%) have seen a rise in case rates, while 260 (83%) have recorded a fall, according to the latest data from Public Health England.
At one point, Essex dominated the worst-hit areas in England with Thurrock in top spot for worst infection rate in the country with 961.3 cases per 100,000 people – after recording 1,676 cases in the week up to December 15.
But, things are beginning to look up.
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With more than 18 million people across the UK having now received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine Boris Johnson has set out a four-stage path out of lockdown for England – starting on March 8.
However, there was a warning last night (February 26) that if people start to get complacent the virus could surge once again.
There have been rises in cases in a handful of areas of the UK, which has caused some concern for England’s deputy chief medical officer.
Appearing at a Downing Street press briefing, Jonathan Van-Tam said: “”Look, this is all going very well, but there are some worrying signs that people are relaxing, taking their foot off the brake at the wrong time.
“We are so close. Do not wreck this now. It is too early to relax. Just continue to maintain discipline and hang on just a few more months.”
Figures for the seven days to February 22
Data February 23-26 has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.
The list has been calculated by the PA news agency based on Public Health England data published on February 26 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.
Here is the list in full. From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to February 22; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to February 22; rate of new cases in the seven days to February 15; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to February 15.
Thurrock, 115.9, (202), 111.8, (195)
Brentwood, 111.7, (86), 102.6, (79)
Tendring, 103.0, (151), 191.7, (281)
Colchester, 100.2, (195), 94.0, (183)
Harlow, 99.9, (87), 137.8, (120)
Castle Point, 79.7, (72), 100.7, (91)
Rochford, 79.0, (69), 88.1, (77)
Braintree, 77.3, (118), 112.1, (171)
Basildon, 72.6, (136), 82.8, (155)
Chelmsford, 70.1, (125), 81.8, (146)
Southend-on-Sea, 66.6, (122), 115.8, (212)
Maldon, 64.7, (42), 81.6, (53)
Epping Forest, 56.2, (74), 64.5, (85)
Uttlesford, 44.9, (41), 90.9, (83)
Barking and Dagenham, 111.3, (237), 150.8, (321)
Ipswich, 103.0, (141), 97.9, (134)
Barnet, 81.8, (324), 95.2, (377)
Havering, 74.0, (192), 100.9, (262)
Dartford, 71.9, (81), 106.6, (120)
Waltham Forest, 66.8, (185), 98.6, (273)
Enfield, 61.7, (206), 83.9, (280)
Tower Hamlets, 56.0, (182), 64.1, (208)