CASES of the coronavirus have risen in just 17 places in England, official data has revealed.
But just five of those 17 areas will be forced into tough Tier 3 restrictions when the country exits the second national lockdown on December 2.
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Medway currently has 447.7 cases per 100,000 people and will be placed in Tier 3 alongside Dover, Maidstone, Folkestone & Hythe and Ashford.
Of the 315 local authority areas in England, 298 have seen a drop in cases, data from Public Health England (PHE) states.
The rates are for the week ending November 25 and show that the second national lockdown has been successful in reducing the amount of community infections across most places in England.
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Here’s your regional guide to the areas where rates are increasing.
Cases in the last seven days – 13,493
Later this week most of the North West will be pushed into Tier 3 restrictions.
Places such as Liverpool had previously been in Tier 3 but a reduction in cases has meant that the area can be in Tier 2.
Liverpool City Region; Warrington; Cheshire East; Cheshire West & Chester; and the county of Cumbria will all be in Tier 2 where households cannot mix outdoors and if they mix outdoors they must stick to the rule of six.
Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Greater Manchester and Lancashire will all face Tier 3 restrictions.
One of the hardest hit areas in the North West is Oldham – which despite a drop in cases, still has 340.8 per 100,000.
Other areas that have high infection counts in the North West include Rochdale, (337.7) and Burnley (334).
None of the areas that feature in the 17 where cases have risen are in the North West.
Cases in the last seven days – 6,411
The North East had previously been a Covid hotspot but cases have dropped off significantly in the area.
Despite this – the region will remain in Tier 3.
Areas such as County Durham, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland will all be in Tier 3 – where hospitality will be closed except for takeaways.
South Tyneside is the most infected area in the North East with 320.6 infections per 100,000.
Other Tier 3 areas include: Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside and Northumberland as well as Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees.
YORKSHIRE AND THE HUMBER
Cases in the last seven days – 13,112
The whole of Yorkshire and the Humber will enter into Tier 3 restrictions on December 2.
This includes areas such as East Riding of Yorkshire and Kingston upon Hull/Hull.
Hull is the most infected area in Yorkshire and the Humber and currently has 415.4 cases per 100,000 – down from 702.9.
Other areas in the region going into Tier 3 include North East Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire, South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.
Cases in the last seven days – 14,569
Three areas in the West Midlands will remain in Tier 3 restrictions and these include Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Worcestershire.
The rest will face the tightest Tier 3 restrictions.
Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton will all be in Tier 3 as will Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull.
Stoke-on-Trent is the most infected place in the area with 402.9 cases per 100,000.
Cases in the last seven days – 9,957
People in the East Midlands have faced tough restrictions for months now and will once again be placed under the toughest rulings.
Derby and Derbyshire, Leicester and Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, as well as Nottingham and Nottinghamshire will all be put under Tier 3 rules.
Just Northamptonshire and Rutland will be in Tier 2.
Oadby and Wigston is one of the most infected places in the region with 384.1 cases per 100,000.
Cases in the last seven days – 14,185
London was one of the hardest hit places at the start of the pandemic and now has some of the highest case rates in the country.
All 32 boroughs of the capital will remain in Tier 2 restrictions once the national lockdown is lifted on December 2.
Newham, in East London has seen a small increase in cases over the last seven days going from 213.5 to 216.1.
Redbridge has also seen an increase from 289 to 298.8.
The most infected borough in London is Havering with 308.6 cases per 100,000.
EAST OF ENGLAND
Cases in the last seven days -7,331
The whole of the East of England is going into Tier 2.
Basildon has 271.9 cases per 100,000 – up from 236.6.
Harlow, Ipswich and North Norfolk have also seen an increase in cases over the last seven days.
Harlow has gone from 151.6 to 225.1, with 196 new cases and Ipswich is up from 92.0 to 157.8, with 216 new cases.
Epping Forest has also seen an increase from 206.5 to 214.9 cases per 100,000.
Cases in the last seven days – 13,110
Ashford, Dover, Folkestone & Hythe, Maidstone, Medway and Tonbridge & Malling will all be in Tier 3 from December 2.
Surrey Heath and Woking – will be in Tier 2.
Medway is up from 343.6 to 447.7, with 1,247 new cases, while Gravesham in North West Kent has gone from 334.8 to 392.7.
Dover has gone from 238.7 to 300.5 per 100,000, while Maidstone has gone from 238.0 to 295.6.
Cases in the last seven days – 6,126
The south-west includes the only other area in England, along with the Isle of Wight, that is being placed in Tier 1: Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly.
Three areas in the South West are going into Tier 3: Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
All other areas, excluding these three and Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly, are going into Tier 2.