The 5 places where Covid is rising fastest – is YOUR area on the list?

COVID cases are rising across the country with infections having increased in 92 per cent of areas in the last week, data shows.

The interactive map below shows if your area is a Covid hotspot after cases climbed in the biggest surge since January.

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With just three weeks until Freedom Day, several areas in the North West remain the most infected, despite the South West having the highest R rate in England.

Hyndburn in Lancashire has the highest rate of cases and is now in the top spot.

It has seen 444 new infections in the seven days up to June 24 – the equivalent of 547.9 cases per 100,000 people.

This is up from 484.9 the week before, data from Public Health England (PHE) shows.

Hyndburn has been number two to Blackburn for weeks when it comes to infections and has now surpassed the previous Delta variant hotspot.

Blackburn with Darwen in Lancashire now has the second highest rate, down up from 534.4 to 491.7, with 736 new cases.

Rossendale, also in Lancashire, is in third spot, up from 335.7 to 435.1, with 311 new cases.

While three areas in Lancashire continue to be the most infected in the country, there are five other areas in England where cases have risen rapidly in the last week.

Tamworth in Staffordshire has seen cases jump from 48.2 to 259.5 per 100,000 in the last week.

This is an increase of 430 per cent and bars and schools have been forced to close in the area due to the uptick in infections.

In Warwick, in the West Midlands, cases have also risen from 88.3 to 285.2, an increase of over 200 per cent.

Health officials in the area have said cases have been rising over the last few weeks due to the Delta variant, but that the increase was still lower than in other areas.


Dr Shade Agboola, Director of Public Health for Warwickshire said if the area doesn’t act now then there will be a surge in cases.

“Which will lead to hospitalisations and in some instances a higher number of deaths”, she added.

Further North, Newcastle upon Tyne has also seen a rise in cases, going from 238.1 to 409.2.

Also in the North East, North Tyneside has witnessed an increase, going from 256.6 to 387.7.

In the North West, former hotspot area Knowsley has seen a jump from 146.5 to 312.2 cases per 100,000.


While cases are increasing across the country, hospitalisations have also increased, but remain low in comparison to infections.

The North West still has the biggest number of people testing positive for the virus each day.

Around 4,168 people in the region are testing positive each day for the virus, with 65 people being admitted to hospital.

The region is followed by London, where 2,306 people are testing positive each day, with 35 people being admitted to hospital.

Yorkshire and the Humber is next where 2,289 people are testing positive each day.

Data for Yorkshire is combined with the North East when it comes to hospitalisations and 56 people are being admitted daily across the two.


In the South East 2,068 people are testing positive a day, with eight hospitalisations.

In the North East 2,005 people are testing positive a day and in the West Midlands 1,637 people are testing positive daily.

Data on hospitalisations for the Midlands is combined as a whole and 35 people are being admitted to hospital with the virus across the region each day.

In the South West 1,508 people are testing positive a day with 12 a day being admitted to hospital.

In the East Midlands 1,261 people are testing positive a day and the East is the region with the lowest daily infection levels, with 1,150 a day and 12 hospitalisations.

Another 22,868 new cases were recorded across the UK yesterday – a 115 per cent rise compared to the 10,633 infections recorded last Monday.



The latest figures compare to 18,270 new infections and 23 fatalities on Sunday.

But despite the soaring cases, just 1,557 patients have been admitted into hospital in the past seven days with deaths remaining mercifully low at three a day.

It’s the lowest daily death total in a fortnight – a hint at the success of the vaccine programme.

Three more people passed away from the virus in the past 24 hours, meaning the total death toll now sits at 128,103.

Covid cases rise by 70% in a week in biggest daily surge since January with 22,868 new infections


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