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Covid cases now rising in 168 areas as experts warn poorer towns face ‘longer pandemic’

Nearly 170 places in England have seen rises in new Covid cases in a week – as experts warn more deprived areas will be feeling the effects for longer.

Latest data reveals that 168 of the country’s 315 local authority areas – 53% – have rising numbers of people testing positive for the virus.

This is despite a 6.6 per cent drop in infections across the UK in the past seven days, with 2,166 cases confirmed by the Department of Health today.

A further 29 people died from the virus, bringing the government’s official death toll to 127,489.

Seven areas in Yorkshire are in England’s 15 worst hotspots, with Selby now the worst-affected area after cases more than doubled in a week.

Kirklees, also in Yorkshire, has the second highest infection rate.

Scroll down for the full list to see how many Covid cases there are in your area

Experts warned today that more deprived areas will face a longer pandemic (file image)
Experts warned today that more deprived areas will face a longer pandemic (file image)

The five areas with the biggest week-on-week rises are:

  • Selby (up from 46.3 to 109.2)
  • Hyndburn (27.1 to 60.5)
  • Dacorum (12.9 to 36.8)
  • Chiltern (3.1 to 25.0)
  • Cambridge (43.3 to 64.1)

Earlier today a public health leader warned that people living in deprived areas will continue to face the impact of higher or longer coronavirus

transmission.

Jeanelle de Gruchy, president of the Association of Directors of Public Health, told a virtual event that Covid-19 had been a “siren call” showing the inequalities “scarring” modern Britain.

She said that while some people had described the virus as an “equaliser”, the poorest and most vulnerable had been most at risk and experienced the biggest impact.

Dr de Gruchy added: “Covid has also been another siren call about the inequalities scarring modern Britain.

Nearly 170 areas in England have seen a rise in new Covid cases
Nearly 170 areas in England have seen a rise in new Covid cases

“Some people have suggested that Covid-19 is some sort of equaliser because we can all get it but I think that misses the point.

“Actually what we have seen is that unfortunately it is the poorest and most vulnerable in our society, including those from black and minority ethnic communities, who have been most at risk and actually have experienced the most impact negatively.

“So I do think also that unfortunately it will be those living in more deprived areas and experiencing multiple challenges who will continue to experience the negative impact of higher or longer Covid transmission in their areas.”

A further 27 lives were lost to the virus, the Department of Health announced today (file image)
A further 27 lives were lost to the virus, the Department of Health announced today (file image)

Dr de Gruchy also said recovering from the pandemic cannot just be about “going back to normal”.

She added: “The inequalities that have been exposed tell us that recovery can’t just be about going back to normal, but that we need to think more fundamentally about the kind of society and economy we want to live in.

“Communities, workplaces which promote and prize health and wellbeing.

“We need to work locally to deliver this but we will also need government policy that fundamentally prevents ill health and tackles to improve the social determinants of health.”

Cambridge is one of the areas to have seen a rise in new cases (file image)
Cambridge is one of the areas to have seen a rise in new cases (file image)

The list in full

Figures show – rate of new cases in the seven days to April 24; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to April 17; rate of new cases the previous seven days; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the previous seven days

Selby, 109.2, (99), 46.3, (42)
Kirklees, 71.9, (316), 58.9, (259)
North Lincolnshire, 66.7, (115), 55.7, (96)
Doncaster, 65.7, (205), 73.7, (230)
Cambridge, 64.1, (80), 43.3, (54)
Hyndburn, 60.5, (49), 27.1, (22)
Barnsley, 59.1, (146), 57.1, (141)
Luton, 57.7, (123), 73.7, (157)
Leicester, 56.2, (199), 68.6, (243)
Wakefield, 56.0, (195), 48.2, (168)
Bradford, 55.0, (297), 61.5, (332)
Slough, 53.5, (80), 60.9, (91)
Rotherham, 49.7, (132), 54.3, (144)
Rugby, 48.7, (53), 37.6, (41)
Bolton, 47.3, (136), 50.1, (144)
Craven, 45.5, (26), 29.8, (17)
Peterborough, 45.5, (92), 51.9, (105)
Sheffield, 44.5, (260), 48.7, (285)
Boston, 44.2, (31), 59.9, (42)
Mansfield, 43.9, (48), 46.7, (51)
Leeds, 43.9, (348), 44.6, (354)
Corby, 42.9, (31), 45.7, (33)
Stoke-on-Trent, 42.9, (110), 36.7, (94)
Manchester, 42.9, (237), 46.7, (258)
Bassetlaw, 42.6, (50), 41.7, (49)
Fenland, 42.2, (43), 56.9, (58)
Kettering, 40.3, (41), 33.4, (34)
Northampton, 39.6, (89), 46.3, (104)
Brent, 39.4, (130), 30.0, (99)
Oldham, 39.2, (93), 53.1, (126)
Hounslow, 37.9, (103), 34.6, (94)
Dacorum, 36.8, (57), 12.9, (20)
Trafford, 36.7, (87), 26.1, (62)
Salford, 35.9, (93), 30.9, (80)
Sandwell, 35.6, (117), 35.6, (117)
Hillingdon, 35.2, (108), 38.1, (117)
Ealing, 34.8, (119), 31.3, (107)
Blackburn with Darwen, 34.7, (52), 27.4, (41)
Nuneaton and Bedworth, 33.1, (43), 43.1, (56)
Harrow, 33.0, (83), 31.1, (78)
Chorley, 33.0, (39), 33.8, (40)
Westminster, 32.9, (86), 29.8, (78)
Rochdale, 32.8, (73), 41.4, (92)
South Holland, 32.6, (31), 43.1, (41)
Wellingborough, 32.6, (26), 48.9, (39)
Blaby, 32.5, (33), 26.6, (27)
King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, 32.4, (49), 26.4, (40)
Hartlepool, 32.0, (30), 52.3, (49)
Windsor and Maidenhead, 31.7, (48), 19.2, (29)
East Riding of Yorkshire, 31.1, (106), 38.1, (130)
Bolsover, 31.0, (25), 13.7, (11)
Harborough, 30.9, (29), 23.5, (22)
Wandsworth, 30.3, (100), 23.7, (78)
Preston, 30.0, (43), 32.1, (46)
South Bucks, 30.0, (21), 31.4, (22)
Ipswich, 29.9, (41), 29.2, (40)
Newcastle upon Tyne, 29.7, (90), 37.3, (113)
Southampton, 29.7, (75), 35.2, (89)
Hull, 29.6, (77), 60.1, (156)
Tower Hamlets, 29.6, (96), 25.6, (83)
Pendle, 29.3, (27), 17.4, (16)
Swindon, 29.3, (65), 23.9, (53)
Nottingham, 29.1, (97), 29.1, (97)
Darlington, 29.0, (31), 27.2, (29)
Gravesham, 29.0, (31), 9.4, (10)
Kensington and Chelsea, 28.8, (45), 35.9, (56)
Hammersmith and Fulham, 28.6, (53), 31.3, (58)
Newham, 28.3, (100), 35.4, (125)
Redbridge, 28.2, (86), 33.7, (103)
Barking and Dagenham, 27.7, (59), 24.4, (52)
Rutland, 27.6, (11), 12.5, (5)
Wycombe, 27.5, (48), 28.6, (50)
Tameside, 27.4, (62), 33.6, (76)
Stockton-on-Tees, 27.4, (54), 21.3, (42)
Reading, 27.2, (44), 22.3, (36)
Newark and Sherwood, 27.0, (33), 11.4, (14)
Waverley, 26.9, (34), 10.3, (13)
Aylesbury Vale, 26.6, (53), 23.6, (47)
Hinckley and Bosworth, 26.5, (30), 16.8, (19)
Herefordshire, 26.5, (51), 11.9, (23)
Birmingham, 25.9, (296), 23.4, (267)
Stockport, 25.9, (76), 24.2, (71)
South Cambridgeshire, 25.8, (41), 18.2, (29)
Three Rivers, 25.7, (24), 25.7, (24)
Bury, 25.7, (49), 27.8, (53)
North East Derbyshire, 25.6, (26), 31.5, (32)
Telford and Wrekin, 25.6, (46), 21.7, (39)
Middlesbrough, 25.5, (36), 31.2, (44)
Merton, 25.2, (52), 24.7, (51)
Great Yarmouth, 25.2, (25), 19.1, (19)
Calderdale, 25.1, (53), 29.8, (63)
Chiltern, 25.0, (24), 3.1, (3)
Scarborough, 24.8, (27), 21.1, (23)
Thanet, 24.7, (35), 12.0, (17)
East Suffolk, 24.5, (61), 18.8, (47)
Kingston upon Thames, 24.2, (43), 17.5, (31)
West Lindsey, 24.0, (23), 22.0, (21)
County Durham, 24.0, (127), 20.6, (109)
North Kesteven, 23.9, (28), 9.4, (11)
Watford, 23.8, (23), 37.3, (36)
Barnet, 23.7, (94), 28.0, (111)
Hart, 23.7, (23), 15.5, (15)
Bedford, 23.7, (41), 18.5, (32)
Sedgemoor, 23.5, (29), 17.9, (22)
Tamworth, 23.5, (18), 27.4, (21)
Wokingham, 23.4, (40), 18.7, (32)
Wolverhampton, 23.2, (61), 25.4, (67)
Coventry, 23.1, (86), 26.4, (98)
Wigan, 23.1, (76), 33.8, (111)
Walsall, 23.1, (66), 32.6, (93)
Oxford, 23.0, (35), 29.5, (45)
Derby, 22.9, (59), 18.3, (47)
Guildford, 22.8, (34), 26.8, (40)
Bristol, 22.7, (105), 22.4, (104)
Cherwell, 22.6, (34), 28.6, (43)
Camden, 22.6, (61), 15.6, (42)
Burnley, 22.5, (20), 30.4, (27)
Rossendale, 22.4, (16), 16.8, (12)
Runnymede, 22.4, (20), 12.3, (11)
West Suffolk, 22.3, (40), 15.1, (27)
North Tyneside, 22.1, (46), 17.8, (37)
North East Lincolnshire, 21.9, (35), 26.9, (43)
South Tyneside, 21.9, (33), 19.2, (29)
York, 21.4, (45), 15.7, (33)
East Northamptonshire, 21.2, (20), 20.1, (19)
Lincoln, 21.1, (21), 17.1, (17)
Epsom and Ewell, 21.1, (17), 19.8, (16)
South Gloucestershire, 21.0, (60), 14.7, (42)
Gloucester, 20.9, (27), 12.4, (16)
Wyre Forest, 20.7, (21), 11.8, (12)
Mid Devon, 20.7, (17), 12.1, (10)
Hackney and City of London, 20.6, (60), 18.2, (53)
Lancaster, 20.5, (30), 16.4, (24)
Elmbridge, 20.5, (28), 11.7, (16)
Tandridge, 20.4, (18), 5.7, (5)
Enfield, 20.4, (68), 17.7, (59)
Tunbridge Wells, 20.2, (24), 18.5, (22)
Southwark, 20.1, (64), 15.7, (50)
Milton Keynes, 20.0, (54), 28.6, (77)
Redditch, 19.9, (17), 11.7, (10)
Vale of White Horse, 19.9, (27), 22.1, (30)
Test Valley, 19.8, (25), 19.0, (24)
East Lindsey, 19.8, (28), 18.3, (26)
Harlow, 19.5, (17), 13.8, (12)
Croydon, 19.4, (75), 10.9, (42)
Sutton, 19.4, (40), 15.0, (31)
Derbyshire Dales, 19.4, (14), 8.3, (6)
Stevenage, 19.4, (17), 30.7, (27)
Oadby and Wigston, 19.3, (11), 19.3, (11)
Mid Suffolk, 19.3, (20), 20.2, (21)
East Staffordshire, 19.2, (23), 18.4, (22)
North Somerset, 19.1, (41), 18.1, (39)
South Ribble, 19.0, (21), 19.9, (22)
Stafford, 18.9, (26), 8.0, (11)
East Cambridgeshire, 18.9, (17), 14.5, (13)
Lambeth, 18.7, (61), 17.8, (58)
Dudley, 18.7, (60), 27.4, (88)
South Derbyshire, 18.6, (20), 14.9, (16)
Brighton and Hove, 18.6, (54), 11.0, (32)
Newcastle-under-Lyme, 18.5, (24), 30.9, (40)
Solihull, 18.5, (40), 16.2, (35)
Ashford, 18.5, (24), 13.1, (17)
Tendring, 18.4, (27), 17.7, (26)
Staffordshire Moorlands, 18.3, (18), 22.3, (22)
Havant, 18.2, (23), 19.0, (24)
Brentwood, 18.2, (14), 14.3, (11)
Mendip, 18.2, (21), 13.0, (15)
Warrington, 18.1, (38), 23.3, (49)
Spelthorne, 18.0, (18), 12.0, (12)
Woking, 17.9, (18), 26.8, (27)
Gateshead, 17.8, (36), 16.3, (33)
Gedling, 17.8, (21), 13.6, (16)
Cotswold, 17.8, (16), 4.5, (4)
Havering, 17.7, (46), 15.0, (39)
Waltham Forest, 17.7, (49), 18.4, (51)
Gosport, 17.7, (15), 8.3, (7)
West Berkshire, 17.7, (28), 8.8, (14)
Sunderland, 17.6, (49), 16.2, (45)
Canterbury, 17.5, (29), 24.2, (40)
North West Leicestershire, 17.4, (18), 28.0, (29)
Sefton, 17.4, (48), 18.8, (52)
Bexley, 17.3, (43), 16.1, (40)
North Hertfordshire, 17.2, (23), 14.2, (19)
Thurrock, 17.2, (30), 8.0, (14)
Richmond upon Thames, 17.2, (34), 21.2, (42)
Plymouth, 17.2, (45), 7.2, (19)
Basingstoke and Deane, 17.0, (30), 11.3, (20)
Dartford, 16.9, (19), 14.2, (16)
Worcester, 16.8, (17), 23.7, (24)
Shropshire, 16.7, (54), 11.1, (36)
Charnwood, 16.7, (31), 36.6, (68)
Greenwich, 16.7, (48), 17.7, (51)
Malvern Hills, 16.5, (13), 6.4, (5)
Medway, 16.5, (46), 10.8, (30)
Chichester, 16.5, (20), 14.9, (18)
North Devon, 16.5, (16), 5.1, (5)
Ashfield, 16.4, (21), 16.4, (21)
Cheshire East, 16.4, (63), 17.4, (67)
East Hampshire, 16.4, (20), 9.8, (12)
Huntingdonshire, 16.3, (29), 21.9, (39)
Lichfield, 16.2, (17), 11.5, (12)
Hertsmere, 16.2, (17), 19.1, (20)
Copeland, 16.1, (11), 11.7, (8)
St Helens, 16.1, (29), 13.3, (24)
Mole Valley, 16.0, (14), 10.3, (9)
Lewisham, 16.0, (49), 11.4, (35)
Haringey, 16.0, (43), 16.4, (44)
Central Bedfordshire, 15.9, (46), 19.1, (55)
Tonbridge and Malling, 15.9, (21), 10.6, (14)
Melton, 15.6, (8), 33.2, (17)
Erewash, 15.6, (18), 13.9, (16)
Adur, 15.6, (10), 9.3, (6)
South Kesteven, 15.4, (22), 33.0, (47)
Redcar and Cleveland, 15.3, (21), 21.1, (29)
Horsham, 15.3, (22), 13.9, (20)
Dover, 15.2, (18), 5.1, (6)
Wirral, 15.1, (49), 10.2, (33)
South Norfolk, 14.9, (21), 9.9, (14)
Richmondshire, 14.9, (8), 20.5, (11)
West Lancashire, 14.9, (17), 14.0, (16)
Wealden, 14.9, (24), 9.9, (16)
Welwyn Hatfield, 14.6, (18), 19.5, (24)
Fareham, 14.6, (17), 7.7, (9)
Warwick, 14.6, (21), 7.0, (10)
Wiltshire, 14.6, (73), 14.8, (74)
Northumberland, 14.6, (47), 17.7, (57)
Broadland, 14.5, (19), 13.0, (17)
Lewes, 14.5, (15), 9.7, (10)
Epping Forest, 14.4, (19), 11.4, (15)
Portsmouth, 14.4, (31), 15.4, (33)
Rushcliffe, 14.3, (17), 11.7, (14)
Uttlesford, 14.2, (13), 9.9, (9)
Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole, 14.2, (56), 13.4, (53)
Mid Sussex, 13.9, (21), 16.6, (25)
Cannock Chase, 13.9, (14), 9.9, (10)
Bracknell Forest, 13.9, (17), 21.2, (26)
Arun, 13.7, (22), 17.4, (28)
Tewkesbury, 13.7, (13), 5.3, (5)
Somerset West and Taunton, 13.5, (21), 9.0, (14)
Norwich, 13.5, (19), 7.1, (10)
Cheshire West and Chester, 13.4, (46), 10.8, (37)
South Staffordshire, 13.3, (15), 12.5, (14)
New Forest, 13.3, (24), 16.7, (30)
Amber Valley, 13.3, (17), 5.5, (7)
Eden, 13.1, (7), 11.3, (6)
Blackpool, 12.9, (18), 15.8, (22)
Chelmsford, 12.9, (23), 15.7, (28)
Breckland, 12.9, (18), 14.3, (20)
Maidstone, 12.8, (22), 14.0, (24)
Daventry, 12.8, (11), 45.4, (39)
Isle of Wight, 12.7, (18), 7.8, (11)
South Oxfordshire, 12.7, (18), 12.7, (18)
West Oxfordshire, 12.7, (14), 18.1, (20)
South Hams, 12.6, (11), 2.3, (2)
Knowsley, 12.6, (19), 20.5, (31)
Southend-on-Sea, 12.6, (23), 12.6, (23)
Crawley, 12.5, (14), 23.1, (26)
Harrogate, 12.4, (20), 24.2, (39)
Sevenoaks, 12.4, (15), 14.1, (17)
North Norfolk, 12.4, (13), 16.2, (17)
South Lakeland, 12.4, (13), 28.5, (30)
East Devon, 12.3, (18), 4.1, (6)
Basildon, 12.3, (23), 12.8, (24)
Broxtowe, 12.3, (14), 11.4, (13)
North Warwickshire, 12.3, (8), 29.1, (19)
Castle Point, 12.2, (11), 13.3, (12)
Dorset, 12.2, (46), 12.2, (46)
Bromley, 12.0, (40), 7.2, (24)
Bromsgrove, 12.0, (12), 8.0, (8)
Hambleton, 12.0, (11), 6.6, (6)
Bath and North East Somerset, 11.9, (23), 8.8, (17)
Liverpool, 11.8, (59), 18.3, (91)
South Northamptonshire, 11.6, (11), 23.3, (22)
Rushmoor, 11.6, (11), 11.6, (11)
Halton, 11.6, (15), 14.7, (19)
Islington, 11.5, (28), 15.7, (38)
Ribble Valley, 11.5, (7), 8.2, (5)
Rochford, 11.4, (10), 9.2, (8)
Chesterfield, 11.4, (12), 24.8, (26)
Exeter, 11.4, (15), 10.7, (14)
East Hertfordshire, 11.4, (17), 18.7, (28)
Swale, 11.3, (17), 13.3, (20)
Colchester, 11.3, (22), 12.8, (25)
Eastleigh, 11.2, (15), 26.2, (35)
Stroud, 10.8, (13), 12.5, (15)
High Peak, 10.8, (10), 29.1, (27)
St Albans, 10.8, (16), 14.1, (21)
Stratford-on-Avon, 10.8, (14), 13.8, (18)
South Somerset, 10.7, (18), 13.1, (22)
Braintree, 10.5, (16), 7.9, (12)
Winchester, 10.4, (13), 13.6, (17)
Rother, 10.4, (10), 3.1, (3)
Cheltenham, 10.3, (12), 12.9, (15)
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, 10.1, (58), 11.7, (67)
Reigate and Banstead, 10.1, (15), 11.4, (17)
Surrey Heath, 10.1, (9), 10.1, (9)
Wychavon, 10.0, (13), 9.3, (12)
Worthing, 9.9, (11), 11.8, (13)
Wyre, 9.8, (11), 13.4, (15)
Babergh, 9.8, (9), 14.1, (13)
Ryedale, 9.0, (5), 19.9, (11)
West Devon, 9.0, (5), 9.0, (5)
Barrow-in-Furness, 8.9, (6), 16.4, (11)
Allerdale, 8.2, (8), 12.3, (12)
Forest of Dean, 8.1, (7), 3.5, (3)
Fylde, 7.4, (6), 13.6, (11)
Torridge, 7.3, (5), 10.3, (7)
Folkestone and Hythe, 7.1, (8), 5.3, (6)
Eastbourne, 6.7, (7), 12.5, (13)
Teignbridge, 6.7, (9), 15.7, (21)
Torbay, 6.6, (9), 6.6, (9)
Hastings, 6.5, (6), 9.7, (9)
Carlisle, 5.5, (6), 7.4, (8)
Broxbourne, 4.1, (4), 11.3, (11)
Maldon, 0.0, (0), 6.2, (4)



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