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Covid rising in more than half of England’s towns and cities amid ‘third wave’ warning

The number of new Covid cases is rising in more than half of England’s towns and cities – with three emerging hotspots recording more than double the infections of a week earlier.

Latest figures reveal that, despite a sharp fall in infection rates across the UK, 163 of England’s 315 local authority areas have seen a week-on-week rise in new cases.

Selby in North Yorkshire now has the highest infection rate in the country after it rose from 51.9 cases per 100,000 to 110.4 in the seven days to Friday.

Chiltern and Gravesham also saw their infection rates more than double – with the former recording five times as many cases as a week earlier.

Kirklees, Rugby and Cambridge also saw significant increases in the number of new cases.

Scroll down to see how Covid infection rates have changed in your area

Boris Johnson today warned a third wave of new cases was 'probably' on the way
Boris Johnson today warned a third wave of new cases was ‘probably’ on the way

Earlier today Boris Johnson

warned there would “probably” be a third wave of Covid infections, telling reporters: “The numbers of deaths, the number of hospitalisations, are currently very low.

“That doesn’t mean that we have got it totally licked, it doesn’t mean that Covid is over.

“We have got to be realistic about that, unfortunately there probably will be another wave of the disease, but I think that the vaccination programme has now been so massive – 33.6 million people vaccinated.

“We have built up what I think are some pretty robust fortifications against the next wave, we will have to see how strong they really are in due course.”

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

  • Selby (up from 51.9 to 110.4)
  • Cambridge (40.1 to 64.1)
  • Chiltern (5.2 to 25.0)
  • Gravesham (10.3 to 28.1)
  • Rugby (31.2 to 48.7)

Scientists have warned of a third wave of cases this summer (file image)
Scientists have warned of a third wave of cases this summer (file image)

Today the Department for Health said 33,843,580 people had received a first vaccine jab, while 13,201,811 had been given both doses.

The UK’s Covid death toll rose by 17 to 127,451, while a further 2,685 cases were confirmed.

Three separate models for the government’s SAGE advisors earlier this month warned of a third wave of Covid this summer.

A SAGE subgroup said: “It is highly likely that there will be a further resurgence in hospitalisations and deaths after the later steps of the Roadmap.”

The reason for this the combination of three things together. Some people – mostly children – are ineligible for vaccination, others choose not to get a jab, and people who’ve had the vaccine don’t get 100% protection.

Imperial estimated only 44.6% of the population will be protected against severe disease by June 21, “plateauing” at 61% later in summer.

In “most” scenarios, the peak of a third wave was smaller than that of either the second wave in January 2021, or the first in April 2020.

A further 17 Covid deaths were confirmed by the Department of Health today
A further 17 Covid deaths were confirmed by the Department of Health today

The list in full

Figures show – rate of new cases in the seven days to April 23; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to April 16; rate of new cases the previous seven days; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the previous seven days

Selby, 110.4, (100), 51.9, (47)
Kirklees, 70.5, (310), 61.8, (272)
Doncaster, 66.4, (207), 78.2, (244)
North Lincolnshire, 64.4, (111), 58.6, (101)
Cambridge, 64.1, (80), 40.1, (50)
Wakefield, 56.8, (198), 52.5, (183)
Barnsley, 55.9, (138), 66.8, (165)
Leicester, 55.0, (195), 69.7, (247)
Luton, 54.4, (116), 87.3, (186)
Slough, 53.5, (80), 65.5, (98)
Bradford, 52.1, (281), 71.5, (386)
Rotherham, 52.0, (138), 56.5, (150)
Rugby, 48.7, (53), 31.2, (34)
Corby, 47.1, (34), 49.8, (36)
Northampton, 46.7, (105), 40.5, (91)
Peterborough, 46.5, (94), 53.9, (109)
Manchester, 45.9, (254), 47.6, (263)
Bolton, 45.9, (132), 49.4, (142)
Leeds, 45.5, (361), 46.0, (365)
Kettering, 45.2, (46), 38.3, (39)
Mansfield, 44.8, (49), 53.1, (58)
Sheffield, 44.8, (262), 51.6, (302)
Stoke-on-Trent, 44.5, (114), 38.2, (98)
Craven, 43.8, (25), 31.5, (18)

Fenland, 43.2, (44), 54.0, (55)
Boston, 42.8, (30), 59.9, (42)
Hartlepool, 41.6, (39), 42.7, (40)
Brent, 40.9, (135), 28.5, (94)
Sandwell, 39.3, (129), 36.2, (119)
Bassetlaw, 39.2, (46), 46.8, (55)
Hyndburn, 38.3, (31), 32.1, (26)
Oldham, 37.5, (89), 58.2, (138)
Hounslow, 36.5, (99), 37.2, (101)
Hillingdon, 36.2, (111), 39.8, (122)
Ealing, 35.7, (122), 29.3, (100)
Preston, 35.6, (51), 30.7, (44)
Trafford, 35.4, (84), 30.3, (72)
Salford, 34.8, (90), 31.3, (81)
Blackburn with Darwen, 33.4, (50), 34.1, (51)
Rochdale, 33.3, (74), 42.7, (95)
Southampton, 32.5, (82), 34.8, (88)
Windsor and Maidenhead, 32.4, (49), 19.8, (30)
Nuneaton and Bedworth, 32.3, (42), 45.4, (59)
Dacorum, 32.3, (50), 15.5, (24)
East Riding of Yorkshire, 32.2, (110), 39.6, (135)
Westminster, 32.1, (84), 31.0, (81)
Harborough, 32.0, (30), 20.3, (19)
Tower Hamlets, 31.7, (103), 23.7, (77)
Hull, 31.6, (82), 63.5, (165)
Hammersmith and Fulham, 31.3, (58), 30.2, (56)
Chorley, 31.3, (37), 35.5, (42)
Wycombe, 30.9, (54), 29.8, (52)
Kensington and Chelsea, 30.7, (48), 35.2, (55)
Swindon, 30.6, (68), 23.4, (52)
Blaby, 30.5, (31), 27.6, (28)
King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, 30.4, (46), 25.8, (39)
Wandsworth, 30.0, (99), 28.5, (94)
Bolsover, 29.8, (24), 14.9, (12)
Newcastle upon Tyne, 29.7, (90), 39.6, (120)
Reading, 29.7, (48), 22.9, (37)
South Holland, 29.5, (28), 46.3, (44)
Burnley, 29.2, (26), 31.5, (28)
Ipswich, 29.2, (40), 32.9, (45)
Harrow, 29.1, (73), 32.3, (81)
Barking and Dagenham, 28.7, (61), 24.9, (53)
Telford and Wrekin, 28.4, (51), 20.0, (36)
Hinckley and Bosworth, 28.3, (32), 20.3, (23)
Pendle, 28.2, (26), 22.8, (21)
Redbridge, 28.2, (86), 33.4, (102)
Gravesham, 28.1, (30), 10.3, (11)
Three Rivers, 27.9, (26), 24.6, (23)
Bury, 27.8, (53), 26.7, (51)
Middlesbrough, 27.7, (39), 31.2, (44)
Stockport, 27.6, (81), 24.5, (72)
Wellingborough, 27.6, (22), 60.2, (48)
Rutland, 27.6, (11), 17.5, (7)
Tameside, 27.4, (62), 35.3, (80)
Birmingham, 27.3, (312), 24.4, (279)
Darlington, 27.2, (29), 28.1, (30)
South Bucks, 27.1, (19), 38.5, (27)
Newark and Sherwood, 27.0, (33), 11.4, (14)
Stockton-on-Tees, 26.9, (53), 23.3, (46)
Newham, 26.3, (93), 36.2, (128)
Wokingham, 26.3, (45), 20.5, (35)
Guildford, 26.2, (39), 26.8, (40)
Great Yarmouth, 26.2, (26), 18.1, (18)
Waverley, 26.1, (33), 9.5, (12)
Thanet, 26.1, (37), 12.7, (18)
Nottingham, 25.8, (86), 32.1, (107)
North East Derbyshire, 25.6, (26), 35.5, (36)
East Suffolk, 25.3, (63), 18.0, (45)
West Lindsey, 25.1, (24), 22.0, (21)
Calderdale, 25.1, (53), 33.1, (70)
Chiltern, 25.0, (24), 5.2, (5)
Walsall, 24.9, (71), 33.6, (96)
Tamworth, 24.8, (19), 24.8, (19)
Merton, 24.7, (51), 25.7, (53)
Runnymede, 24.6, (22), 8.9, (8)
Sedgemoor, 24.4, (30), 17.9, (22)
County Durham, 24.3, (129), 20.6, (109)
Oxford, 24.3, (37), 32.8, (50)
Vale of White Horse, 24.3, (33), 19.9, (27)
Bristol, 24.2, (112), 22.9, (106)
Cherwell, 23.9, (36), 27.2, (41)
Scarborough, 23.9, (26), 20.2, (22)
Watford, 23.8, (23), 41.4, (40)
Wigan, 23.7, (78), 36.2, (119)
Wyre Forest, 23.7, (24), 9.9, (10)
Kingston upon Thames, 23.7, (42), 24.2, (43)
Aylesbury Vale, 23.6, (47), 26.1, (52)
West Suffolk, 23.5, (42), 12.3, (22)
Lincoln, 23.2, (23), 15.1, (15)
Barnet, 23.0, (91), 31.3, (124)
Derby, 22.9, (59), 22.5, (58)
Coventry, 22.9, (85), 27.2, (101)
Herefordshire, 22.8, (44), 13.0, (25)
South Cambridgeshire, 22.6, (36), 18.9, (30)
Camden, 22.6, (61), 15.9, (43)
Epsom and Ewell, 22.3, (18), 16.1, (13)
North Kesteven, 22.2, (26), 9.4, (11)
Mid Suffolk, 22.1, (23), 17.3, (18)
Wolverhampton, 22.0, (58), 27.3, (72)
North East Lincolnshire, 21.9, (35), 32.0, (51)
York, 21.8, (46), 14.2, (30)
Tendring, 21.8, (32), 16.4, (24)
Gloucester, 21.7, (28), 11.6, (15)
Hackney and City of London, 21.7, (63), 18.9, (55)
Hart, 21.6, (21), 15.5, (15)
Newcastle-under-Lyme, 21.6, (28), 28.6, (37)
Stevenage, 21.6, (19), 30.7, (27)
Warrington, 21.4, (45), 21.4, (45)
Bedford, 21.4, (37), 19.6, (34)
North Tyneside, 21.2, (44), 18.8, (39)
South Gloucestershire, 21.0, (60), 15.4, (44)
Test Valley, 20.6, (26), 19.8, (25)
Lancaster, 20.5, (30), 17.1, (25)
Solihull, 20.3, (44), 16.2, (35)
North West Leicestershire, 20.3, (21), 29.0, (30)
Tunbridge Wells, 20.2, (24), 16.0, (19)
Southwark, 20.1, (64), 14.7, (47)
Spelthorne, 20.0, (20), 13.0, (13)
Lambeth, 19.9, (65), 17.8, (58)
Dudley, 19.9, (64), 25.8, (83)
South Tyneside, 19.9, (30), 19.9, (30)
Woking, 19.8, (20), 28.8, (29)
Elmbridge, 19.7, (27), 10.2, (14)
Richmond upon Thames, 19.7, (39), 21.2, (42)
Milton Keynes, 19.7, (53), 28.6, (77)
Stafford, 19.7, (27), 8.7, (12)
Rossendale, 19.6, (14), 16.8, (12)
North Somerset, 19.5, (42), 18.6, (40)
Harlow, 19.5, (17), 11.5, (10)
Brentwood, 19.5, (15), 18.2, (14)
Croydon, 19.1, (74), 11.6, (45)
Huntingdonshire, 19.1, (34), 20.8, (37)
East Northamptonshire, 19.0, (18), 22.2, (21)
Sutton, 18.9, (39), 16.0, (33)
Havering, 18.9, (49), 13.9, (36)
Charnwood, 18.8, (35), 37.7, (70)
Eden, 18.8, (10), 7.5, (4)
Waltham Forest, 18.8, (52), 18.4, (51)
Worcester, 18.8, (19), 24.7, (25)
Redditch, 18.8, (16), 15.2, (13)
Sunderland, 18.7, (52), 14.8, (41)
South Derbyshire, 18.6, (20), 14.0, (15)
Enfield, 18.6, (62), 18.9, (63)
Ashford, 18.5, (24), 11.5, (15)
East Lindsey, 18.3, (26), 17.6, (25)
Mole Valley, 18.3, (16), 8.0, (7)
Lewisham, 18.3, (56), 10.8, (33)
Mid Devon, 18.2, (15), 17.0, (14)
Havant, 18.2, (23), 20.6, (26)
Tandridge, 18.2, (16), 5.7, (5)
Canterbury, 18.1, (30), 28.4, (47)
Greenwich, 18.1, (52), 16.7, (48)
East Hampshire, 18.0, (22), 10.6, (13)
Derbyshire Dales, 18.0, (13), 8.3, (6)
East Cambridgeshire, 17.8, (16), 15.6, (14)
Cotswold, 17.8, (16), 3.3, (3)
Thurrock, 17.8, (31), 9.2, (16)
Dartford, 17.8, (20), 19.5, (22)
Bexley, 17.7, (44), 18.1, (45)
Copeland, 17.6, (12), 10.3, (7)
Melton, 17.6, (9), 35.2, (18)
Oadby and Wigston, 17.5, (10), 29.8, (17)
East Staffordshire, 17.5, (21), 24.2, (29)
West Lancashire, 17.5, (20), 15.7, (18)
Horsham, 17.4, (25), 13.2, (19)
Sefton, 17.4, (48), 20.3, (56)
Mendip, 17.3, (20), 15.6, (18)
Ashfield, 17.2, (22), 15.6, (20)
Hertsmere, 17.2, (18), 20.0, (21)
South Ribble, 17.1, (19), 27.1, (30)
Basingstoke and Deane, 17.0, (30), 11.3, (20)
Cheshire East, 16.9, (65), 17.7, (68)
Brighton and Hove, 16.8, (49), 13.4, (39)
Gateshead, 16.8, (34), 17.3, (35)
Richmondshire, 16.8, (9), 16.8, (9)
Malvern Hills, 16.5, (13), 10.2, (8)
North Hertfordshire, 16.5, (22), 14.2, (19)
North Devon, 16.5, (16), 6.2, (6)
Lewes, 16.5, (17), 9.7, (10)
Staffordshire Moorlands, 16.3, (16), 25.4, (25)
Lichfield, 16.2, (17), 9.5, (10)
South Kesteven, 16.1, (23), 35.1, (50)
Cannock Chase, 15.9, (16), 6.9, (7)
Shropshire, 15.8, (51), 10.8, (35)
Erewash, 15.6, (18), 16.5, (19)
Welwyn Hatfield, 15.4, (19), 24.4, (30)
Medway, 15.4, (43), 12.6, (35)
Gosport, 15.3, (13), 9.4, (8)
North Warwickshire, 15.3, (10), 32.2, (21)
Warwick, 15.3, (22), 7.0, (10)
Broadland, 15.3, (20), 11.5, (15)
Gedling, 15.3, (18), 15.3, (18)
Haringey, 15.3, (41), 16.8, (45)
Mid Sussex, 15.2, (23), 16.6, (25)
South Lakeland, 15.2, (16), 26.6, (28)
West Berkshire, 15.1, (24), 9.5, (15)
Daventry, 15.1, (13), 44.2, (38)
South Staffordshire, 15.1, (17), 11.6, (13)
Central Bedfordshire, 14.9, (43), 20.8, (60)
Portsmouth, 14.9, (32), 14.9, (32)
Bracknell Forest, 14.7, (18), 23.7, (29)
Redcar and Cleveland, 14.6, (20), 24.1, (33)
Wirral, 14.5, (47), 11.1, (36)
West Oxfordshire, 14.5, (16), 15.4, (17)
Epping Forest, 14.4, (19), 12.1, (16)
Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole, 14.4, (57), 14.7, (58)
Castle Point, 14.4, (13), 15.5, (14)
Northumberland, 14.3, (46), 19.8, (64)
Wealden, 14.2, (23), 9.9, (16)
Crawley, 14.2, (16), 25.8, (29)
Eastleigh, 14.2, (19), 22.5, (30)
Wiltshire, 14.2, (71), 14.2, (71)
Plymouth, 14.1, (37), 7.2, (19)
Chichester, 14.0, (17), 15.7, (19)
Broxtowe, 14.0, (16), 11.4, (13)
High Peak, 14.0, (13), 28.1, (26)
Adur, 14.0, (9), 10.9, (7)
Maidstone, 14.0, (24), 11.6, (20)
Rochford, 13.7, (12), 10.3, (9)
Arun, 13.7, (22), 16.8, (27)
Tewkesbury, 13.7, (13), 6.3, (6)
Tonbridge and Malling, 13.6, (18), 11.4, (15)
Breckland, 13.6, (19), 15.0, (21)
Somerset West and Taunton, 13.5, (21), 10.3, (16)
Chelmsford, 13.5, (24), 14.0, (25)
Rushcliffe, 13.4, (16), 11.7, (14)
Cheshire West and Chester, 13.4, (46), 10.8, (37)
South Oxfordshire, 13.4, (19), 12.7, (18)
North Norfolk, 13.4, (14), 16.2, (17)
Chesterfield, 13.3, (14), 24.8, (26)
New Forest, 13.3, (24), 16.7, (30)
St Helens, 13.3, (24), 14.4, (26)
Sevenoaks, 13.3, (16), 14.9, (18)
Halton, 13.1, (17), 13.1, (17)
Fareham, 12.9, (15), 7.7, (9)
Norwich, 12.8, (18), 8.5, (12)
Dover, 12.7, (15), 5.9, (7)
Dorset, 12.7, (48), 11.9, (45)
Knowsley, 12.6, (19), 21.9, (33)
Bath and North East Somerset, 12.4, (24), 9.3, (18)
Surrey Heath, 12.3, (11), 9.0, (8)
East Devon, 12.3, (18), 4.1, (6)
Basildon, 12.3, (23), 14.4, (27)
Liverpool, 12.2, (61), 17.9, (89)
Blackpool, 12.2, (17), 15.1, (21)
Reigate and Banstead, 12.1, (18), 10.8, (16)
South Norfolk, 12.1, (17), 9.9, (14)
Uttlesford, 12.1, (11), 11.0, (10)
East Hertfordshire, 12.0, (18), 17.4, (26)
Bromsgrove, 12.0, (12), 8.0, (8)
Southend-on-Sea, 12.0, (22), 14.2, (26)
Winchester, 12.0, (15), 14.4, (18)
Swale, 12.0, (18), 14.0, (21)
Isle of Wight, 12.0, (17), 7.1, (10)
Harrogate, 11.8, (19), 26.1, (42)
Braintree, 11.8, (18), 7.9, (12)
Stroud, 11.7, (14), 12.5, (15)
Rushmoor, 11.6, (11), 15.9, (15)
South Hams, 11.5, (10), 4.6, (4)
Bromley, 11.4, (38), 7.8, (26)
Exeter, 11.4, (15), 12.2, (16)
Colchester, 11.3, (22), 14.4, (28)
South Somerset, 11.3, (19), 12.5, (21)
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, 11.2, (64), 10.8, (62)
Amber Valley, 10.9, (14), 5.5, (7)
Hambleton, 10.9, (10), 7.6, (7)
Babergh, 10.9, (10), 13.0, (12)
Worthing, 10.9, (12), 13.6, (15)
Stratford-on-Avon, 10.8, (14), 13.1, (17)
West Devon, 10.8, (6), 9.0, (5)
Islington, 10.7, (26), 17.3, (42)
South Northamptonshire, 10.6, (10), 27.5, (26)
Barrow-in-Furness, 10.4, (7), 16.4, (11)
Teignbridge, 10.4, (14), 12.7, (17)
Rother, 10.4, (10), 3.1, (3)
St Albans, 10.1, (15), 16.8, (25)
Ribble Valley, 9.9, (6), 14.8, (9)
Cheltenham, 9.5, (11), 14.6, (17)
Wychavon, 9.3, (12), 8.5, (11)
Forest of Dean, 9.2, (8), 4.6, (4)
Ryedale, 9.0, (5), 27.1, (15)
Wyre, 8.9, (10), 16.1, (18)
Torridge, 8.8, (6), 8.8, (6)
Fylde, 8.7, (7), 14.9, (12)
Allerdale, 8.2, (8), 16.4, (16)
Eastbourne, 6.7, (7), 13.5, (14)
Torbay, 6.6, (9), 7.3, (10)
Folkestone and Hythe, 6.2, (7), 4.4, (5)
Carlisle, 5.5, (6), 8.3, (9)
Hastings, 5.4, (5), 9.7, (9)
Broxbourne, 3.1, (3), 15.4, (15)
Maldon, 0.0, (0), 7.7, (5)



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