New Covid hotspot emerges as Indian and South African variants found – check rates in YOUR area
A NEW coronavirus hotspot has emerged in the North West of England as both the Indian and South African variants have been detected.
The interactive map shows infection rates in your local area as data from Public Health England (PHE) revealed that three areas with a rapid rise in cases are in the North West.
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Hyndburn in Lancashire continues to have the highest rate, with 98 new cases in the seven days to May 2 – the equivalent of 120.9 cases per 100,000 people.
This is up from 71.6 in the seven days to April 25.
Bolton in Greater Manchester has the second highest rate, up from 48.0 to 85.2, with 245 new cases.
In Bolton health officials have now urged the government to deploy surge testing to certain areas where a significant increase in cases has been witnessed.
Council officials had previously stated that both the South African variant and Indian variant had been detected in the Greater Manchester town.
Experts in Bolton are expected to hold a meeting today and surge testing could begin in some parts of the town as soon as tomorrow.
Data shows that there are around 13 cases of the Indian variant in Bolton.
The plea for surge testing in Bolton comes as it was today revealed that 48 clusters of the Indian variant have now been detected across the UK.
Bolton currently has the highest rate of infections in the country and is also one areas where cases have risen rapidly in the last week.
Of the 315 local areas in England, 93 (30 per cent) have seen a rise in rates, 209 (66 per cent) have seen a fall and 13 are unchanged.
After Hyndburn and Bolton, Erewash in Derbyshire is the third area that has also seen a rapid rise in infections in the week up to April 25.
It recorded 75 new cases, up from 11.3 to 65.0 per 100,000.
Another area that has experienced a large increase in cases is Blackburn with Darwen where cases have risen from 36.7 to 54.1.
In Sevenoaks cases have also jumped from 7.5 to 23.2.
Cases are falling in the majority of areas in England and it was yesterday revealed that cases are now at the lowest level they have been since the pandemic.
Data from King's College London shows that around 971 people are catching symptomatic disease every day.
It’s lower than in the summer of last year before the second wave began.
For comparison, daily coronavirus cases reached a record low of 1,300 in August.
Meanwhile, around 757 people are getting symptomatic Covid each day in England compared to 1,071 at the end of August.
And in London the figure is a record low of 101 – more than 100 times lower than in mid-January when it was almost 11,000.
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