The figures show the number of infections per 100,000 people in each area during the seven days leading up to February 4. Rutland, in the East Midlands, currently has the highest rate in England.
The area also saw the biggest increase in infections in the seven days to February 4, and now has 498.4 cases per 100,000 – a huge jump from its previous rate of 162.8.
Covid rates also increased in Mid Devon (going from 111.8 to 140.9), North Tyneside (from 190 to 216.4), Ryedale (84.9 to 108.3), and Sunderland (301.8 to 320.1) over the same seven-day period.
North East Lincolnshire also jumped from 92.1 infections per 100,000 people to 109, while Hinckley and Bosworth, in Leicestershire, increased from 212.1 to 215.7.
Covid rates have also increased in Bolton, Rushcliffe, East Lindsey and North Lincolnshire.
1. Rutland (from 162.8 to 498.4)
2. Mid Devon (111.8 to 140.9)
3. North Tyneside (190.0 to 216.4)
4. Ryedale (84.9 to 108.3)
5. Sunderland (301.8 to 320.1)
6. North East Lincolnshire (92.1 to 109.0)
7. Hinckley & Bosworth (212.1 to 215.7)
8. Bolton (275.1 to 277.9)
9. Rushcliffe (193.8 to 196.3)
10. East Lindsey (132.6 to 134.8)
11. North Lincolnshire (122.5 to 124.2)
Corby, in Northamptonshire, still has the second highest rate in England, but it is now decreasing, after rising to 501.3 at the end of January. There are now 441.7 infections per 100,000 people in the area as of the week ending February 4.
Walsall, in the West Midlands, is in third place, with its Covid rate decreasing from 483.4 to 440.7, after 1,258 new cases were recorded.
Kettering, in Northamptonshire, and Lichfield, in Staffordshire, had also both previously seen cases rise in January, but their infections are now decreasing.
According to the latest PHE data, Kettering now has 319.3 cases per 100,000 people, down from 360.6, while Lichfield has 247.2, down from 322.3.
Today there were a further 14,104 confirmed cases recorded across the UK in total, the Department for Health confirmed. A further 333 people also died within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test.
Scientists have previously warned that the number of daily new infections needs to fall below 1,000 before lockdown restrictions are completely lifted.
Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, warned that the UK remains at a ‘dangerously high altitude’, with the health service still under great pressure. He revealed that he was writing to Boris Johnson to advise him not to lift restrictions yet.
He said: ‘We have crested the peak but we’re only just beginning the descent. We’re still at a dangerously high altitude where the NHS is under great pressure and the thing we know is the descent is going to be much slower because people are taking longer to recover. It’s going to take months, not days and weeks.’
Meanwhile, take-up of the coronavirus vaccines has been higher than expected, with over 12 million people now having received a first dose. Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed today that 91% of over-80s had received the jab.
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