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Coronavirus infection rate surges in three new areas

Coronavirus infection rates have surged in three new areas ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend.

The town of Kettering is up from 16.7 to 38.3, with 39 new cases, while Redditch has seen an increase from 4.7 to 36.4 with 31 new cases.

Meanwhile, there are 87 new cases in Hackney and City of London, with the infection rate rising from 12.0 to 29.9.

However, the new figures released on Friday show the Lancashire borough of Pendle is still the worst-hit area.

Pendle has recorded 52 new cases – meaning it has a rate of 56.5 per 100,000 people.

This is the highest rate in England, but is still down from 68.4 in the seven days to August 17.

The rate in Blackburn with Darwen is also down to 54.1 from 58.8, with 81 new cases.

Oldham has the third highest rate in the UK, decreasing from 75.1 to 54.0, with 128 new cases.

Infection rates in the top 30 UK areas

The list has been calculated by the PA news agency and is based on Public Health England data published on August 28 on the government’s coronavirus online dashboard.

  • Pendle 56.5 (52), 68.4 (63)
  • Blackburn with Darwen 54.1 (81), 58.8 (88)
  • Oldham 54.0 (128), 75.1 (178)
  • Bradford 43.0 (232), 46.7 (252)
  • Manchester 42.0 (232), 46.3 (256)
  • Corby 40.2 (29), 16.6 (12)
  • Kettering 38.3 (39), 16.7 (17)
  • Northampton 37.0 (83), 40.5 (91)
  • Redditch 36.4 (31), 4.7 (4)
  • Burnley 34.9 (31), 23.6 (21)
  • Rochdale 33.7 (75), 43.2 (96)
  • Oadby and Wigston 33.3 (19), 21.0 (12)
  • Swindon 30.6 (68), 48.6 (108)
  • Leicester 29.9 (106), 55.0 (195)
  • Hackney and City of London 29.9 (87), 12.0 (35)
  • Bury 29.8 (57), 31.4 (60)
  • Preston 29.3 (42), 23.8 (34)
  • Calderdale 28.8 (61), 33.6 (71)
  • Oxford 28.2 (43), 17.7 (27)
  • Middlesbrough 27.0 (38), 10.6 (15)
  • Salford 26.3 (68), 33.2 (86)
  • Great Yarmouth 26.2 (26), 1.0 (1)
  • Tameside 26.0 (59), 27.8 (63)
  • Hyndburn 25.9 (21), 24.7 (20)
  • Leeds 25.6 (203), 17.7 (140)
  • Trafford 25.3 (60), 19.8 (47)
  • Sandwell 25.3 (83), 21.0 (69)
  • Birmingham 25.2 (288), 26.2 (299)
  • Kirklees 25.0 (110), 34.6 (152)
  • Windsor and Maidenhead 22.5 (34), 11.9 (18)

It comes as lockdown rules are set to be lifted in parts of Greater Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire.

Restrictions on socialising introduced last month will be lifted in Bolton, Stockport, Trafford, Burnley and Hyndburn.

Some parts of Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees will also fall in line with the rest of England on September 2.

However, a ban on two households mixing indoors will remain in place in the city of Manchester, Salford, Rochdale, Bury and Tameside.

A government statement said: ‘In Pendle and Blackburn residents will continue to be advised to avoid mixing with anyone from another household anywhere.

‘Some businesses and organisations remain closed in Blackburn and Darwen.

‘Pendle had the highest number of cases per 100,000 anywhere in England during the week ending 20 August, reaching 67.8.

‘The ban on two households mixing indoors will continue in Preston.

‘On top of the indoor gatherings restrictions, some leisure sector businesses will continue to remain closed. The next review of these measures will take place by 11 September.’

The new figures emerge as a further nine people die with coronavirus, bringing the total to 41,436.

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