Covid cases rise in 80% of areas in England as top five hotspots revealed

Five areas are emerging as new coronavirus hotspots in England as case rates rise in 80% of areas.

Public Health England (PHE) data for the week leading up to June 4 shows 251 local areas out of 315 have seen an increase in case rates.

Some 59 areas – which is 19% – have seen a fall and five remain unchanged.

Blackburn with Darwen, in Lancashire, continues to have the highest rate of Covid-19, with 833 new cases, which equates to 557 cases per 100,000 people. This has increased from 437 the previous week.

Bolton, in Greater Manchester, has the second highest rate with 921 new cases – but this is down from 381 to 320.

Rossendale in Lancashire has the third highest rate, down slightly from 316 to 311, with 222 new cases.

But the five areas which are emerging as coronavirus hotspots – with the biggest week-on-week rises – are Burnley, South Ribble, Blackburn, Stockport and Salford.

It comes as millions of people across England have been encouraged to minimise travel and meet outdoors rather than indoors where possible amid fears around the spread of the Indian (Delta) variant.

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