Friday, 16 October 2020

Almost a third of England's councils saw a DROP in coronavirus infection rates last week


Almost a third of England's councils saw a drop in coronavirus infections last week amid calls for a second circuit-breaker lockdown and tightening restrictions across the country.

As many as 41 out of 149 councils recorded a fall in their Covid-19 infection rates in the week ending October 11, according to Public Health England's weekly surveillance report. For comparison, only two saw a dip the week before. 

And only eight registered a surge in cases of more than 50 per cent - 13 times fewer than the week before, when 109 local authorities saw major spikes, suggesting the second wave may be slowing down.

The biggest dip was recorded in the city of Manchester - which the Government is threatening with a tier three lockdown - with a 22 per cent fall in infections from 557.8 to 433.8 cases per 100,000 people.

Southend-on-sea saw the second largest fall, with a 20.5 per cent dip from 42.6 to 33.9 cases per 100,000 people. Slough, outside London, came third with a 19 per cent drop in infections from 86.9 to 70.2 per 100,000. 

But many areas still recorded rises in infections - although none saw rates double compared to the 52 areas that recorded this surge last week.

Dorset recorded the biggest spike in infections as its case rate jumped 89 per cent from 25.1 to 47.6 per 100,000. It was followed by Barnsley where cases jumped 66.6 per cent from 149.1 to 248.3 per 100,000, and Sutton where cases leapt 61.9 per cent from 36.8 to 59.6 per 100,000. 

In England the number of infections rose 37 per cent in the week ending October 9 to 162 per 100,000, in a sure sign that the brakes have been applied to the second wave. The previous week infections surged 71 per cent to 118 per 100,000.


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