The 10 areas of the UK with the highest COVID infection rates

Emily Cleary
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The ten UK areas with the highest COVID-19 infection rates (Yahoo News UK/Getty)
The 10 areas with the highest COVID-19 infection rates in the UK. (Yahoo News UK/Getty)

These are the UK’s 10 coronavirus hotspots, according to new government figures.

Downing Street’s latest rolling case rate figures, for the seven days up to 14 February – the latest date for which accurate data is available – show the number of COVID-19 infections per 100,000 people.

The top 10 areas are:

1. Corby 317.1

2. East Ayrshire 303.3

3. Middlesbrough 290.1

4. Sandwell 271.6

5. Ashfield 269.7

6. St. Helens 263

7. Peterborough 261.1

8. Leicester 252.1

9. Knowsley 249.9

10. Mansfield 245.2

One area - the Shetland Islands - had no new cases in the period covered.

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On Friday the latest data revealed that the number of COVID-19 infections in the UK had dropped to less than half the level recorded at start of the year when all four nations were in full lockdown, new data shows.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), an estimated 552,900 people had coronavirus in the week ending 12 February.

In the first week of January, an estimated 1,256,600 people had COVID-19 in the UK.

The ONS infection survey estimated that about one in every 115 people in England had COVID-19 between 6 and 12 February, down from around one in 80 the previous week. It is the lowest figure since the week ending 5 December, when the estimate also stood at one in 115 people.

Watch: Coronavirus in numbers

On Monday, Boris Johnson will set out his 'roadmap' for lifting restrictions in England.

The PM has said that reopening schools will be a priority, but that the earliest date for any pupils to return will be 8 March.

Johnson has signalled he plans to take a cautious approach when it comes to other measures including lifting travel restrictions and the gradual reopening of retail and hospitality. He has said that all decisions will be based on the very latest data, and scientific advice.

Click here to find out what data is likely to be examined.

On Friday, Wales’s lockdown rules were extended for another three weeks, but with schools opening for the youngest pupils from Monday.

First minister Mark Drakeford said stay-at-home restrictions could be eased in March, due to falling numbers of cases and reduced pressures on hospitals.

From Saturday, minor changes to rules will include allowing up to four people from two households being allowed to exercise together outdoors, but only if they live in the same area and begin their exercise “from their own front doors”.

On Thursday, Northern Ireland’s lockdown was extended to April, but with some primary school pupils will returning to class on 8 March.

The Stormont Executive decided to keep the majority of the current restrictions in place until 1 April.

In Scotland, some pupils are to return to schools from next Monday, but other lockdown restrictions are to remain until at least the beginning of March and possibly longer, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Watch: What you can and can't do during UK's third lockdown