Wednesday, February 21

UK now in Covid third wave as 80% of towns and cities see cases rise


The UK is definitely experiencing a third wave of Covid infections with more than 80 per cent of towns and cities in England recording a weekly rise in cases.

In the past week the number of people testing positive has risen by a third, with 61,181 new infections confirmed after the Delta variant forced Boris Johnson to postpone Freedom Day until at least next month.

The number of infections passed 10,000 per day for the first time since February this week – sparking a race between the spread of the virus and the vaccine programme. Speaking this morning, Professor Adam Finn, who advises the Government on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), said a third wave of coronavirus infections is definitely under way.

Latest data shows that 258 of England’s 315 local authority areas have recorded a week-on-week rise in cases, with North Tyneside, Liverpool, County Durham, Cornwall and Hyndburn recording the sharpest increases.

The five areas with the biggest week-on-week rises are:

  • North Tyneside (up from 78.4 to 190.9)
  • Liverpool (68.9 to 159.6)
  • County Durham (39.6 to 128.8)
  • Cornwall and Isles of Scilly (12.2 to 99.5)
  • Hyndburn (368.9 to 455.3)

Blackburn with Darwen in Lancashire continues to have the highest rate, with 804 new cases in the seven days to June 14 – the equivalent of 537.1 cases per 100,000 people.

This is down from 667.4 in the seven days to June 7.

Hyndburn in Lancashire has the second highest rate, up from 368.9 to 455.3, with 369 new cases.

Ribble Valley, also in Lancashire, has the third highest, up from 386.0 to 418.8, with 255 new cases.

These figures show the number of cases in each area, with the worst-hit areas at the top.

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to June 14; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to June 14; rate of new cases in the seven days to June 7; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to June 7.

Blackburn with Darwen, 537.1, (804), 667.4, (999)

Hyndburn, 455.3, (369), 368.9, (299)

Ribble Valley, 418.8, (255), 386.0, (235)

Burnley, 392.5, (349), 341.9, (304)

Salford, 336.9, (872), 295.2, (764)

Manchester, 333.4, (1843), 270.1, (1493)

Rossendale, 330.2, (236), 369.3, (264)

Pendle, 320.3, (295), 249.7, (230)

Bury, 313.6, (599), 228.8, (437)

Preston, 307.4, (440), 242.4, (347)

South Ribble, 289.7, (321), 327.7, (363)

Bolton, 273.7, (787), 314.4, (904)

Wigan, 261.4, (859), 201.7, (663)

Chorley, 241.1, (285), 208.9, (247)

Blackpool, 238.8, (333), 158.5, (221)

Rochdale, 221.2, (492), 185.7, (413)

Trafford, 218.7, (519), 178.6, (424)

Stockport, 205.2, (602), 234.5, (688)

North Tyneside, 190.9, (397), 78.4, (163)

Oldham, 181.4, (430), 137.5, (326)

Tameside, 178.8, (405), 133.3, (302)

Leeds, 178.7, (1417), 100.1, (794)

Newcastle upon Tyne, 168.4, (510), 85.9, (260)

Warrington, 165.7, (348), 97.1, (204)

Liverpool, 159.6, (795), 68.9, (343)

Fylde, 153.5, (124), 106.5, (86)

Sefton, 151.2, (418), 69.5, (192)

Bedford, 134.5, (233), 162.2, (281)

Calderdale, 132.9, (281), 94.1, (199)

Bradford, 132.1, (713), 119.3, (644)

Northumberland, 129.6, (418), 64.5, (208)

West Lancashire, 129.5, (148), 54.2, (62)

County Durham, 128.8, (683), 39.6, (210)

Cheshire West and Chester, 125.3, (430), 114.0, (391)

Reading, 122.4, (198), 86.5, (140)

Lambeth, 122.4, (399), 102.8, (335)

Bristol, 122.4, (567), 56.3, (261)

Wandsworth, 119.2, (393), 93.7, (309)

Leicester, 118.3, (419), 121.4, (430)

North East Lincolnshire, 116.6, (186), 55.8, (89)

Hammersmith and Fulham, 116.1, (215), 75.6, (140)

Rushcliffe, 114.9, (137), 52.0, (62)

Cheshire East, 114.3, (439), 131.2, (504)

Eden, 110.8, (59), 41.3, (22)

Tower Hamlets, 110.5, (359), 77.0, (250)

Kirklees, 108.7, (478), 114.6, (504)

Nuneaton and Bedworth, 108.6, (141), 67.0, (87)

Birmingham, 108.2, (1235), 75.6, (863)

Cheltenham, 104.0, (121), 61.0, (71)

Knowsley, 103.4, (156), 50.4, (76)

Craven, 103.3, (59), 36.8, (21)

Wirral, 103.1, (334), 58.9, (191)

Luton, 102.3, (218), 108.4, (231)

Halton, 102.0, (132), 47.9, (62)

Wyre, 101.7, (114), 76.7, (86)

Southwark, 101.6, (324), 83.4, (266)

Islington, 100.2, (243), 61.9, (150)

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, 99.5, (569), 12.2, (70)

Brighton and Hove, 99.4, (289), 36.8, (107)

Kensington and Chelsea, 98.6, (154), 78.1, (122)

Camden, 97.0, (262), 63.3, (171)

Merton, 95.9, (198), 63.4, (131)

Westminster, 95.3, (249), 77.7, (203)

Southampton, 93.9, (237), 14.7, (37)

High Peak, 91.7, (85), 69.1, (64)

Newcastle-under-Lyme, 91.2, (118), 25.5, (33)

Ealing, 91.0, (311), 62.9, (215)

Gloucester, 89.1, (115), 79.0, (102)

South Tyneside, 88.1, (133), 63.6, (96)

Barrow-in-Furness, 88.0, (59), 20.9, (14)

Nottingham, 87.7, (292), 63.1, (210)

Tewkesbury, 87.4, (83), 58.9, (56)

Surrey Heath, 87.3, (78), 51.5, (46)

Hounslow, 85.4, (232), 52.7, (143)

Bath and North East Somerset, 83.3, (161), 23.8, (46)

Gateshead, 81.2, (164), 61.4, (124)

Brent, 79.8, (263), 58.8, (194)

Solihull, 79.0, (171), 46.2, (100)

Wakefield, 79.0, (275), 79.2, (276)

Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole, 78.9, (312), 29.3, (116)

York, 78.8, (166), 39.4, (83)

Hackney and City of London, 78.4, (228), 69.8, (203)

Woking, 78.4, (79), 72.4, (73)

Harborough, 77.8, (73), 36.2, (34)

Kingston upon Thames, 76.1, (135), 61.4, (109)

Waltham Forest, 75.8, (210), 58.1, (161)

Lancaster, 74.6, (109), 68.5, (100)

South Bucks, 74.2, (52), 50.0, (35)

Sunderland, 74.2, (206), 49.3, (137)

Stoke-on-Trent, 73.3, (188), 29.6, (76)

South Gloucestershire, 73.0, (208), 33.0, (94)

Charnwood, 72.1, (134), 77.5, (144)

St Helens, 72.0, (130), 49.8, (90)

Selby, 71.7, (65), 72.8, (66)

Haringey, 71.5, (192), 61.8, (166)

Watford, 71.4, (69), 53.8, (52)

South Lakeland, 71.4, (75), 15.2, (16)

Lewisham, 71.3, (218), 50.4, (154)

Blaby, 70.9, (72), 65.0, (66)

Slough, 70.9, (106), 85.6, (128)

Barnsley, 70.5, (174), 59.5, (147)

Hartlepool, 70.5, (66), 16.0, (15)

Bracknell Forest, 70.2, (86), 102.0, (125)

Oadby and Wigston, 70.2, (40), 68.4, (39)

Staffordshire Moorlands, 69.1, (68), 111.7, (110)

Wokingham, 69.0, (118), 96.4, (165)

Hinckley and Bosworth, 68.1, (77), 45.1, (51)

Exeter, 67.0, (88), 25.1, (33)

Broxtowe, 66.6, (76), 26.3, (30)

Central Bedfordshire, 66.5, (192), 66.5, (192)

Northampton, 65.4, (147), 43.6, (98)

Richmond upon Thames, 65.1, (129), 43.9, (87)

Telford and Wrekin, 64.5, (116), 49.5, (89)

Rushmoor, 64.5, (61), 48.6, (46)

Elmbridge, 64.3, (88), 64.3, (88)

Oxford, 64.3, (98), 66.9, (102)

Harrogate, 64.0, (103), 41.0, (66)

Darlington, 63.7, (68), 11.2, (12)

Gedling, 63.6, (75), 39.9, (47)

Croydon, 63.6, (246), 67.5, (261)

Reigate and Banstead, 63.2, (94), 100.8, (150)

Runnymede, 62.6, (56), 30.2, (27)

Three Rivers, 62.1, (58), 57.9, (54)

Bromsgrove, 62.1, (62), 30.0, (30)

Chichester, 61.9, (75), 16.5, (20)

Epsom and Ewell, 60.8, (49), 65.7, (53)

Milton Keynes, 60.5, (163), 59.4, (160)

Test Valley, 60.2, (76), 29.3, (37)

North Somerset, 60.0, (129), 25.1, (54)

East Hertfordshire, 59.4, (89), 38.7, (58)

Greenwich, 58.0, (167), 49.7, (143)

Gravesham, 57.0, (61), 41.1, (44)

Middlesbrough, 56.7, (80), 31.2, (44)

Hillingdon, 56.7, (174), 63.5, (195)

Basingstoke and Deane, 56.1, (99), 27.7, (49)

Colchester, 56.0, (109), 20.5, (40)

Newham, 55.8, (197), 41.9, (148)

Coventry, 54.9, (204), 38.2, (142)

Welwyn Hatfield, 54.5, (67), 38.2, (47)

Hertsmere, 54.3, (57), 22.9, (24)

Sutton, 54.3, (112), 44.1, (91)

Cannock Chase, 53.6, (54), 18.9, (19)

Hart, 53.6, (52), 47.4, (46)

Bromley, 53.3, (177), 49.3, (164)

Doncaster, 53.2, (166), 38.8, (121)

Wycombe, 52.1, (91), 55.0, (96)

Lichfield, 50.6, (53), 22.0, (23)

Mid Sussex, 50.3, (76), 54.3, (82)

Mole Valley, 49.3, (43), 39.0, (34)

Swindon, 48.6, (108), 23.4, (52)

Erewash, 48.5, (56), 22.5, (26)

Barnet, 48.5, (192), 33.1, (131)

Ashfield, 48.5, (62), 21.9, (28)

Sandwell, 47.5, (156), 43.5, (143)

Sheffield, 47.4, (277), 34.4, (201)

Forest of Dean, 47.2, (41), 27.7, (24)

Crawley, 47.1, (53), 32.9, (37)

Maidstone, 47.1, (81), 19.2, (33)

Stockton-on-Tees, 47.1, (93), 23.3, (46)

Guildford, 47.0, (70), 34.9, (52)

Sevenoaks, 46.4, (56), 36.4, (44)

Dartford, 46.2, (52), 48.8, (55)

Enfield, 45.8, (153), 29.4, (98)

Boston, 45.6, (32), 21.4, (15)

West Berkshire, 45.4, (72), 25.9, (41)

Tonbridge and Malling, 45.4, (60), 18.9, (25)

Spelthorne, 45.1, (45), 85.1, (85)

Melton, 44.9, (23), 35.2, (18)

Tandridge, 44.3, (39), 38.6, (34)

Copeland, 44.0, (30), 23.5, (16)

Redbridge, 43.9, (134), 34.7, (106)

Cotswold, 43.4, (39), 24.5, (22)

South Northamptonshire, 43.4, (41), 54.0, (51)

Stroud, 43.3, (52), 25.8, (31)

Epping Forest, 43.3, (57), 23.5, (31)

Daventry, 43.0, (37), 48.9, (42)

South Oxfordshire, 42.9, (61), 66.2, (94)

Portsmouth, 42.8, (92), 27.0, (58)

Richmondshire, 42.8, (23), 26.1, (14)

South Staffordshire, 42.7, (48), 25.8, (29)

Harrow, 42.6, (107), 32.3, (81)

Dudley, 42.6, (137), 33.9, (109)

Redcar and Cleveland, 42.3, (58), 17.5, (24)

Stratford-on-Avon, 42.3, (55), 22.3, (29)

Wolverhampton, 41.8, (110), 40.6, (107)

Southend-on-Sea, 41.5, (76), 32.2, (59)

Harlow, 41.3, (36), 12.6, (11)

Medway, 41.3, (115), 41.3, (115)

Aylesbury Vale, 41.1, (82), 48.6, (97)

Warwick, 41.0, (59), 22.3, (32)

West Lindsey, 40.8, (39), 23.0, (22)

Waverley, 40.4, (51), 9.5, (12)

Rotherham, 40.3, (107), 26.4, (70)

Walsall, 40.3, (115), 56.4, (161)

Bexley, 40.3, (100), 27.4, (68)

Chiltern, 39.6, (38), 37.5, (36)

North West Leicestershire, 39.6, (41), 20.3, (21)

Windsor and Maidenhead, 39.0, (59), 23.1, (35)

North Hertfordshire, 38.9, (52), 30.7, (41)

West Oxfordshire, 38.9, (43), 42.5, (47)

South Kesteven, 38.6, (55), 17.6, (25)

Rugby, 38.6, (42), 45.9, (50)

Cherwell, 38.5, (58), 39.2, (59)

South Cambridgeshire, 38.3, (61), 19.5, (31)

Fenland, 38.3, (39), 20.6, (21)

Ryedale, 37.9, (21), 12.6, (7)

Allerdale, 37.8, (37), 26.6, (26)

Wiltshire, 37.4, (187), 22.0, (110)

Plymouth, 37.4, (98), 25.2, (66)

Havering, 37.4, (97), 27.7, (72)

Uttlesford, 37.2, (34), 20.8, (19)

St Albans, 37.0, (55), 29.0, (43)

East Northamptonshire, 37.0, (35), 33.9, (32)

Vale of White Horse, 36.8, (50), 49.3, (67)

Dacorum, 36.2, (56), 36.2, (56)

Thurrock, 36.1, (63), 20.6, (36)

Gosport, 35.4, (30), 18.9, (16)

East Lindsey, 35.3, (50), 21.9, (31)

East Riding of Yorkshire, 35.2, (120), 24.9, (85)

Newark and Sherwood, 35.1, (43), 35.9, (44)

Derbyshire Dales, 34.6, (25), 31.8, (23)

East Hampshire, 34.3, (42), 27.8, (34)

Barking and Dagenham, 34.3, (73), 27.7, (59)

Brentwood, 33.8, (26), 23.4, (18)

Worthing, 33.5, (37), 28.9, (32)

Carlisle, 33.1, (36), 14.7, (16)

Broxbourne, 32.9, (32), 21.6, (21)

Cambridge, 32.9, (41), 25.6, (32)

Dorset, 32.8, (124), 15.9, (60)

Wellingborough, 32.6, (26), 33.9, (27)

Herefordshire, 31.6, (61), 33.7, (65)

Hull, 31.6, (82), 33.9, (88)

Peterborough, 31.1, (63), 24.7, (50)

Arun, 31.1, (50), 15.6, (25)

Torridge, 30.8, (21), 4.4, (3)

North Warwickshire, 30.6, (20), 33.7, (22)

Hambleton, 30.6, (28), 34.9, (32)

Teignbridge, 30.6, (41), 10.4, (14)

Tunbridge Wells, 29.5, (35), 21.9, (26)

Lincoln, 29.2, (29), 16.1, (16)

Stafford, 29.1, (40), 13.1, (18)

South Derbyshire, 28.9, (31), 24.2, (26)

New Forest, 28.9, (52), 12.8, (23)

North East Derbyshire, 28.6, (29), 27.6, (28)

Bolsover, 28.5, (23), 7.4, (6)

Adur, 28.0, (18), 14.0, (9)

Shropshire, 27.9, (90), 17.3, (56)

Havant, 27.7, (35), 14.3, (18)

Worcester, 27.7, (28), 17.8, (18)

Stevenage, 27.3, (24), 20.5, (18)

Winchester, 27.2, (34), 19.2, (24)

Babergh, 27.2, (25), 6.5, (6)

Huntingdonshire, 27.0, (48), 22.5, (40)

North Devon, 26.8, (26), 10.3, (10)

Canterbury, 26.6, (44), 45.3, (75)

Eastleigh, 26.2, (35), 18.0, (24)

Tamworth, 26.1, (20), 40.4, (31)

Mansfield, 25.6, (28), 7.3, (8)

Mid Devon, 25.5, (21), 18.2, (15)

Castle Point, 25.4, (23), 19.9, (18)

Lewes, 25.2, (26), 14.5, (15)

Somerset West and Taunton, 25.1, (39), 10.3, (16)

Rutland, 25.0, (10), 10.0, (4)

Horsham, 25.0, (36), 35.5, (51)

Corby, 24.9, (18), 27.7, (20)

Hastings, 24.8, (23), 7.6, (7)

Chesterfield, 24.8, (26), 10.5, (11)

Maldon, 24.6, (16), 40.0, (26)

Ashford, 24.6, (32), 16.1, (21)

East Staffordshire, 24.2, (29), 18.4, (22)

Wychavon, 24.0, (31), 5.4, (7)

North Kesteven, 23.9, (28), 17.1, (20)

Bassetlaw, 23.8, (28), 18.7, (22)

Braintree, 23.6, (36), 15.1, (23)

Kettering, 23.6, (24), 13.8, (14)

West Devon, 23.3, (13), 10.8, (6)

Chelmsford, 23.0, (41), 18.5, (33)

Sedgemoor, 22.7, (28), 20.3, (25)

Broadland, 22.2, (29), 16.1, (21)

Dover, 22.0, (26), 17.8, (21)

South Hams, 21.8, (19), 11.5, (10)

Rochford, 21.7, (19), 14.9, (13)

Wealden, 21.7, (35), 9.9, (16)

South Somerset, 21.4, (36), 7.1, (12)

Tendring, 21.2, (31), 13.0, (19)

East Cambridgeshire, 21.1, (19), 15.6, (14)

Norwich, 20.6, (29), 14.9, (21)

Scarborough, 20.2, (22), 12.9, (14)

Swale, 20.0, (30), 8.7, (13)

Redditch, 19.9, (17), 54.0, (46)

South Norfolk, 19.9, (28), 14.9, (21)

Derby, 19.8, (51), 16.7, (43)

Rother, 19.8, (19), 9.4, (9)

Mid Suffolk, 19.3, (20), 13.5, (14)

Amber Valley, 18.7, (24), 10.1, (13)

Breckland, 18.6, (26), 19.3, (27)

East Devon, 18.5, (27), 8.2, (12)

West Suffolk, 18.4, (33), 11.7, (21)

Torbay, 18.3, (25), 8.8, (12)

Basildon, 18.2, (34), 11.8, (22)

South Holland, 17.9, (17), 30.5, (29)

North Lincolnshire, 17.4, (30), 26.1, (45)

Isle of Wight, 16.9, (24), 7.1, (10)

Malvern Hills, 16.5, (13), 6.4, (5)

King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, 16.5, (25), 11.2, (17)

Thanet, 16.2, (23), 9.9, (14)

Mendip, 15.6, (18), 4.3, (5)

Eastbourne, 15.4, (16), 7.7, (8)

Folkestone and Hythe, 15.0, (17), 20.4, (23)

East Suffolk, 14.0, (35), 12.0, (30)

Fareham, 13.8, (16), 12.0, (14)

Wyre Forest, 12.8, (13), 24.7, (25)

Ipswich, 10.2, (14), 7.3, (10)

North Norfolk, 8.6, (9), 9.5, (10)

Great Yarmouth, 8.1, (8), 7.0, (7)

University of Bristol academic Prof Finn told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: It’s going up, perhaps we can be a little bit optimistic it’s not going up any faster, but nevertheless it’s going up, so this third wave is definitely under way. We can conclude that the race is firmly on between the vaccine programme, particularly getting older people’s second doses done, and the Delta variant third wave.

Prof Finn said the JCVI is still working to decide whether children should be vaccinated but said that effort would not be the immediate priority if it was approved. Even if some decision were made to immunise children it wouldn’t be appropriate right now, either here or anywhere else in Europe, to give our doses predominantly to children because it’s adults that get sick, so vaccinating adults is clearly the priority right now, he said.

Last night the Department of Health said 42,460,632 people have had a first jab and 30,898,467 – 58.7 per cent of the adult population – have had both doses.