Covid map reveals top five hotspots as 85% of areas in England see rise in cases

Covid cases are now surging in 85% of places in England (Picture:

Covid cases are now surging in 85% of places in England as the Delta variant threatens to fuel a third wave of the virus.

Blackburn with Darwen in Lancashire continues to have the highest infection rate, with 796 new cases in the last recorded week.

Neighbouring Hyndburn has the second highest, with the equivalent of 480 cases per 100,000 people.

Newcastle and County Durham have the fastest growing infection rates as cases steadily increase across the country.

Just 18% of 315 areas in England have seen a drop in cases, while six remained the same.

National figures from Monday painted a gloomy picture of what is to come, with daily cases rising by 37% in a week, and hospitalisations up even more.

The UK recorded 10,633 new daily infections yesterday – up from 7,742 seven days before.

Five areas with biggest week-on-week rise in cases

Newcastle upon Tyne (up from 116.6 per 100,000 people to 236.4)

County Durham (66.6 to 182.6)

Harborough (37.3 to 142.8)

Blackpool (180.7 to 284.0)

North Tyneside (123.1 to 224.1)

METRO GRAPHIC covid hotspots 22.06 (Picture:

Cases are rising in 85% of areas in England (Picture:

Some five deaths were also reported – up from three the previous Monday.

What will concern ministers the most, however, is the rise in patients admitted to hospital with Covid, which has grown 40% week-on-week.

The alarming surge comes as Boris Johnson said the new ‘freedom day’ on July 19 was ‘looking good’, but he was more cautious when asked if he would rule out further lockdowns this winter.

‘You can never exclude that there will be some new disease, some new horror that we simply haven’t budgeted for, or accounted for,’ the Prime Minister said.

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Cases have risen in recent amid a surging Delta variant (Picture:

‘I think what the scientists are saying is that things like flu will come back this winter, we may have a rough winter for all sorts of reasons, and obviously there are big pressures on the NHS.

‘All the more reason to reduce the number of Covid cases now, give the NHS the breathing space it needs to get on with dealing with all those other pressures, and we are certainly going to be putting in the investment to make sure that they can.’

Matt Hancock also said the data is ‘looking encouraging’ for July 19.

The Health Secretary told the BBC: ‘I hope that we can take the steps on July 19, that are pencilled in for then, because the data is looking encouraging.’

It comes after Public Health England’s Covid director Dr Susan Hopkins warned of a possible rise in cases at the end of the year, adding further lockdowns may be required if hospitals ‘start to become overwhelmed’.

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