The latest case rates have been released for every local authority in England, and show that in most areas, Covid-19 cases are on the up again.

Nationally, 187 out of the 315 local areas in England (59 per cent) have seen a rise in cases, and 126 (40 per cent) a fall.

Two areas were unchanged.

These figures are accurate for the seven days to August 6 – with most recent days excluded for accuracy.

They are compared with a week prior – the seven days to July 30.

The figures are based on the number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in either a lab-reported or rapid lateral flow test, by specimen date.

The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.

Although most English areas have seen a rise, Lewisham is the only south east borough to have followed the increasing trend.


Lewisham’s case rate has risen from 279.2 (854 cases) in the seven days to July 30, to 310.3 (949 cases) in the seven days to August 6.


At the other end of the scale, Bexley has seen the biggest drop in case rates – with the borough recording a new rate of 243.3 (604 cases) compared with a rate of 276.7 (687 cases) the week before.


In Bromley, rates have dropped from 254.9 (847 cases) to 243.1 (808 cases).


Southwark’s rate has dropped only slightly from 301.4 (961 cases) to 300.5 (958 cases).


And, Greenwich has seen an even slimmer fall – with case rates dropping to 273.7 (788 cases) from 274.0 (789 cases) the week before.


Nearby in Dartford, cases have dropped more significantly to 270.0 (304 cases) from 304.6 (343 cases).

Nationally, Lincoln continues to have the highest rate, with 617 new cases in the seven days to August 6 – the equivalent of 621.4 per 100,000 people.

This is down from 716.0 in the seven days to July 30.

Exeter has the second highest rate, up from 541.1 to 601.2, with 790 new cases.

Hull has the third highest rate, up from 512.7 to 580.1, with 1,507 new cases.

The list has been calculated by the PA news agency based on Public Health England data published on August 10 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

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