Case rates continue to soar in some areas of the country as the UK recorded its deadliest day of the pandemic so far.

Updated Government figures of the latest Covid-19 case rates were released yesterday for every local authority area in England.

Of the 315 local areas, half have seen a drop in case rates, which is 159 authorities. Exactly 154, which is just under half, have seen a fall and two remain the same.

The figures show the number of new cases per 100,000 people, for the seven days to January 9 based on testing.

Data for the most recent four days (January 10 to 13) has been excluded as it is incomplete so does not reflect the true number of cases.

Barking and Dagenham, a borough in London, continues to have the highest rate of coronavirus in England, with 1,505 cases per 100,000 people. But this is down slightly from 1,635 in the previous week and cases are thought to be dropping.

Knowsley, in Merseyside, has the second highest rate in the country – and is the area with the biggest rise in rate – up from 797 to 1,39.

Newham in London is in third place, down very slightly from 1,406 to 1,398.

See below for the areas which are considered Covid-19 hotspots as they have seen the biggest rises in rates, according to the most recent data.

The areas with the biggest rises in coronavirus rates

  1. Knowsley: 1,399 cases per 100,000, up from 797
  2. Liverpool: 1,048 up from 612
  3. Sefton: 1,076 up from 650.1
  4. Halton: 1,212 up from 875
  5. St Helens: 824 up from 492
  6. Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole: 881 up from 607
  7. Wirral: 941 up from 697
  8. Worcester: 769 up from 540
  9. Copeland: 544 up from 330
  10. Tendring: 1,170 up from 957

The list has been calculated by the PA news agency based on Public Health England data published on January 13 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

The news comes after the UK saw the most daily deaths in the pandemic so far yesterday, where another 1,564 people were confirmed to have died with coronavirus.

The previous record of 1,325 was recorded last Friday, January 8. The first wave record – reported on April 21, 2020 – was 1,224.

Despite this cases continue to drop slightly, with 47,525 new infections recorded in the last 24 hours, but experts still fear the worst is yet to come for the NHS. 

Prime minister Boris Johnson also expressed concern in the Commons yesterday over a new variant of the virus which was found in passengers who had flown from Brazil to Japan on January 2.

‘We are concerned about the new Brazilian variant,’ he said.

‘We already have tough measures as you know to protect this country from new infections coming from abroad. We’re taking steps to do that in respect of the Brazilian variant.

‘I think it’s fair to say there are lots of questions we still have about that variant and we don’t know for instance any more than we know from whether the South African variant is vaccine resistant.’

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