Covid-19 cases rise in dozens of areas in UK

Government figures show infections are rising in 34 of 380 districts across the UK

A health worker administers a dose of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine at a coronavirus vaccination centre at the Fazl Mosque in southwest London on March 23, 2021, on the first anniversary of the first national Covid-19 lockdown.  / AFP / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS
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Coronavirus cases are increasing in more than 30 local council areas in the UK, the latest infection data shows.

Government figures covering the seven days to April 9 show infections are rising in 34 of 380 districts.

Ryedale in the north of England saw the biggest increase, with a rise of 175 per cent compared to the previous seven days.

Meanwhile, Clackmannanshire in Scotland had the highest seven-day rolling average infection rates, at 131.9 for every 100,000 people.

The government lifted more lockdown restrictions in England on Monday, allowing Britons to return to pubs, gyms, restaurants and shops.

The percentage increases in the areas where cases have risen since last week:

Ryedale: 175

Eden: 150

Bath and North East Somerset: 81.2

Mendip: 72.7

Castle Point: 69.2

Harlow: 66.7

Torbay: 56.2

Isle of Wight: 47.4

Carlisle: 44.4

Copeland 41.7

Tewkesbury: 40

Fylde: 36.4

Hertsmere: 33.3

Hackney and City of London: 28.6

Harrogate: 26.3

North East Derbyshire: 24.3

King's Lynn and West Norfolk: 23.5

East Lothian: 23.5

Waverley: 20

Dorset: 18.9

Reading: 17.9

Mole Valley: 16.7

Highland: 14.8

Mansfield: 14

Causeway Coast and Glens: 14

Westminster: 12.7

Rushmoor: 12.5

Broxbourne: 11.1

Newry, Mourne and Down: 8.9

Test Valley: 8.1

Wellingborough: 7.7

Gedling: 3.8

Arun: 2.6

The areas with the highest overall seven-day rolling average case rates for every 100,000 people:

Clackmannanshire: 131.9


Corby: 102.5

Barnsley: 95.2

Wakefield: 84.7

Bradford: 82.1

Luton: 82.1

Leicester: 78.2

Doncaster: 76.6

Boston: 72.7