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Southampton, Swindon and Greenwich among 17 areas where coronavirus cases are NOT rising

SOUTHAMPTON, Swindon and Greenwich are among 17 areas in England where coronavirus cases are NOT rising.

They are joined by the likes of Bedford, Gloucestershire and Norfolk where infection rates have all fallen since the start of September.

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Covid-19 was on the up in all other areas of England (132 of 149), data released by Public Health England on Friday showed.

It has sparked fears of a second wave in Britain, with the Government now banning people from meeting in groups bigger than six.

But despite the threats, data from September 11 showed several corners of the country had seen cases plummet from the previous week (September 4).

The biggest drop was in Rutland, where the infection rate fell from by 83 per cent (15.1 to 2.3).

In Norfolk, there was a 44 per cent drop off, with cases dipping from 13.2 to 7.3 per 100,000.

Southampton cases fell by 44 per cent (7.9 per 100,000 to 4.4), while Swindon saw a dip of 35 per cent.

Other areas where infection rates have fallen since the start of September include Bedford, Bexley, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Camden, Gloucestershire, Greenwich, Oldham, Plymouth, Redcar and Cleveland, Southend-on-Sea, Swindon, Trafford and Wandsworth.

There is no clear trend among areas with falling infections, with boroughs ranging from London to the South West to Norfolk and Manchester featuring.

More than half of places – 86 out of 149 – have levels of coronavirus lower than 20 cases per 100,000 people – the threshold at which the Government considers international quarantine for visitors returning to Britain.

Out of those, 29 have rates lower than 10 per 100,000 – a fifth of all areas.   

It comes as Sunderland’s weekly infection rate rose seven-fold during the start of the month, from 8.3 cases per 100,000 people to 59.8.

Bolton, which is currently considered England’s coronavirus hotspot, saw its infection rate nearly double over the same period to 122 per 100,000.

It is one of 49 areas in England on the Government’s coronavirus watch list – a significantly longer list than in previous weeks.

But despite concerns of rising numbers, it was claimed no coronavirus tests were available in England’s top 10 hotspots today.

It came as cases grew by 2,621 in the UK today, with nine more deaths recorded.

It brought the total number of positive test results in Britain to 371,125, with an overall death toll of 41,637.

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