CORONAVIRUS infections have risen in 10 areas in England in the last week, new government data has revealed.
Oxford and Redditch were among the areas to see a surge in case numbers in the past seven days.
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Meanwhile, new data shows that previous hot spots – including Leicester and Oldham – have seen infections fall.
But experts say the increase in cases is to be expected as more people are now being tested for Covid-19.
The latest data from Public Health England, from the week up to August 23, shows cases in terms of per 100,000 of the population.
Oxford is at the top of the list this week where cases in the area have jumped from 19.7 to 30.2.
Earlier this week the Oxfordshire’s director of public health warned there had been a significant increase in cases in the city.
Ansaf Azhar said the rise had been mainly between 18-30 year olds in the area.
Last week, Northampton was at the top of the list after it was a surge in cases – from 38.7 to 116.6.
Redditch in north-east Worcestershire has jumped from 8.2 cases to 27.0, while Kettering, in Northamptonshire has increased from 13.8 to 26.5.
Fourth on the list is Hackney and the City of London which has seen a jump from 13.1 to 25.4.
Going further south, Windsor and Maidenhead has jumped from 8.6 to 25.1, while Dacorum in Hertfordshire has seen a jump from 4.5 to 22.0.
While in Mid Devon, which yesterday recorded its first death from Covid-19 in three weeks, has jumped from 1.2 to 13.4 cases.
Blaby, in Leicestershire has jumped from 10.8 to 22.7, despite cases in Leicester being down overall – as numbers continue to fall.
In the north, Newcastle-under-Lyme has jumped from 5.4 to 19.3.
Last on the list is South Tyneside where cases have jumped from 2.6 to 12.6.
Figures for the seven days to August 23, are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the Government’s testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two).
Data for the most recent three days (August 24-26) has been excluded as it is incomplete and likely to be revised.
While cases have jumped significantly in 10 areas, there have also been some significant drops.
In Blackburn with Darwen, 82 new cases were recorded in the seven days to August 23 – the equivalent of 54.8 per 100,000 people. This is the highest rate in England, but it is down from 78.2 in the seven days to August 16.
The rate in Oldham is 54.4, down from 86.9, with 129 new cases.
Pendle is third, where the rate has fallen from 93.4 to 51.0, with 47 new cases.
In Leicester, the rate continues to fall, down from 50.0 to 44.9, with 159 new cases.
Three other areas have rates above 40 per 100,000: Manchester (42.5), Bradford (42.1) and Rochdale (41.8).
Residents in Manchester were yesterday warned to not drink in parks over the bank holiday weekend in order to stop the spread of the virus.