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WATCHLIST The 234 areas in which Covid cases are still increasing – is YOUR area on the hotspot list?

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CORONAVIRUS cases are still increasing in 234 areas in the UK and this interactive map shows if your local authority is on the list.

Infections have decreased in 141 locations and Trafford, in the Greater Manchester area, currently has the highest number of infections in the UK.

At the height of the pandemic last year, Manchester was riddled with Covid infections and Mayor Andy Burnham was actively trying to prevent a stricter lockdown level on the area.

Trafford currently has the highest rate in the country with 1,978 new cases in the seven days ending October 7 – that’s 832.6 per 100,000 people.

That is a sharp increase from 516.9 in the seven days ending September 30th.

Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria has the second highest rate with 522 new cases from 668.4 to 782.3.

Kettering in Northamptonshire has the third highest rate with 793 new cases from 907.9 to 775.8.

Vale of Glamorgan has the highest rate in Wales (692.6); Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon ​​has the highest rate in Northern Ireland (504.1); and West Lothian has the highest rate in Scotland (442.3).

While Trafford has the highest rate of infection, it is also one of the five areas where rates have risen the most.

East Northamptonshire rose from 431.1 to 644.6 per 100,000.

The region’s health chief said this week she felt “helpless” with the rise in cases.

Lucy Wightman, Northamptonshire’s top health authority, said the increase was mostly seen in school-age children.

She said, “We were about to put out more solid messages, but our challenge is that we no longer have the legal authority to enforce them.

“Most places are in very similar positions, we feel a little helpless.”

Elsewhere, too, and in Ipswich, the infection rate rose from 478.8 to 679.5 in the past week.

Infection rates in the region have increased by around 40 percent in the past week.

Martin Seymour, Suffolk’s assistant director of public health, said people should continue to take precautions.

He added that hospital rates had not yet increased.

Ashfield in the East Midlands has also increased from 433.2 to 617.9 cases per 100,000.

The director of public health in the region has urged people to remember the importance of vaccines.

Jonathan Gribbin said that even if you’ve had the vaccine, if you have symptoms, it’s important to get a PCR test.

Wellingborough in Northamptonshire also saw an increase from 555.7 to 735.5.

The surge in infections across the country is due to a scientist warning of the next pandemic threat.

Oxford vaccine inventor Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert said there was no vaccine against the Nipah virus, which causes brain swelling.

However, should the spread develop faster, as Covid has learned, it could be catastrophic.

Dame Sarah said, “Something that everyone is very much aware of now is how SARS-CoV-2 has spread across the world.

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