Covid infection rates continue to rise in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffs Moorlands

Coronavirus infection rates are continuing to rise in Stoke-on-Trent and the Staffordshire Moorlands – while outbreaks in other areas have stabilised.

Stoke-on-Trent’s weekly case rate has increased to 150.2 per 100,000 population, after 385 people tested positive in the city in the seven days up to October 15. This is a sharp rise on the 122.1 rate reported on Friday.

Staffordshire Moorlands has seen an even bigger jump in its infection rate, which increased from 110.7 on Friday to 149.3 cases per 100,000. The district has seen 147 cases over the seven day period.

Newcastle, which had previously been Staffordshire’s coronavirus hotspot following a surge in cases, is now seeing its seven-day rate hold steady at 142.9 per 100,000. The borough has seen 185 further cases over the week.

Cheshire East, which remains a tier two ‘high alert’ area, has seen its seven-day rate fall slightly to 167.6 cases per 100,000.

Stafford, which replaced Newcastle as the area of the county with the highest infection rate last week, has now itself been overtaken by Cannock Chase and South Staffordshire. Stafford’s weekly rate appears to have plateaued at 158.1 cases per 100,000.

Nottingham remains England’s coronavirus hotspot, but its weekly rate has fallen to 711.3.

The following is a list of all areas of Staffordshire and Cheshire, ranked according by infection rate, as published by the PA news agency based on Public Health England data. From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to October 15; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to October 15; rate of new cases in the seven days to October 8; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to October 8.

Warrington 340.9 (716), 347.1 (729)

Halton 338.5 (438), 399.5 (517)

Cheshire West and Chester 183.6 (630), 191.5 (657)

Cheshire East 167.6 (644), 167.6 (644)

Cannock Chase 165.7 (167), 94.3 (95)

South Staffordshire 162.8 (183), 127.2 (143)

Stafford 158.1 (217), 138.4 (190)

Stoke-on-Trent 150.2 (385), 89.7 (230)

Staffordshire Moorlands 149.3 (147), 92.4 (91)

Newcastle 142.9 (185), 153.7 (199)

Tamworth 135.6 (104), 104.3 (80)

East Staffordshire 126.1 (151), 92.7 (111)

Lichfield 115.5 (121), 91.6 (96)

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