Stoke-on-Trent has remained on the Government’s coronavirus watchlist as an area of concern.
Every week Public Health England publishes a list of areas across the country that can be considered to have the highest weekly infection rates along with a string of other factors.
It then considers whether those areas need intervention – such as Birmingham where new lockdown restrictions have been imposed – or are areas of concern like Stoke-on-Trent.
The latest indiction from Public Health says the city now has an infection rate of 134.5 cases per 100,000 people – up from 119.2 this time last week.
The announcement comes as Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Staffordshire County Council revealed new testing centres would be available across the area next week.
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A city council spokesman said: “Nationally we’ve seen the highest rise in cases since May. Here in our own city – across the whole city – we’ve seen that coronavirus case numbers are increasing and continue to do so.
“It’s therefore not a surprise that we remain on the watch list. While it’s positive that we’ve not escalated to an area of intervention by government, this still could very much could be a reality for us and it remains incredibly serious that we remain on this list.
“We need to do everything we can to continue to battle this horrible disease.”
Across England the number of hospital admission due to coronavirus is said to be increasing while the number of young adults infected with Covid-19 has also gone up.
A report from Public Health England said: “Several surveillance indicators suggest that there have been increases in COVID-19 activity at a national level during the last week.
“Among young adults there has been a shift in the demographic of cases in recent weeks from the highest rates among those in the most deprived groups towards those in the least deprived groups.”