The decline in Stoke-on-Trent’s Covid infection rate appears to have almost stopped – as the city awaits the outcome of the tiers review.
In the seven days up to December 12, Stoke-on-Trent had 825 cases of coronavirus, which equates to a weekly infection rate of 321.8 cases per 100,000 population, the 40th highest in England.
This is virtually the same as the infection rate recorded in the city over the previous week: 323 cases per 100,000.
Both Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire have been under tier three restrictions since the end of the second national lockdown, and the number of infections will be one of the factors which the government will consider when deciding whether to move areas into different tiers.
Five of Staffordshire’s eight districts are now seeing a rise in cases, with the seven-day rate in the Staffordshire Moorlands going up from 192 to 217.4 per 100,000 in the past week.
Newcastle though is still trending downwards, with its rate falling from 203.2 to 190.8. Stafford has seen a large increase from 181.4 to 243.3.
Swale in Kent continues to have the highest weekly infection rate in England: 742.3 cases per 100,000.
The following is a list of all areas of Staffordshire, 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 December 12; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to December 12; rate of new cases in the seven days to December 5; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to December 5.
Stoke-on-Trent, 321.8, (825), 323.0, (828)
East Staffordshire, 304.0, (364), 220.5, (264)
Stafford, 243.3, (334), 181.4, (249)
Staffordshire Moorlands, 217.4, (214), 192.0, (189)
Cannock Chase, Tier 3, 215.4, (217), 174.7, (176)
Newcastle-under-Lyme, 190.8, (247), 203.2, (263)
South Staffordshire, 177.0, (199), 153.0, (172)
Lichfield, 157.5, (165), 166.1, (174)
Tamworth, 138.2, (106), 146.0, (112)