Eleven areas of Stoke-on-Trent have recorded fewer than 20 new Covid-19 cases in the last week – including former infection hotspots.
The level of Covid-19 infections across the city has dropped significantly over lockdown with some areas seeing weekly cases fall by more than half.
This has seen some pockets emerge where there have been a much lower number of cases within the last week.
Government maps charting cases by local areas – containing around 7,500 to 8,000 people each – show that one spot in the city has seen fewer than 10 new cases in the most recent week to November 27.
However, while rates of infection across the city have fallen significantly, overall the city remains eighth on a list of England’s hotspots which is a key reason it headed out of lockdown into the most extreme Tier 3 measures yesterday.
Tier 3 rules mean Stokies – and residents in neighbouring Staffordshire – are unable to meet other households inside or in most places outside, with an exception for public spaces such as parks.
Cafés, restaurants and bars remain closed and can only offer takeaway or drive-through services. Hotels and B&Bs must also stay shut.
These rates of infection will need to continue to drop further to give the city a hope of stepping down to Tier 2 from December 16.
The 11 areas of Stoke-on-Trent which have seen fewer than 20 coronavirus cases in a week
1: Meir Park – 157.4 per 100,000 with 8 cases over seven days (down 52.9 per cent)
2: Fenpark – 267.8 per 100,000 with 13 cases over seven days (up 8.3 per cent)
3: Meir North – 206.7 per 100,000 with 14 cases over seven days (down 46.2 per cent)
4: Newstead and Blurton – 188.1 per 100,000 with 15 cases over seven days (down 69.4 per cent)
5: Hollybush and Blurton North – 249.3 per 100,000 with 15 cases over seven days (down 55.9 per cent)
6: Norton – 195.3 per 100,000 with 16 cases over seven days (down 51.5 per cent)
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7: Abbey Hulton – 220 per 100,000 with 16 cases over seven days (down 46.7 per cent)
8: Trentham East – 298.1 per 100,000 with 16 cases over seven days (down 20 per cent)
9: Weston Coyney – 234.2 per 100,000 with 17 cases over seven days (up 21.4 per cent)
10: Hanford and Trentham West – 300.4 per 100,000 with 18 cases over seven days (down 18.2 per cent)
11: Dresden – 333.2 per 100,000 with 19 cases over seven days (down 29.6 per cent)