These neighbourhoods across North Staffordshire still have worryingly high infection rate – despite overall cases falling across the region.
Stoke-on-Trent and the wider county is seeing a downward trend in its seven day rolling number of coronavirus cases as lockdown makes an impact.
However, there are still some pockets where infections are rife.
There are now 12 areas – 11 in the city and one in Newcastle borough – which have infection rates above 400 per 100,000 residents.
Overall, Stoke-on-Trent’s cases rate was 358.1 in the seven days to January 20, while Staffordshire’s was 396.9.
Currently, Fenpark has the highest case rate in North Staffordshire at 576.8 per 100,000 of the population.
Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones – the city’s top health boss – urged people to keep going with lockdown to help ease pressure on the Royal Stoke University Hospital.
He said: “Stoke-on-Trent’s infection rate might drop just below 350 per 100,000 soon but the next few days maybe a bit turbulent.”
To help people chart the progress of the pandemic, Public Health England (PHE) has produced a useful interactive map which displays data showing the rates of coronavirus infection in different areas.
It has opened up a glimpse into the peaks and troughs of infection rates across the region.
The map is colour-coded from white – where the virus is being suppressed – through to green where cases are low and then through gradually darker shades of blue as the numbers increase and finally to a deep claret colour.
The map provides the seven-day rolling rates are calculated by dividing the seven day count by the area population and multiplying by 100,000.
Here we take a look at the 12 neighbourhood’s infection rate in the seven days to January 20.
The 12 coronavirus hotspots on January 20
Fenpark – 576.8 per 100,000 with 28 cases over seven days (up 16.7 per cent)
Meir North – 561.1 per 100,000 with 38 cases over seven days (down 13.6 per cent)
Hanley and Etruria – 543.2 per 100,000 with 46 cases over seven days (up 4.5 per cent)
Kidsgrove Central – 520.2 per 100,000 with 30 cases over seven days (up 30.4 per cent)
Longton East – 494.9 per 100,000 with 35 cases over seven days (up 16.7 per cent)
Cobridge and Central Forest – 470.4 per 100,000 with 33 cases over seven days (up 3.1 per cent)
Hollybush and Blurton – 448.8 per 100,000 with 27 cases over seven days (up 107.7 per cent)
Newstead and Blurton South – 438.9 per 100,000 with 35 cases over seven days (up 75 per cent)
Weston Coyney – 418.2 per 100,000 with 25 cases over seven days (up 8.7 per cent)
Goldenhill and Sandyford – 413.6 per 100,000 with 31 cases over seven days (up 29.2 per cent)
Abbey Hulton – 412.5 per 100,000 with 30 cases over seven days (up 3.4 per cent)
Basford and Hartshill – 411.1 per 100,000 with 38 cases over seven days (down 11.6 per cent)