Coronavirus has almost completely disappeared from a handful of North Staffordshire neighbourhoods, latest official figures show.
With the end of full lockdown in sight, there are clear signs in parts of Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding area that measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 are working.
According to statistics from Public Health England, which publishes a map showing the rolling infection rate in the country, the virus has all but disappeared in three North Staffordshire postcodes.
It shows that Cheadle town, Madeley and Betley, along with Ipstones, Warslow and Hamps Valley ‘suppressed’ the virus in the seven days to February 18.
This means those area – each with a population of around 8,000 people – had fewer than three confirmed Covid cases in the week beforehand.
There are a further seven postcodes across North Staffordshire with an infection rate of below 50 per 100,000 residents.
It comes as cases continue to fall across the county as restrictions on movement and which businesses can open remain in place.
Stoke-on-Trent saw 54 fewer cases than the week before, with every local authority seeing an overall decrease in the total number of infections.
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Below are the ten places in North Staffordshire with the lowest rolling rates of Covid cases in the weekleading up to February 18:
- Cheadle Town – Virus suppressed
- Madeley and Betley – Virus suppressed
Ipstones, Warslow and Hamps Valley – Virus suppressed
Clayton and Langdale – 32.7 per 100,000 with 3 cases over seven days (down 70 per cent)
Barlaston, Tittensor and Swynnerton – 40.4 per 100,000 with 3 cases over seven days (down 76.9 per cent)
Talke and Crackley – 43.3 per 100,000 with 4 cases over seven days (down 70 per cent)
Meir South and Lightwood – 47.5 per 100,000 with 4 cases over seven days (down 63.6 per cent)
Leek Town – 48.4 per 100,000 with 4 cases over seven days (down 66.7 per cent)
Norton – 48.8 per 100,000 with 4 cases over seven days (down 42.9 per cent)
Kidsgrove East – 49.7 per 100,000 with 4 cases over seven days (up 100 per cent)