Three parts of Staffordshire are now among England’s 10 worst coronavirus hotspots.
Staffordshire Moorlands, Tamworth and Cannock Chase have all seen their Covid-19 case rates continue to rise in recent days – despite most other areas and the UK as a whole having recorded falling infections over the past week.
Tamworth currently has the seventh highest weekly infection rate in England (507.4 cases per 100,000 people), while Staffordshire Moorlands has the eighth highest (476.5) and Cannock Chase the 10th highest (471).
The rising rates in the Moorlands come despite the district having the highest vaccination take-up rate in Staffordshire and one of the highest in the country, with 90.6 per cent of over-16s now having had their first dose.
All three areas are well above the rate for England as a whole – 259.3 cases per 100,000.
Other Covid hotpots in England includes parts of Leicestershire and areas in the North West. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all currently have much worse rates than England.
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Cheadle South & Upper Tean is the neighbourhood which currently has the highest rate in the Staffordshire Moorlands and the county as a whole – 864.4 per 100,000.
Stoke-on-Trent, meanwhile, has seen its weekly case rate fall to 344.9 per 100,000, after nine days of declining infections. Newcastle’s rate stands at 341 per 100,000.
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