ï»¿4 hotspots in England at risk of lockdown and 4 where restrictions could ease
Get our daily coronavirus email newsletter with all the news you need to know direct to your inboxGet our daily coronavirus email newsletter with all the news you need to know direct to your inboxSign upWhen you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they'll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. OurPrivacy Noticeexplains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.Thank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy noticeJumps in coronavirus infection rates have put four areas in England potentially at risk of local lockdown restrictions.At the same time, four other parts of the country currently facing added measures to tackle the spread of the deadly bug have seen their infection rates drop, which could see such restrictions eased.Figures from the last seven days up to August 14 show a number of dramatic changes compared to the week before.Four areas Northampton, Swindon, Birmingham and Newark and Sherwood are all in the top 20 worst for rates of infection, per 100,000 people.Northampton continues to have the highest rate in the country, thanks to an outbreak at the Greencore sandwich factory and 276 new cases in the last week.As of Friday there were more than 122 people infected with the virus for every 100,000 residents a huge jump on the 39.6 just over a week before.Last week leader of Northamptonshire County Council Jonathan Nunn said: "We were a while ago stood at a fork in the road."Let hope we have taken that road away from a local lockdown although we have to say at this stage it is not certain.Director of public health Dr Justin Varney said it was likely the city would feature in the national "watch list" of places most at risk of intervention within days, with no sign of the current rise in cases easing off.Although Swindon and Newark and Sherwood both feature in the top 20 for worst infection rates, week on week their numbers have dropped.Swindon is marked as an area of on the Government watchlist, so at this stage no tougher measures are being taken.Northampton tops new Top 10 list of highest weekly Covid 19 rates after huge jumpCoun Michael Winstanley, who represents Orrell ward on Wigan Council, previously said he was that the borough was under local lockdown.Although still in the top 20 worst rates, Leicester has seen a significant improvement, dropping to 54.5 from 63.8 and some restrictions are set to be eased following a review.The Department of Health and Social Care is to look at the coronavirus situation in the city and decide whether any of the restrictions put in place to stem the spread of Covid 19 must continue or whether they can be further relaxed.