ï»¿17 areas of England where cases have jumped in last week
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 noticeWorrying new data reveals several areas in England have seen significant increases in new Covid 19 infections.The vast majority are in the south and Midlands, figures from Public Health England reveal following warnings that virus hotspots were "moving south".Redditch, in Worcestershire, has seen its rate treble in the seven days to Sunday.Kettering, in Northamptonshire, also experienced a sharp rise, with the number of new infections nearly doubling in a week, while the current rate in Mid Devon is ten times higher than it was the previous week.Oxford, where 46 infections were confirmed, has seen its rate rocket from 19.7 cases per 100,000 to 30.2 prompting warnings of lockdown measures.Coronavirus could be here until 2024 with a second wave within weeks, expert warnsIn a statement to people living in the city, Ansaf Azhar, Oxfordshire County Council's director for public health, said: "Do we really want to end up with the kind of local control measures we have seen introduced in various parts of Lancashire, Yorkshire, Leicester and Aberdeen?"At the minute it feels like we are moving in that direction. People need to be aware their behaviour is putting themselves and others at risk."If you're aged 18 to 29 and catch Covid 19, you are absolutely not guaranteed to get away with the mildest symptoms."But the government has been accused of being "confused and bungled" in its lockdown messaging by council leaders in West Yorkshire.The leaders of Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees have joined their counterparts in Greater Manchester in criticising proposals to tackle the virus on a ward by ward basis.Another announcement on restrictions in parts of Greater Manchester, east Lancashire and West Yorkshire is due to be made on Friday after Thursday meeting of the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC) chaired by Health Secretary Matt Hancock and England chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty.In a statement, councillors Susan Hinchcliffe, Tim Swift and Shabir Pandor, the leaders of Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees respectively, said: "Our infection rates have come down significantly this week, although they are still high."Over the last few months and weeks we, as leaders, have taken difficult decisions and directed significant resource in our councils to make this happen."However, throughout this time Government messaging has been confused and bungled."To add to the confusion, Government want to review and change these place by place weekly, leading to inconsistency in restrictions across the North. In the latest guidance from Government there is a presumption that wards with a low number of cases will start to revert to the national restrictions this week.