The latest case rates have been released for every local authority area in England and in most of them, infections are rising again.

Nationally, 255 out of the 377 local areas in England (68 per cent) have seen a rise in cases, and 122 (32 per cent) have seen a fall.

The seven-day rolling rate by date of specimen in the UK is 485.6 cases per 100,000 people.

In south east London and the News Shopper patch, Dartford is the only area which exceeds this with a skyrocketed rate of 587.5.

These figures are accurate for the seven days to October 21 – with most recent days excluded for accuracy.

They are compared with a week prior – the seven days to October 14.

The figures are based on the number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in either a lab-reported or rapid lateral flow test, by specimen date.

The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.


The case rate in Bromley has risen from 250.9 (825 cases) to 295.1 (982 cases).


In Bexley, the coronavirus rate has risen to 328.1 (818 cases) from 252.7 (630 cases).


In Greenwich, the Covid rate is 261.2 (755 cases) which is a rise from 226.6 (655 cases) the week before.


Lewisham's rate has risen from 177.9 (543 cases) to 213.2 (651 cases).


In Southwark, cases have risen to 177.2 (567 cases) from 139.1 (445 cases).


Nearby in Dartford, Covid rates have risen to 587.5 (670 cases) from 348.1 (397 cases).

Cheltenham in Gloucestershire has the highest rate in the UK, with 1,478 new cases in the seven days to October 21, the equivalent of 1,273.7 per 100,000 people.

This is up sharply from 602.4 in the seven days to October 14.

Blaenau Gwent in Wales has the second highest rate, up from 649.8 to 1,213.9, with 850 new cases.

Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire has the third highest rate, up from 484.4 to 1,212.9, with 1,172 new cases.

The list has been calculated by the PA news agency using data published on October 25 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

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