The 11 areas of England where Covid cases have JUMPED in the last week revealed

CORONAVIRUS infections have jumped significantly in eleven areas in England in the last week, data from Public Health England (PHE) has revealed.

Areas such as Pendle in Lancashire suffered the most severe spike in cases up to July 13.

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Data from PHE shows cases in terms of per 100,000 of the population.

Other areas with notable jumps include Blackburn with Darwen which has had an increase of cases from 36.3 to 48.5.

The council in the area revealed new measures this week in order to prevent it becoming the second area to be forced into local lockdown.

Herefordshire also witnessed a significant increase this week and went from 3.1 to 43.2

This is while Luton went from 14.9 to 27.6.

Peterborough also saw a significant jump and went from 21.4 to 29.3, while Kettering went from 15.8 to 24.7.

Braintree in Essex went from 4.0 to 23.8 while Eastbourne went from 10.4 to 20.4.

Tunbridge Wells went from 3.4 to 15.2 while Broxbourne went from 1.0 to 7.2.

These are the areas where cases have jumped the most in the last week, but other areas at also at risk of entering in a local lockdown.

Leicester was the first place in the UK to go into local lockdown after a spike in cases.

Last night Matt Hancock loosened restrictions for some residents.

Data from PHE showed that Leicester has 99.7 confirmed cases per 100,000.

Leicester's mayor has accused the Government of taking a “sledgehammer approach” after its partial lockdown ease means pubs and restaurants will stay shut.

Sir Peter Soulsby slammed Health Secretary Matt Hancock's decision to keep some restrictions in force across the Labour-run city and Liberal Democrat-controlled Oadby and Wigston suburbs.

Sir Peter said: “I am not surprised by this decision but remain extremely frustrated that a sledgehammer approach is being taken to deal with an issue in a very small part of the city.”

Despite many areas facing local lockdown and significant jumps in others, the Prime Minister is today set to announce measures to help office workers return.

Speaking at No 10, the PM is set to outline more of the road map to unlock England.

Yesterday the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance told MPs there was "absolutely no reason" to drop working from home.

He said: "Of the various distancing measures, working from home for many companies remains a perfectly good option because it's easy to do.

"I think a number of companies think it's actually not detrimental to productivity. And in that situation, there's absolutely no reason I can see to change it."


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