How do Covid-19 case rates compare for each region of England?

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It is too soon to judge whether the England-wide lockdown, which began on November 5, has had any impact on the rate of new Covid-19 cases in each part of the nation.

But the latest figures show rates continuing to increase in most local authority areas across England.

There is only one region, north-west England, in which a majority of areas are currently recording a fall, rather than a rise.

Rates are up in every area of north-east England, all but three areas of south-west England, and all but one area in London.

Here is an overview of the latest case rates in each region, including the areas with the highest and lowest numbers.

In all instances, the figures are for the week ending November 12 and have been calculated by the PA news agency using data published by Public Health England.

– Yorkshire and the Humber

The highest rates of new cases of Covid-19 in England are currently in the Yorkshire and the Humber region.

Hull is top of the list, with 776.4 cases per 100,000 people – up from the previous week’s figure of 686.0.

Scarborough (595.8), Kirklees (577.3), Bradford (545.6) and North East Lincolnshire (545.2) are also among the top 10 highest rates in England.

Scarborough and North East Lincolnshire, along with Richmondshire, have seen the biggest week-on-week jumps across the region.

Overall, 13 of Yorkshire and the Humber’s 21 local areas have seen a week-on-week increase in rates, while eight have seen a drop.

The lowest rate in the region is for York, which is currently 171.9, down slightly from 192.8.

Covid-19 case rates in Yorkshire & the Humber (PA Graphics)

– North-east England

Rates are rising in all of the 12 local areas in North-east England.

The highest rate in the region is Hartlepool, up from 389.7 to 570.1.

This is also the biggest week-on-week rise for any area in the region.

Redcar and Cleveland (up from 388.6 to 504.6) and Middlesbrough (up from 385.9 to 500.8) have also seen notable jumps.

Northumberland has the lowest rate: 306.4, up from 220.5.

– North-west England

This is the only region in England where a majority of areas are currently showing a drop in Covid-19 case rates.

A total of 30 of 39 areas have recorded a fall in rates.

This includes Oldham, which has the highest rate in the region, but where the rate has dropped week-on-week from 800.5 to 598.0.

Lancaster has the lowest rate: 143.1, down from 200.6.

Covid-19 case rates in north-west England (PA Graphics)

– West Midlands

Rates are up in 25 out of 30 areas in the West Midlands, according to the latest figures.

Stoke-on-Trent has seen one of the biggest week-on-week jumps, and is currently recording the highest rate in the region: 543.7, up from 435.3.

Nuneaton and Bedworth (up from 233.3 to 362.6) and Rugby (up from 157.9 to 260.7) have also seen sharp increases in rates.

The area with the lowest rate is Malvern Hills, where it has fallen slightly from 120.7 to 113.1.

– East Midlands

East Lindsey currently has the highest rate in the East Midlands: 529.2, up from 328.8.

But very close behind is Leicester, where the rate has jumped from 406.2 to 527.6.

Leicester’s rates have been climbing for the past few weeks, after spiking in early summer then falling back in early autumn.

The neighbouring area of Oadby and Wigston (508.6, up from 363.1) is also recording a sharp increase.

Overall 24 of the region’s 40 local authority areas are currently seeing a rise in rates.

Boston has seen the biggest week-on-week jump of them all: up from 189.5 to 477.4.

Rutland has the lowest rate: 127.7, up very slightly from 122.7.

Covid-19 case rates in East Midlands (PA Graphics)

– Eastern England

The lowest Covid-19 case rate of any area in England is in Eastern England: North Norfolk, where the rate is currently 51.5, up a little from 49.6.

Almost every area in the region – 41 out of 45 – has seen a week-on-week rise, however.

The biggest jump is in Cambridge, up from 130.6 to 280.5.

This is also the highest rate in the region.

– London

Rates are up in every area of London except one: Westminster, where they have fallen slightly from 164.6 to 155.4.

Everywhere else has seen a week-on-week rise.

The size of the increase varies across the capital.

In Haringey, for example, the rate has risen only a little, from 142.6 to 145.5.

By contrast, the rate in Bexley has jumped from 194.5 to 269.4.

Havering currently has the highest rate (317.9, up from 269.3) while Lewisham has the lowest (117.7, up from 95.8).

– South-east England

Once again, rates are up in a majority of areas.

A total of 57 out of 67 areas of south-east England have recorded a rise in the latest figures, with Swale seeing the largest week-on-week increase: up from 265.9 to 531.0.

Swale also has the highest rate in the region.

Worthing has the lowest: 67.8, down from 85.0.

– South-west England

Bristol continues to have the highest rate in south-west England: 486.6, up from 453.0.

Only three areas in the region have recorded a fall: Gloucester, Mid Devon and Torbay.

Cotswold has seen the biggest week-on-week increase, from 121.3 to 173.6.

Teignbridge has the lowest rate: 73.8, up from 70.1.

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