CORONAVIRUS infections have jumped significantly in eight areas in England in the last week, data from Public Health England (PHE) has revealed.
Areas such as Southampton suffered the most severe spike in cases up to July 5.
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Data from PHE shows cases in terms of per 100,000 of the population.
The south coast city had an increase in cases of 0.4 to 4.8 per cent in the last week.
This is while several London boroughs also witnessed large increases in the past week with Bromley in the South East of the city going from 0.6 to 2.1.
Islington, in the North of the city jumped from 0.8 to 2.9, this is while Hillingdon, in West London went from 5.9 to 8.2.
Hackney, which is in the heart of East London also jumped from 1.4 to 4.3.
Kirklees in West Yorkshire went from 26.2 to 29.9 while Blackburn with Darwen in Lancashire went from 20.8 to 24.2.
Bury in Greater Manchester went from 6.3 to 9.5.
So far in the UK over 44,000 people have died from the coronavirus and the latest figures from PHE show that cases are rising in some areas.
Other areas in England that have seen a spike in Covid cases
While eight areas across England have been hit the hardest, other places have also seen a slight increase in case numbers.
Gateshead: 0.5 >1.5 (202.04%)
Lambeth: 0.3 > 0.9 (196.77%)
Hampshire: 0.4 > 1.0 (131.82%)
Coventry: 1.4 > 3.0 (120.59%)
Newham: 1.7 > 3.7 (117.06%)
Gloucestershire: 1.0 > 2.1 (115.79%)
Redbridge: 2.3 > 4.9 (114.78%)
Camden: 0.4 > 0.8 (100.00%)
Suffolk: 0.9 > 1.7 (85.87%)
Southwark: 1.6 > 2.8 (79.75%)
York: 1.9 > 3.3 (74.87%)
Tower Hamlets: 0.9 > 1.6 (67.02%)
Barnet: 1.5 > 2.6 (66.67%)
Trafford: 3.8 > 6.4 (66.67%)
Buckinghamshire: 3.5 > 5.7 (63.07%)
If cases continue to rise in these areas extra restrictions could be placed on residents.
Health officials are now keeping a close eye on these hotspots threatening the UK's fight against the killer bug.
So far the UK has seen one local lockdown in Leicester. The government this week said it would need two weeks of consistent data for it to decide when it lifts the lockdown on the city.
Last Saturday pubs and restaurants opened across the country and next weeks data will give a better idea as to whether or not the lifting of restrictions has had an impact on case numbers.
Yesterday the government announced that gyms, beauty salons and swimming pools can resume operation in the coming weeks – with new social-distancing measures.
Meanwhile, people in 'high risk' occupations will be tested for coronavirus even if they showing no symptoms with jobs including taxi drivers, cleaners and shop workers – the Department of Health has announced.
And Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled a host of new measures to get Britain's economy moving again in a mini-Budget such as a six-month stamp duty holiday for homes up to £500,000.
He also announced there will be an Eat Out to Help Out discount scheme throughout August – meaning restaurant and pub bills will be slashed in half.
It comes as the coronavirus death toll in the UK rose to 44,602 after 85 more deaths in were recorded on July 9, 2020.
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