Torridge, in North Devon, has become the area in England with the highest number of Covid cases in the past week. The southwest region has seen infection levels rocket by 88 percent in a week. Here, Express.co.uk takes a look at Covid case numbers across the country, for the last week, and which areas are witnessing rapid increases.
In the past week, Torridge – which has a population of nearly 70,000 residents – has seen its number of Covid cases per 100,000 people double.
Government statistics identified there were 713 cases per 100,000 people, in Torridge, compared with 378 a week previously.
Currently, the national average for England is 363 cases per 100,000 people.
Local residents are being urged, by the region’s NHS Trust, to book a vaccination or booster jab if they’re eligible.
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Heather Brazier, Director of Operations, for the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (NDHT) said services were very busy and urged people to call 111 rather than 999 if they did not require urgent care.
She said: “Like many health and social care organisations, our staffing is impacted by Covid-related illness and isolation, and we are working hard to manage that on an ongoing basis.”
Ms Brazier also thanked staff for “their efforts to ensure we continue to deliver safe and compassionate patient care”.
Mid Ulster – Northern Ireland
The second Northern Irish region to make this list.
Mid Ulster currently has an infection rate of 703 per 100,000 people.
North Devon – South West England
Alongside Torridge, in south west England, the North Devon area has a case rate of 699 per 100,000 residents.