Latest Yorkshire infection rates as Blackburn becomes new COVID hotspot

Four places in Yorkshire are in the top 10 areas of the UK with the highest coronavirus infection rates, new data has revealed.

Information on an NHS progression dashboard tracks the number of people confirmed by a lab to test positive for COVID-19 and it shows the case rate over a seven-day period up to July 18.

The new data from NHS Digital reveals that Leicester no longer has the highest rate of infection with Blackburn now taking that spot after an increase in cases.

The East Midlands city is still in lockdown but data reveals there has been a 42 per cent drop in cases, compared to a 65 per cent rise in the area which covers Blackburn with Darwen.

Worryingly for Yorkshire, four places within the county make up the top 10, with Bradford still the county’s COVID-19 hotspot, according to the figures on the NHS website.

It says there has been a 12 per cent increase in cases, meaning there are 40.4 per 100,000 of the population.

It is the fourth most infected place in the country after Blackburn, Leicester and Rochdale, with Luton completing the top five.

Kirklees is sixth with 28.5 cases per 100,000 of the population, whereas Rotherham and Calderdale are eighth and tenth, respectively.

Rotherham has 22.7 cases per 100,000, whereas Calderdale has 20.9 cases per 100,000 people.

You can view the top 10 coronavirus hotspots in this table here:

The top 10 places with the highest coronavirus infection rates

Other places in Yorkshire included on the list are Wakefield, Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster, Leeds and York.

York had the lowest COVID-19 infection rate with just 1.4 cases per 100,000 of the population.

Wakefield was just outside the top 10 with 20 cases per 100,000 of the population.

The national average is 6.4 cases per 100,000 people and this is the state of play for the rest of Yorkshire:

  • Wakefield: 20 cases per 100,000 of the population.
  • Barnsley: 12.2 cases per 100,000 of the population.
  • Sheffield: 11.8 cases per 100,000 of the population.
  • Doncaster: 7.1 cases per 100,000 of the population.
  • Leeds: 5.7 cases per 100,000 of the population.
  • York: 1.4 cases per 100,000 of the population.


Yorkshire Live – Health