15 areas of England where Covid cases increased the most in the last week

More than 5,000 cases of the Indian Covid-19 variant have now been detected in England, with Bolton currently recording the highest case rate in the country.

Covid-19 cases in England in creased by 6.1 per cent per 100,000 people in the week to 20 May

The rise in cases has seen the UK government issue new guidance for eight local authority areas where cases are concentrated, with people urged to minimise travel in and out of hotspots and avoid meeting up indoors. Covid-19 cases overall increased in England by 6.1 per cent per 100,000 people in the week to 20 May, with some council areas seeing a significant jump in infections over the latest seven-day period. Listed are the 15 council areas which saw the biggest increase in Covid-19 case rates in the week to 20 May.

Covid-19 cases in Tonbridge and Malling increased from 2.3 per 100,000 in the week 13 May to 15.1 cases per 100,000 people in the week to 20 May. This is a 556.5 percentage change.

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Covid-19 cases in Sevenoaks increased from 2.5 per 100,000 in the week 13 May to 13.3 cases per 100,000 people in the week to 20 May. This is a 432.0 percentage change.
Covid-19 cases in Rossendale increased from 21 per 100,000 in the week 13 May to 76.9 cases per 100,000 people in the week to 20 May. This is a 266.2 percentage change.
Covid-19 cases in North Devon increased from 5.1 per 100,000 in the week 13 May to 16.5 cases per 100,000 people in the week to 20 May. This is a 223.5 percentage change.
Covid-19 cases in Reigate and Banstead increased from 7.4 per 100,000 in the week 13 May to 18.8 cases per 100,000 people in the week to 20 May. This is a 154.1 percentage change.
Covid-19 cases in Gloucester increased from 4.6 per 100,000 in the week 13 May to 18.8 cases per 100,000 people in the week to 20 May. This is a 152.2 percentage change.
Covid-19 cases in Welwyn Hatfield increased from 6.5 per 100,000 in the week 13 May to 16.3 cases per 100,000 people in the week to 20 May. This is a 150.8 percentage change.
Covid-19 cases in Blackburn with Darwen increased from 114.2 per 100,000 in the week 13 May to 280.6 cases per 100,000 people in the week to 20 May. This is a 145.7 percentage change.
Covid-19 cases in Malvern Hills increased from 8.9 per 100,000 in the week 13 May to 21.6 cases per 100,000 people in the week to 20 May. This is a 142.7 percentage change.
Covid-19 cases in Canterbury increased from 13.9 per 100,000 in the week 13 May to 33.3 cases per 100,000 people in the week to 20 May. This is a 139.6 percentage change.
Covid-19 cases in Derbyshire Dales increased from 4.1 per 100,000 in the week 13 May to 9.7 cases per 100,000 people in the week to 20 May. This is a 136.6 percentage change.
Covid-19 cases in Bolsover increased from 3.7 per 100,000 in the week 13 May to 8.7 cases per 100,000 people in the week to 20 May. This is a 135.1 percentage change.
Covid-19 cases in Dartford increased from 6.2 per 100,000 in the week 13 May to 13.3 cases per 100,000 people in the week to 20 May. This is a 114.5 percentage change.
Covid-19 cases in Broxbourne increased from 8.2 per 100,000 in the week 13 May to 17.5 cases per 100,000 people in the week to 20 May. This is a 113.4 percentage change.
Covid-19 cases in Wokingham increased from 13.4 per 100,000 in the week 13 May to 28.1 cases per 100,000 people in the week to 20 May. This is a 109.7 percentage change.