15 areas of England with the biggest rise in Covid cases in the last week
The rapidly spreading Delta Covid-19 variant across the UK has forced lockdown restrictions in England to be extended, amid fears lifting measures could result in thousands of deaths.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed a month-long delay to ending lockdown on Monday (15 June), with the final stage of restrictions now pushed back to 19 July. The highly transmissible variant, first identified in India, now accounts for 96 per cent of all new Covid-19 cases in the UK and is 60 per cent more transmissible than other strains. Covid-19 cases have been rising across England with these 15 areas recording the biggest weekly rise in case rates per 100,000 people in the seven days to 9 June, compared with the seven days to 2 June. Images are for illustrative purposes only.