Covid cases fall in nearly all English regions despite return of schools - how your area compares

Infection rates have fallen 13% since children returned to school more than two weeks ago. Here is what the situation is like in your local area.

Covid infection rates have plunged across England in recent weeks.

Official figures from the UK Government show infection rates dropped by 13% between 31 August and 14 September, with positive infection rates per 100,000 people starting at 304.8 and then dropping to 265.

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The figures provide a cautiously optimistic signal that England may not be following the same trend as Scotland who saw infection rates skyrocket when children returned to the classroom in mid-August.

What are infection rates like in your local area?

According to the data, more than 4,100, or 60% of neighbourhoods across England saw a fall in infection rates between the seven days ending 31 August and the seven days ending 14 September, covering the time children across the country returned to school.

Just over a third (36%) of neighbourhoods saw a rise in infection rates for the same time period.

The data is based on when tests were taken. Some pupils returned to school on Wednesday 1 September while the remainder went back on Monday 6 September. The data should now reflect the first two weeks back at school.

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Skipton North and Barden Fell in Craven and Frampton Cotterell in South Gloucestershire have seen the greatest drop in infection rates. The neighbourhoods have seen 14-day infection rates drop by 88%.

However, not all neighbourhoods have seen a drop in rates. More than 2,4000 areas saw a rise in infection rates between 31 August and 14 September, with Wickham Market & Melton in East Suffolk reporting a 600% surge in case rates.

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Cokeham & Sompting in Adur also saw a big rise in infection rates with the neighbourhood recording a 543% increase during the same time period.

Regionally, only the North East has seen a rise in infection rates. The region recorded a positive infection rate of 328.6 on 31 August and 337.1 on 14 September, a 3% increase.

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The North West recorded almost no change in infection rates while the rest of the country experienced a drop in infection rates. The South West saw the greatest drop in figures with the region recording 354.6 positive cases per 100,000 on 31 August to 202 on 14 September.

The next stage of the vaccine rollout

More than 81% of the UK’s adult population have now been fully vaccinated against coronavirus. In a bid to manage the pandemic through autumn and winter booster jabs are now being rolled out across the country.

Millions of vulnerable people are now being offered a coronavirus booster vaccine. Care home residents, health and social care workers, people aged over 50, those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions and adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals will be prioritised.

Children aged 12 to 15 are also now eligible for first dose vaccination.

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