With cases on the up, NationalWorld explores the rolling rates among the over 60 population (image: NationalWorld/Kim Mogg)

Covid cases: the England areas where infection rates are highest among at-risk over 60s

The surging Covid cases in the UK have left the country behind the rest of Europe

Wednesday, 20th October 2021, 5:11 pm

The UK has recorded the largest daily rise in Covid cases since lockdown rules ended in England three months ago.

On Monday (18 October) there were 49,156 new infections reported - the highest leap since July - governmentdata shows.

This fell to 43,738 on Tuesday, the same day the UK recorded 223 deaths – the highest rate since March.

It comes one month into the NHS’s Covid booster jab campaign, targeting people at-risk.

Those aged over 60 have so far been given 1,963,828 top ups ahead of expected Covid cases over winter.

Downing Street has now said the Government will keep a “close watch” on the situation.

In council areas across England, Copeland, in western Cumbria, has the highest recorded weekly rate of Covid infections in those aged 60 and over, as of 12 October, the most recent period with council-level data.

Copeland tallied up 83 new cases in the seven days to 12 October, giving it the highest rate in England at 400.8 per 100,000 people aged 60 and over.

Leeds has seen the highest number of new cases among 60 and overs, with 467 recorded, a rate of 288.

As of 12 October, the Covid infection rate per 100,000 people of all ages in the UK was 410.8.

This has swiftly risen from a rate of 354.9 recorded just one week earlier on 6 October.

In England alone the rolling seven-day case rate stood at 410.4 per 100,000 people on 12 October.

The UK’s Covid rates have been under scrutiny this week and compared closely against European neighbours.

NationalWorld has analysed figures from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control to understand how the UK is falling behind.

France, which has a population of 67,320,216, has recorded a seven day case rate of 43.7 per 100,000 people.

The UK has a very similar population size of 67,081,000, according to Office for National Statistics data.

Listed below are the 15 areas in England where the case rates are highest for people aged 60 and over.

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