The 30 worst coronavirus hotspots in England have been revealed as coronavirus rates continue to rise in the UK.

The statistics, for the seven days to Sunday, September 27, are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the Government’s testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two).

Burnley has the highest rolling seven-day average, according to the latest data.

The region has recorded 291 new cases in the seven days to September 27 – the equivalent of 327.3 cases per 100,000 people, the Mirror reports.

Following behind is Knowsley, which has the second highest rate, up from 204.2 to 261.8, with 395 new cases.

In third place is Liverpool, where the rate of infection has jumped from 198.4 to 258.4, with 1,287 new cases.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a virtual press conference at Downing Street, London, following the announcement that the legal limit on social gatherings is set to be reduced from 30 people to six. The change in the law in England will come into force on Monday as the Government seeks to curb the rise in coronavirus cases.

It comes as SAGE experts warn that the country is “heading in the wrong direction” during Wednesday’s press conference.

PM Boris Johnson also added, if evidence requires it, that the government “will not hesitate to take further measures”.

The warning came shortly after the daily number of Covid-19 patients to die in UK hospitals had risen to 71 – of these, 43 fatalities were reported in England (as of Sept 30).

Top 30 areas in England with their infection rate (per 100,000) and the figure a week ago

Burnley: 327.3 up from 178.8

Knowsley: 261.8 up from 204.2

Liverpool: 258.4 up from 198.4

Newcastle upon Tyne: 255.6 up from 160.8

Manchester: 236.0 up from 172

St. Helens: 211.5 up from 128.5

Pendle: 207.4 up from 161.8

Halton: 205.5 up from 189.3

Preston: 197.7 up from 183.7

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Hyndburn: 195.0 up from 193.7

Sunderland: 183.3 up from 140.4

Sefton: 182.0 up from 121.9

Rochdale: 170.9 up from 146.6

Warrington: 163.3 up from 130.9

Salford: 161.5 up from, 143.7

Bradford: 151.9 up from 146.2

Northumberland: 149.2 up from 84.0

Tameside: 146.6 up from 137.8

Leeds: 138.3 up from 108.6

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Wigan: 135.7 up from 120.2

Gateshead: 135.1 up from 130.7

North Tyneside: 134.7 up from 97.2

Birmingham: 124.3 up from 121.7

West Lancashire: 123.4 up from 76.1

Middlesbrough: 121.3 up from 53.2

Hartlepool: 120.6 up from 79.0

Craven: 117.3 up from 78.8

Trafford: 115.0 up from 69.5

Fylde: 105.2 up from 66.8

Kirklees: 98.2 up from 92.3



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