New data shows that case rates are still rising in some pockets of the country well into the third week of the national lockdown.

Thankfully, in most areas the strict restrictions appear to be working, as the country battles a second wave that continues to exceed the spring peak.

That can be said for Hertfordshire where all 10 boroughs continue to record a decline in their infection rates.

According to the latest figures compiled by the Press Association news agency, the vast majority of local authorities in England have seen a drop in cases in the seven days up to January 16.

Of the 315 local areas in England, 17 (5 per cent) have seen a rise in case rates, 296 (94 per cent) have seen a fall, while two are unchanged.

Most of the areas are seeing much slower increases than during December and the start of January, however the concern is that the areas are spread across the country.

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Redditch, in Worcestershire, has seen the biggest increase from 615.8 cases per 100,000 up to 686.1 cases per 100,000 in the seven days up to January 16, compared to the seven days up to January 9.

The next places on the list are Erewash in Derbyshire and Malvern Hills in Worcestershire.

The slowing increases are a positive sign that the country has passed the new peak in cases during the second wave.

However, reports yesterday (January 20) suggested that lockdown measures could be in place for months with the Prime Minister reportedly aiming for a Good Friday (April 2) easing of restrictions to allow for families to mix.

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The first review of lockdown measures will come towards the middle of next month, however no major changes are expected at that point beyond the possibility of schools reopening.

Full list of 10 places in England where infection rates are rising fastest:

Data from the Government’s dashboard comparing the seven days to January 16 with the seven days to January 9 – the most recent days are incomplete and omitted.

1. Redditch (up from 615.8 cases per 100,000 to 686.1 cases per 100,000)

2. Erewash (417.8 to 456.8)

3. Malvern Hills (302.4 to 340.5)

4. Preston (460.4 to 497.4)

5. Somerset West & Taunton (368.1 to 404.2)

6. West Devon (125.5 to 157.7)

7. Plymouth (297.6 to 326.6)

8. Ryedale (279.9 to 307.0)

9. North West Leicestershire (353.2 to 378.3)

10. South Holland (288.4 to 309.4)



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