The East Midlands has the highest coronavirus infection rate of anywhere in England.
Newly released data from Covid-19 Surveillance Report from Public Health England show rates of infection falling across the nation.
Positive cases recorded are now as low as they were in September, which is better than anytime in the past four months but still “concerning”.
By comparison, at the end of 2020 around 350,000 positive tests were returned in a single week, whereas that figure is now down to around 70,000.
Infection rates are down across all age groups but remain the highest among 30 to 39-year-olds, with 192.5 cases per 100,000 members of that bracket.
Case rates have also fallen across all regions at fairly similar paces.
The South West has the lowest infection rates at 87.4/100,000, while the East Midlands has the highest at 176.7/100,000.
Dr Yvonne Doyle, medical director at Public Health England, said, said the falling numbers were not a reason for people to be less diligent.
“Our efforts are working as case rates, hospitalisation rates and deaths are slowly falling,” she said.
“The number of new infections is higher than the end of September and remains concerning.
“This could increase very quickly if we do not follow the current measures.
“Although it is difficult, we must continue to stay home and protect lives.”
Dr Doyle urged people to get vaccinated when it becomes their turn.
“Each day more and more people are becoming vaccinated, when you are offered an appointment please do take it,” she continued.
“It does not give you the freedom to stop following the rules as you could still spread the virus.
“For now, please continue to play your part by staying at home.”
The number of acute respiratory infection incidents – also known as suspected outbreaks – in England was 541 this week, compared to 767 the week before.
The hospital admission rate for Covid-19 has fallen and was 14.64 per 100,000, compared to 19.40 per 100,000 in the previous week.
Hospital admission rates for Covid-19 continue to be highest in the West Midlands with a rate of 20.58
The highest hospital admission rates continue to be those aged 85 and above.