Thursday’s update on Covid-19 case rates for every local authority area in England has been released by Public Health England.

Sandwell in the West Midlands is in third place, down from 383.3 to 271.0, with 890 new cases.

It comes as ministers begin to thrash out the exit strategy for the COVID lockdown, which England has been in since January.

The figures, for the seven days to February 14, are based on COVID tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the Government’s testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two).

The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.

Telford and the Wrekin is in the top 50, albeit with a rate under 200, alongside Tamworth and Dudley.

Redditch and Nuneaton, as well as South Staffordshire, have rates below 200 also – but remain in the top 50.

An empty Solihull as the third lockdown begins.
(Image: Darren Quinton/Birmingham Live)

Birmingham has a rate of 201, slightly higher than Cannock’s 199 cases per 100,000 people.

Wolverhampton is at 210, with Walsall at 234, and Sandwell at 271, which is higher than East Staffs’ rate of 243.

Data for the most recent four days (February 15-18) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

The list has been calculated by the PA news agency based on Public Health England data published on February 18 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Here is the list in full. From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to February 14; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to February 14; rate of new cases in the seven days to February 7; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to February 7.

Top 50

Corby, 317.1, (229), 429.3, (310)

Middlesbrough, 289.4, (408), 382.3, (539)

Sandwell, 271.0, (890), 383.3, (1259)

Ashfield, 269.7, (345), 308.8, (395)

St Helens, 263.0, (475), 350.0, (632)

Peterborough, 259.6, (525), 300.6, (608)

Leicester, 252.1, (893), 293.3, (1039)

Knowsley, 249.9, (377), 348.7, (526)

Mansfield, 244.3, (267), 344.0, (376)

East Staffordshire, 243.8, (292), 319.0, (382)

Kettering, 239.7, (244), 308.5, (314)

Walsall, 234.7, (670), 416.1, (1188)

Copeland, 234.7, (160), 180.4, (123)

Newark and Sherwood, 233.6, (286), 221.4, (271)

Bolton, 231.3, (665), 289.0, (831)

Luton, 227.6, (485), 317.8, (677)

Nottingham, 222.3, (740), 296.8, (988)

North West Leicestershire, 215.2, (223), 190.1, (197)

Rotherham, 214.0, (568), 222.3, (590)

Preston, 213.1, (305), 343.0, (491)

Fenland, 211.1, (215), 276.9, (282)

Wolverhampton, 210.0, (553), 306.8, (808)

Slough, 209.3, (313), 311.0, (465)

Bolsover, 206.1, (166), 281.8, (227)

Salford, 205.9, (533), 243.8, (631)

Bury, 205.2, (392), 210.5, (402)

Sunderland, 203.8, (566), 278.7, (774)

Birmingham, 201.9, (2305), 281.9, (3219)

Blackburn with Darwen, 199.7, (299), 303.9, (455)

South Derbyshire, 199.5, (214), 211.6, (227)

Cannock Chase, 199.5, (201), 225.3, (227)

Redcar and Cleveland, 198.3, (272), 215.8, (296)

Boston, 198.1, (139), 171.0, (120)

Erewash, 197.6, (228), 213.2, (246)

Stockton-on-Tees, 197.1, (389), 250.8, (495)

Tameside, 196.9, (446), 179.3, (406)

Wellingborough, 195.7, (156), 237.1, (189)

Derby, 195.1, (502), 255.7, (658)

South Staffordshire, 193.0, (217), 256.1, (288)

Rushcliffe, 193.0, (230), 196.3, (234)

Darlington, 192.9, (206), 203.2, (217)

Bradford, 192.3, (1038), 222.1, (1199)

Nuneaton and Bedworth, 191.7, (249), 204.8, (266)

Redditch, 190.0, (162), 283.8, (242)

Chesterfield, 188.8, (198), 205.9, (216)

Dudley, 188.4, (606), 238.2, (766)

Tamworth, 187.8, (144), 259.5, (199)

Liverpool, 187.3, (933), 269.3, (1341)

Doncaster, 187.2, (584), 186.0, (580)

Telford and Wrekin, 186.8, (336), 256.9, (462)

Rest of West Midlands:

North Warwickshire, 179.3, (117), 206.9, (135)

Solihull, 171.5, (371), 224.1, (485)

Rugby, 153.3, (167), 223.1, (243)

Stoke-on-Trent, 148.6, (381), 225.8, (579)

Lichfield, 148.0, (155), 233.9, (245)

Worcester, 144.2, (146), 225.2, (228)

Shropshire, 143.6, (464), 190.0, (614)

Wychavon, 138.3, (179), 199.3, (258)

Wyre Forest, 137.2, (139), 165.9, (168)

Stafford, 136.9, (188), 165.4, (227)

Bromsgrove, 116.1, (116), 182.2, (182)

Staffordshire Moorlands, 109.7, (108), 109.7, (108)

Malvern Hills, 106.7, (84), 134.7, (106)

Newcastle-under-Lyme, 105.8, (137), 158.4, (205)

Stratford-on-Avon, 84.6, (110), 113.0, (147)

Herefordshire, 77.8, (150), 87.1, (168)

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