There is a massive variation in Covid-19 infection figures as England prepares to emerge from the third national lockdown.

New figures have revealed that some parts of the country have infection rates 40 times higher than other areas.

From March 8, the Mirror reports that England will begin to exit the third and potentially final national lockdown as one instead of a regional or tiered approach.

But critics have pointed to large disparities between rates in the North and Midlands and those in the South.

The Government has been warned not to repeat last year’s mistake, when the rules were relaxed while rates were still high in the North, leading to a fresh surge in cases and local lockdowns.

This time around though, vaccines are available and the Government is taking a slower, four-step approach with at least five weeks between each stage.

According to the latest data, Corby in Northamptonshire has England’s highest rate (329.6 cases per 100,000 people for the seven days to February 18), which is 45 times higher than the country’s lowest rate (7.2 in West Devon).

Middlesbrough town centre looking towards the Eston Hills

Middlesbrough town centre looking towards the Eston Hills

Middlesbrough has the second highest rate (285.1), followed by Peterborough (270.0), Sandwell (261.8) and Leicester (253.5).

The lowest rates are found in the South. After West Devon, Torridge has the second lowest rate (11.7), followed by South Hams (18.4), North Devon (22.6) and Rother (32.3).

Of the 315 local areas in England, 43 (14 per cent) have seen a week-on-week rise in case rates, 267 (85 per cent) have seen a fall and five are unchanged.

Of the 43 areas to record a week-on-week rise, the top five are:

  1. Rutland (up from 182.8 to 237.9)
  2. Craven (43.8 to 80.5)
  3. Brentwood (83.1 to 118.1)
  4. Tamworth (203.4 to 236.0)
  5. Malvern Hills (104.2 to 136.0)

Rutland’s rise has been blamed on a Covid outbreak at a prison.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, who was involved in a tense showdown with No10 over support for businesses during the tier-system, was among those warning the Government not to loosen restrictions too quickly.

He said: “It remains a very firm Greater Manchester view, that we should see a national phased approach.

“We do not want to see any return to the regional or sub-regional tiers which we do not believe worked, were confusing and divisive.

Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham

Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham
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“Please let’s not repeat the mistakes of 2020, with new strains around.

“Tiers in my view won’t be able to provide an adequate defence, they didn’t provide an adequate defence against the original strain, and I don’t believe they will do so against any variant strains of the virus.”

Setting out his four-step plan on Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson defended his “cautious but also irreversible” approach to relaxing restrictions, saying he would not be “buccaneering” with people’s lives.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Despite billing it as a “one-way road to freedom”, he admitted, however, he could not guarantee that the vaccination programme will prevent restrictions from ever returning.

What is the rate in my local area?

The figures, for the seven days to February 18, are based on 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.

Data for the most recent four days (February 19-22) 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 22 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 18; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to February 18; rate of new cases in the seven days to February 11; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to February 11.

Corby, 329.6, (238), 347.6, (251)

Middlesbrough, 285.1, (402), 316.4, (446)

Peterborough, 270.0, (546), 276.9, (560)

Sandwell, 261.8, (860), 310.5, (1020)

Leicester, 253.5, (898), 254.4, (901)

Ashfield, 253.3, (324), 297.1, (380)

St. Helens, 239.8, (433), 285.2, (515)

Rutland, 237.9, (95), 182.8, (73)

Tamworth, 236.0, (181), 203.4, (156)

Preston, 234.7, (336), 254.3, (364)

Mansfield, 232.4, (254), 262.5, (287)

Bolton, 228.8, (658), 269.5, (775)

North Warwickshire, 226.8, (148), 196.1, (128)

North West Leicestershire, 224.9, (233), 202.7, (210)

Slough, 224.0, (335), 210.6, (315)

Luton, 223.4, (476), 277.4, (591)

East Staffordshire, 223.0, (267), 253.0, (303)

Redditch, 222.8, (190), 202.9, (173)

Wellingborough, 222.1, (177), 203.2, (162)

Bury, 219.9, (420), 206.3, (394)

Kettering, 219.1, (223), 264.3, (269)

Bradford, 204.7, (1105), 214.2, (1156)

Charnwood, 203.9, (379), 182.4, (339)

Newark and Sherwood, 203.4, (249), 258.1, (316)

Erewash, 202.0, (233), 190.7, (220)

Salford, 198.6, (514), 212.1, (549)

Doncaster, 198.5, (619), 186.3, (581)

Tameside, 196.9, (446), 196.5, (445)

Fenland, 196.4, (200), 245.5, (250)

Nottingham, 195.9, (652), 251.1, (836)

Walsall, 195.1, (557), 296.7, (847)

Stockton-on-Tees, 193.1, (381), 201.7, (398)

Bassetlaw, 189.0, (222), 211.1, (248)

Wolverhampton, 188.3, (496), 236.2, (622)

Wakefield, 188.0, (655), 182.6, (636)

Gedling, 187.5, (221), 218.0, (257)

Hartlepool, 185.8, (174), 178.3, (167)

Telford and Wrekin, 185.2, (333), 205.7, (370)

Rotherham, 185.0, (491), 211.4, (561)

Sunderland, 184.4, (512), 230.5, (640)

A reflection of the Northern Spire Bridge on the River Wear in Sunderland.

Broxtowe, 183.3, (209), 162.2, (185)

Calderdale, 181.6, (384), 196.7, (416)

Bolsover, 181.2, (146), 214.7, (173)

Rushcliffe, 180.4, (215), 189.6, (226)

Kirklees, 180.1, (792), 185.1, (814)

Blackburn with Darwen, 179.0, (268), 241.2, (361)

Nuneaton and Bedworth, 177.9, (231), 173.2, (225)

Derby, 177.6, (457), 207.1, (533)

Dudley, 177.2, (570), 195.9, (630)

Knowsley, 176.3, (266), 294.3, (444)

Stockport, 175.5, (515), 188.8, (554)

Boston, 175.3, (123), 178.1, (125)

Barnsley, 175.0, (432), 191.2, (472)

South Derbyshire, 174.3, (187), 205.1, (220)

Birmingham, 174.1, (1988), 234.7, (2680)

Manchester, 173.1, (957), 194.8, (1077)

Barrow-in-Furness, 173.0, (116), 150.6, (101)

Leeds, 172.6, (1369), 171.1, (1357)

South Holland, 172.6, (164), 166.3, (158)

Northampton, 171.0, (384), 213.3, (479)

Rochdale, 170.9, (380), 195.1, (434)

Cannock Chase, 170.7, (172), 221.3, (223)

Blaby, 170.4, (173), 183.2, (186)

Oadby and Wigston, 170.1, (97), 154.3, (88)

Wigan, 169.8, (558), 177.1, (582)

Liverpool, 169.1, (842), 220.3, (1097)

Redcar and Cleveland, 168.4, (231), 191.0, (262)

Chesterfield, 166.8, (175), 183.0, (192)

Darlington, 166.7, (178), 198.5, (212)

Chorley, 165.8, (196), 200.5, (237)

West Lancashire, 165.3, (189), 182.8, (209)

Hinckley and Bosworth, 165.3, (187), 156.4, (177)

South Ribble, 163.4, (181), 224.8, (249)

Oldham, 161.1, (382), 179.7, (426)

Lancaster, 158.2, (231), 147.2, (215)

Coventry, 156.9, (583), 173.1, (643)

East Northamptonshire, 156.6, (148), 158.7, (150)

North Tyneside, 155.8, (324), 155.4, (323)

(Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

South Staffordshire, 155.6, (175), 215.2, (242)

Halton, 154.5, (200), 199.4, (258)

Hounslow, 153.2, (416), 200.0, (543)

Southampton, 150.9, (381), 161.6, (408)

Rugby, 150.5, (164), 180.8, (197)

Harborough, 150.3, (141), 182.3, (171)

Hull, 147.0, (382), 165.9, (431)

South Tyneside, 146.4, (221), 150.4, (227)

Allerdale, 146.3, (143), 168.8, (165)

Bedford, 146.0, (253), 223.3, (387)

Tendring, 145.3, (213), 185.6, (272)

North East Derbyshire, 144.9, (147), 155.7, (158)

Wycombe, 144.9, (253), 150.6, (263)

Stoke-on-Trent, 144.3, (370), 165.4, (424)

Wyre Forest, 144.1, (146), 141.2, (143)

Blackpool, 142.7, (199), 157.8, (220)

Copeland, 142.3, (97), 242.0, (165)

Pendle, 142.2, (131), 181.3, (167)

Stevenage, 140.0, (123), 201.5, (177)

Great Yarmouth, 139.9, (139), 129.9, (129)

Woking, 139.9, (141), 139.9, (141)

Hyndburn, 139.4, (113), 166.6, (135)

County Durham, 139.4, (739), 171.7, (910)

Arun, 139.3, (224), 156.1, (251)

Hillingdon, 139.1, (427), 187.0, (574)

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, 136.3, (539), 169.2, (669)

Warrington, 136.2, (286), 195.2, (410)

Crawley, 136.1, (153), 193.0, (217)

Malvern Hills, 136.0, (107), 104.2, (82)

Ealing, 135.5, (463), 215.6, (737)

Wychavon, 135.2, (175), 157.6, (204)

Lichfield, 134.6, (141), 169.9, (178)

Sefton, 134.6, (372), 208.0, (575)

Shropshire, 134.3, (434), 153.5, (496)

Solihull, 133.6, (289), 206.1, (446)

Gosport, 132.0, (112), 123.8, (105)

High Peak, 131.7, (122), 142.4, (132)

Trafford, 131.4, (312), 135.2, (321)

Milton Keynes, 131.4, (354), 131.4, (354)

Daventry, 130.3, (112), 147.8, (127)

Cheshire West and Chester, 130.0, (446), 147.8, (507)

South Kesteven, 128.5, (183), 128.5, (183)

Ribble Valley, 128.1, (78), 175.7, (107)

Sheffield, 127.2, (744), 133.0, (778)

East Riding of Yorkshire, 125.7, (429), 127.8, (436)

Fylde, 125.0, (101), 149.8, (121)

Breckland, 125.0, (175), 150.0, (210)

Barking and Dagenham, 124.9, (266), 171.0, (364)

Fareham, 124.7, (145), 115.3, (134)

Huntingdonshire, 124.7, (222), 147.2, (262)

Sedgemoor, 124.2, (153), 142.9, (176)

Portsmouth, 121.4, (261), 161.9, (348)

Amber Valley, 121.0, (155), 176.4, (226)

Wyre, 120.4, (135), 115.1, (129)

North Kesteven, 119.7, (140), 123.2, (144)

Brentwood, 118.1, (91), 83.1, (64)

West Lindsey, 118.1, (113), 113.9, (109)

Bristol, 118.0, (547), 164.0, (760)

Welwyn Hatfield, 117.8, (145), 192.6, (237)

Wirral, 117.0, (379), 146.9, (476)

North East Lincolnshire, 116.6, (186), 97.8, (156)

Spelthorne, 116.2, (116), 177.3, (177)

Gateshead, 115.3, (233), 146.0, (295)

Saltwell park, Gateshead
(Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

Rossendale, 114.7, (82), 146.9, (105)

Worcester, 114.6, (116), 171.9, (174)

Stafford, 114.4, (157), 138.4, (190)

Northumberland, 114.1, (368), 125.6, (405)

Lincoln, 113.8, (113), 120.8, (120)

Eastleigh, 113.8, (152), 125.0, (167)

Burnley, 113.6, (101), 163.1, (145)

Thurrock, 112.4, (196), 127.9, (223)

Brent, 111.6, (368), 179.5, (592)

Cheshire East, 110.4, (424), 130.7, (502)

Harrow, 109.5, (275), 155.3, (390)

South Gloucestershire, 109.1, (311), 159.2, (454)

Bromsgrove, 108.1, (108), 146.2, (146)

Harlow, 108.0, (94), 156.2, (136)

Carlisle, 107.7, (117), 140.8, (153)

Newcastle upon Tyne, 107.7, (326), 119.2, (361)

Oxford, 107.6, (164), 109.5, (167)

Norwich, 107.4, (151), 167.9, (236)

South Bucks, 105.6, (74), 125.6, (88)

Merton, 104.6, (216), 168.5, (348)

Melton, 103.5, (53), 132.8, (68)

Aylesbury Vale, 103.3, (206), 148.4, (296)

King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, 103.0, (156), 163.8, (248)

Test Valley, 103.0, (130), 111.0, (140)

Gravesham, 102.9, (110), 101.9, (109)

Redbridge, 102.2, (312), 128.1, (391)

Newham, 101.9, (360), 150.4, (531)

Castle Point, 101.8, (92), 110.6, (100)

Swindon, 101.7, (226), 101.7, (226)

Colchester, 101.7, (198), 104.3, (203)

Newcastle-under-Lyme, 101.2, (131), 123.6, (160)

Three Rivers, 100.7, (94), 116.8, (109)

Wiltshire, 99.8, (499), 115.2, (576)

Rushmoor, 99.4, (94), 146.9, (139)

Kingston upon Thames, 98.6, (175), 127.3, (226)

West Berkshire, 98.5, (156), 108.6, (172)

Derbyshire Dales, 98.2, (71), 116.1, (84)

Central Bedfordshire, 98.0, (283), 138.6, (400)

Hammersmith and Fulham, 97.8, (181), 159.3, (295)

Harrogate, 97.0, (156), 98.2, (158)

Surrey Heath, 96.3, (86), 78.4, (70)

Selby, 96.0, (87), 129.1, (117)

Croydon, 95.9, (371), 126.7, (490)

Cherwell, 95.7, (144), 96.3, (145)

Herefordshire, 95.4, (184), 73.7, (142)

Warwick, 94.6, (136), 116.9, (168)

Ryedale, 93.9, (52), 92.1, (51)

Stratford-on-Avon, 93.8, (122), 87.6, (114)

Richmondshire, 93.1, (50), 119.1, (64)

Southend-on-Sea, 92.3, (169), 125.1, (229)

North Lincolnshire, 92.3, (159), 100.4, (173)

Bracknell Forest, 92.2, (113), 110.2, (135)

Rochford, 91.6, (80), 97.3, (85)

Dartford, 90.6, (102), 110.1, (124)

Havering, 90.5, (235), 137.2, (356)

Staffordshire Moorlands, 89.4, (88), 112.8, (111)

Basildon, 89.2, (167), 88.7, (166)

Waltham Forest, 88.8, (246), 121.7, (337)

Hertsmere, 88.6, (93), 132.5, (139)

Bexley, 88.2, (219), 113.6, (282)

Ipswich, 86.9, (119), 115.4, (158)

Reading, 86.5, (140), 128.6, (208)

Epsom and Ewell, 85.6, (69), 106.7, (86)

Sutton, 85.3, (176), 129.4, (267)

Lambeth, 85.3, (278), 128.5, (419)

North Somerset, 84.6, (182), 94.9, (204)

Barnet, 83.9, (332), 119.7, (474)

Dorset, 82.4, (312), 107.3, (406)

Watford, 81.8, (79), 164.6, (159)

Broxbourne, 81.2, (79), 124.4, (121)

Havant, 80.8, (102), 113.3, (143)

Swale, 80.6, (121), 97.3, (146)

Craven, 80.5, (46), 43.8, (25)

Kensington and Chelsea, 80.1, (125), 98.6, (154)

Braintree, 79.9, (122), 144.2, (220)

Thanet, 78.9, (112), 86.0, (122)

Runnymede, 78.3, (70), 168.9, (151)

Basingstoke and Deane, 78.2, (138), 107.6, (190)

East Hertfordshire, 78.1, (117), 76.1, (114)

Broadland, 78.0, (102), 89.5, (117)

Hambleton, 76.4, (70), 139.7, (128)

Tandridge, 76.0, (67), 107.8, (95)

Torbay, 75.6, (103), 102.0, (139)

Mid Sussex, 75.5, (114), 84.1, (127)

Medway, 75.4, (210), 97.3, (271)

Chichester, 75.1, (91), 128.0, (155)

Forest of Dean, 74.9, (65), 80.7, (70)

East Cambridgeshire, 74.6, (67), 109.1, (98)

Lewes, 74.6, (77), 90.1, (93)

Worthing, 74.2, (82), 108.5, (120)

Winchester, 72.9, (91), 72.1, (90)

North Hertfordshire, 72.6, (97), 133.3, (178)

Wandsworth, 72.5, (239), 116.5, (384)

Haringey, 72.2, (194), 108.7, (292)

New Forest, 72.2, (130), 98.3, (177)

Somerset West and Taunton, 71.6, (111), 115.4, (179)

Ashford, 71.5, (93), 113.0, (147)

St Albans, 71.4, (106), 119.9, (178)

Dover, 70.3, (83), 74.5, (88)

Greenwich, 70.2, (202), 114.3, (329)

Stroud, 70.0, (84), 114.2, (137)

Windsor and Maidenhead, 69.3, (105), 103.0, (156)

Chelmsford, 69.0, (123), 109.9, (196)

Enfield, 68.9, (230), 116.8, (390)

South Lakeland, 68.5, (72), 83.7, (88)

York, 67.9, (143), 93.5, (197)

Chiltern, 67.8, (65), 102.2, (98)

Southwark, 67.1, (214), 85.6, (273)

East Suffolk, 66.9, (167), 75.8, (189)

Cambridge, 66.5, (83), 78.5, (98)

Uttlesford, 65.7, (60), 87.6, (80)

Richmond upon Thames, 65.7, (130), 101.0, (200)

Hackney and City of London, 65.3, (190), 86.3, (251)

Dacorum, 65.3, (101), 105.3, (163)

West Suffolk, 64.8, (116), 82.1, (147)

Epping Forest, 64.5, (85), 87.3, (115)

Reigate and Banstead, 64.5, (96), 111.6, (166)

Mid Devon, 64.4, (53), 100.8, (83)

Elmbridge, 64.3, (88), 85.5, (117)

Hastings, 63.7, (59), 128.4, (119)

Maidstone, 62.9, (108), 105.3, (181)

Folkestone and Hythe, 62.8, (71), 110.6, (125)

South Oxfordshire, 61.2, (87), 87.3, (124)

Babergh, 60.8, (56), 54.3, (50)

South Norfolk, 60.3, (85), 77.4, (109)

Eden, 60.1, (32), 137.1, (73)

Tewkesbury, 60.0, (57), 53.7, (51)

Guildford, 59.7, (89), 95.3, (142)

Sevenoaks, 59.6, (72), 72.0, (87)

Mole Valley, 59.6, (52), 110.0, (96)

Vale of White Horse, 59.6, (81), 72.8, (99)

Exeter, 59.4, (78), 67.0, (88)

South Northamptonshire, 59.3, (56), 85.7, (81)

Hart, 57.7, (56), 76.2, (74)

Bromley, 57.2, (190), 102.0, (339)

Scarborough, 57.0, (62), 80.9, (88)

Maldon, 57.0, (37), 98.6, (64)

Mendip, 56.2, (65), 80.5, (93)

Lewisham, 55.9, (171), 101.4, (310)

South Cambridgeshire, 55.3, (88), 96.2, (153)

East Hampshire, 54.0, (66), 112.8, (138)

Wokingham, 53.8, (92), 84.7, (145)

Brighton and Hove, 53.6, (156), 75.6, (220)

Westminster, 53.6, (140), 83.4, (218)

Eastbourne, 53.0, (55), 108.0, (112)

Camden, 53.0, (143), 76.3, (206)

South Somerset, 52.3, (88), 71.9, (121)

North Norfolk, 51.5, (54), 56.3, (59)

Adur, 51.3, (33), 76.2, (49)

Bath and North East Somerset, 50.7, (98), 87.4, (169)

Waverley, 50.7, (64), 84.7, (107)

Tower Hamlets, 50.5, (164), 86.8, (282)

Isle of Wight, 49.4, (70), 107.9, (153)

Wealden, 48.9, (79), 76.2, (123)

Teignbridge, 48.4, (65), 64.8, (87)

Mid Suffolk, 48.1, (50), 52.0, (54)

Plymouth, 48.1, (126), 48.1, (126)

East Devon, 47.2, (69), 67.0, (98)

Tonbridge and Malling, 46.9, (62), 47.7, (63)

Tunbridge Wells, 46.3, (55), 66.5, (79)

East Lindsey, 45.9, (65), 74.1, (105)

Gloucester, 44.9, (58), 88.3, (114)

West Oxfordshire, 44.3, (49), 72.3, (80)

Horsham, 43.1, (62), 96.0, (138)

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, 39.7, (227), 70.8, (405)

Islington, 38.8, (94), 89.1, (216)

Canterbury, 38.7, (64), 55.0, (91)

Cheltenham, 33.5, (39), 73.9, (86)

Cotswold, 32.3, (29), 66.8, (60)

Rother, 32.3, (31), 50.0, (48)

North Devon, 22.6, (22), 23.7, (23)

South Hams, 18.4, (16), 31.0, (27)

Torridge, 11.7, (8), 14.6, (10)

West Devon, 7.2, (4), 21.5, (12)

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