A Yorkshire town is now England’s Covid hotspot after coming out on top in the latest infection rates list.

Acorrding to the latest daily figures published on April 21, Doncaster has the worst coronavirus rate in England, with five other Yorkshire towns and cities making it into the top 10.

In the seven days to April 17, the South Yorkshire town recorded 229 new cases – the equivalent of 73.4 cases per 100,000 people. This meant it leapfrogged Luton, which had the highest infection rate, according to data released on April 20.

Despite Doncaster coming out on top, the latest figure is down slightly from 85.3 in the seven days to April 10.

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Other towns, cities and districts in Yorkshire that appeared in the top 10 include Bradford (4), Hull (6), Kirklees (8), Barnsley (9) and Rotherham (10).

Of the 315 local areas in England, 102 (32 per cent) have seen a rise in rates, 202 (64 per cent) have seen a fall and 11 are unchanged.

Across Yorkshire, there has been a significant decrease seen in the rates.

The list has been calculated by the PA news agency based on Public Health England data published on April 21 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Data for the most recent four days (April 18-21) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

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 April 17; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to April 17; rate of new cases in the seven days to April 10; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to April 10.

  • Doncaster, 73.4, (229), 85.3, (266) ↓
  • Bradford, 61.1, (330), 93.2, (503) ↓
  • Hull, 60.1, (156), 62.4, (162) ↓
  • Kirklees, 57.8, (254), 78.2, (344) ↓
  • Barnsley, 57.1, (141), 89.9, (222) ↓
  • Rotherham, 54.3, (144), 75.7, (201) ↓
  • Sheffield, 48.0, (281), 66.2, (387) ↓
  • Wakefield, 47.9, (167), 77.2, (269 )↓
  • Selby, 46.3, (42), 41.9, (38) ↑
  • Leeds, 44.0, (349), 61.3, (486) ↓
  • East Riding of Yorkshire, 38.4, (131), 44.0, (150) ↓
  • Calderdale, 29.8, (63), 28.8, (61) ↑
  • Craven, 28.0, (16), 36.8, (21) ↓
  • Harrogate, 24.2, (39), 18.0, (29) ↑
  • Scarborough, 21.1, (23), 21.1, (23) unchanged
  • Redcar and Cleveland, 21.1, (29), 19.0, (26) ↑
  • Richmondshire, 20.5, (11), 16.8, (9) ↑
  • Ryedale, 19.9, (11), 25.3, (14) ↓
  • York, 15.2, (32), 10.9, (23) ↑

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