More than half of local authorities across England have recorded a rise in coronavirus cases, according to the most recent data.

Of the 315 local areas in England, 168 (53 per cent) have seen a rise in rates, 135 (43 per cent) have seen a fall while 12 are unchanged.

The figures are based on the number of people who tested positive for Covid-19 in the seven days to April 24.

After a recent surge in cases, Cambridge remains one of the worst-affected areas in the country with an infection rate of 64.1 cases per 100,000 population, up from the previous week’s rate of 43.3.

That adds up to a total of 80 new cases, up from the 54 recorded the previous week.

As well as being the fifth worst-affected area in the country, Cambridge is also one of the areas with the biggest week-on-week rise in cases.

Cambridgeshire County Council published a plea to the public earlier this week urging them to stick to the rules to continue suppressing the virus.

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A spokesperson for the council said: “We continue to ask our communities to be aware of the symptoms of Covid and follow the guidance, such as ‘hands, face, space and fresh air’ to help protect yourself and those around you.

“In particular, we urge people not to mix socially indoors with anyone outside of their household or bubble at any time.”

Meanwhile, infection rates in Peterborough and Fenland now sit at 45.5 and 42.2 respectively.

Cases are reasonably low elsewhere in the county, with the rate of infection currently sitting at 16.3 for Huntingdonshire and 18.9 for East Cambridgeshire.

South Cambridgeshire’s rate of 25.8 is similar to the nationwide average of 24.8.

England’s deputy chief medical officer has suggested “we are at or close to the bottom” of levels of coronavirus cases in the UK as he hailed the public for sticking to lockdown measures.

Speaking at a Downing Street press briefing on Wednesday (April 28), Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said the numbers of people testing positive for Covid-19 were “in very low levels” and comparable to September last year, adding that the number of people in hospital due to the virus is expected to drop further.

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Looking ahead, he said vaccines could reduce a third wave of the virus, making it a “third upsurge” instead, but said it was “inconceivable” that there will not be further bumps in the road.

It comes as it was announced an extra 60 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus jab have been secured for a booster vaccination programme in the autumn.

Prof Van-Tam said: “We are really in very low levels that are comparable to where we were in September last year.

“We are running as a typical seven-day average at just over 2,000 people testing positive per day.

“My sense is that probably we are at or close to the bottom at the moment in terms of this level of disease in the UK.”

Cambridgeshire coronavirus infection rates

  • Cambridge: 64.1 (up from 43.3)
  • Peterborough: 45.5 (down from 51.9)
  • Fenland: 42.2 (down from 56.9)
  • South Cambridgeshire: 25.8 (up from 18.2)
  • East Cambridgeshire: 18.9 (up from 14.5)
  • Huntingdonshire: 16.3 (down from 21.9)

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