According to the latest figures, the number of Covid-19 cases has started to decline in most local areas in England.
In just two of the nine regions, the majority of areas with a week-to-week increase are London and South East England.
However, it is too early to assess the full impact of the UK lockdown on the number of cases.
The nationwide restrictions began on Nov. 5, and the most recent figures refer to the week ending Nov. 18 – just 14 days after the close.
Since it can take up to two weeks for symptoms of Covid-19 to appear, and even more time for someone to be tested and the result processed, more data is needed to be sure about how and where the number of cases is falling.
But the latest figures suggest the numbers are moving in the right direction, although crucially not in all parts of England.
Health Minister Matt Hancock said: “I am very pleased to see in the data that the number of cases in the UK is clearly starting to decline. That is good news.”
Here’s a rundown of the latest case rates in each region, including the areas with the highest and lowest rates.
In all cases, the figures are for the week ending November 18 and have been calculated by the PA news agency using data published by Public Health England.
– South East England
This is the region with the highest rates in England.
Swale tops the list, where the rate is currently 631.7 cases per 100,000 people, up from 425.8.
Thanet also features in England’s top five, where the number is currently 515.1, up from 460.8.
The rate is increasing in 34 of the 67 municipalities in South East England.
Other areas with big leaps include Medway (from 256.3 to 384.8) and Gravesham (from 269.3 to 386.2).
The largest week-to-week decline was recorded in Oxford, where the rate fell from 256.5 to 152.8.
The Isle of Wight has the lowest rate in the region at 76.2, a slight increase from 74.8.
– Yorkshire and the Humber
Rates are declining in nearly every area of Yorkshire and the Humber – a reversal from last week, when most areas increased.
In the latest figures, only three of the 21 areas showed an increase: Craven, North Lincolnshire and Selby.
North Lincolnshire registered the largest increase in week-to-week rates, but this was only a small increase, from 412.1 to 448.1.
Scarborough saw the biggest drop, from 614.2 to 349.4.
Hull still has the highest percentage in the region and the second highest in all of England: 615.1, up from 785.3.
York has the lowest rate: 142.9, against 185.6.
– North West England
Rates have increased in just three of the 39 areas in North West England: Carlisle, Hyndburn and South Lakeland.
Hyndburn saw the largest increase, from 382.5 to 487.4.
This is also the highest rate in the region.
Oldham, which once had the highest rate in England, is down from 641.1 to 442.0 – the largest week-to-week drop in the Northwest.
Lancaster has the lowest rate: 119.1, against 149.3.
Liverpool continues to see rates fall sharply. The seven-day rate on Nov. 18 is 205.2, down from 662.2 when it entered Tier 3 of government restrictions on Oct. 14.
– North East England
Each of the 12 municipalities in North East England registered a drop in rates in the latest figures.
The largest decrease was in Gateshead, from 468.2 to 320.7.
Hartlepool’s rate is 514.6 – the fifth highest in England – at 531.7.
The lowest rate in the region is Northumberland: 274.2, up from 298.7.
The number of cases has increased in only three of the 40 local authorities in the East Midlands, all in the south of the region: Harborough, South Northamptonshire and Wellingborough.
But in some parts of the East Midlands, rates are still very high.
East Lindsey is the highest in the region, where the rate is currently 515.8, a slight decrease from 517.9.
This is also the third highest rate in all of England.
Rutland continues to record the lowest rate in the East Midlands, which has now dropped from 142.8 to 122.7.
The largest week-to-week decline occurred in Bolsover, from 480.4 to 340.1.
– West Midlands
Only five of the 30 West Midlands boroughs showed an increase in the latest figures: East Staffordshire, Herefordshire, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Nuneaton and Bedworth, and Wolverhampton.
Herefordshire made the largest jump of these, rising slightly from 153.0 to 165.5.
Telford and Wrekin saw the biggest drop, from 377.5 to 274.7.
However, rates are still high in some parts of the region.
Dudley has the highest: 505.3, down from 538.6.
Malvern Hills continues to record the lowest rate at 111.8, down slightly from 115.6.
Along with South East England, London is one of only two regions where most areas have seen an increase in the latest figures.
Of the 32 areas in London, 20 showed an increase, with the biggest jumps being Havering (up from 309.4 to 386.0), Enfield (up from 175.6 to 230.4) and Redbridge (up from 249.0) to 300.4).
Havering also has the highest rate in London.
Camden has the lowest, from 125.2 to 113.3.
The neighboring borough of Islington has seen the largest week-to-week drop, from 179.0 to 145.2.
– South West England
Bristol still has the highest rate in South West England, but it’s down from 485.6 to 434.4.
In total, 20 of the 29 municipalities in the region are now showing a decline.
Torbay had the largest week-to-week decline, from 226.8 to 156.3.
Teignbridge has the lowest rate: 64.1, against 75.3.
– East England
Seven of the 10 lowest rates in England are in East of England, including the lowest of all: Mid Suffolk, where the rate has dropped from 76.0 to 56.8.
In total, 27 of the 45 municipalities showed a decrease in the latest figures.
Great Yarmouth fell from 238.6 to 107.7.
Luton currently has the highest percentage: 293.4, against 266.6.