Coronavirus: New cases rise in 36 local authorities in England

July 02, 2020

The number of COVID-19 cases has gone up in 36 local authority areas in England.

Knowsley, Bolton, and Hammersmith and Fulham experienced the biggest increases in the rate per 100,000 people.

In Knowsley, Merseyside, the rate of infection has gone up from 6 people per 100,000 to 20/100,000.

In Bolton, which is part of Greater Manchester, the rate has increased from 16/100,000 to 23 and in Hammersmith and Fulham, west London, the rate has changed from 6/100,000 to 12.

In all but one of the 36 authority areas, the rate has increased by less than 10/100,000.

The figures from Public Health England cover the week up to 28 June, and are compared with the week before.

The increase has been one or less than one per 100,000 population in 10 upper tier local authorities.

The latest figures show the results of testing for coronavirus under what is known as pillar 1 and 2 tests.

Previously, the government only made public the results of what is known as pillar 1 tests.

This is the number of patients and staff testing as positive in hospitals and PHE labs.

Positive cases identified in testing centres, known as pillar 2, have not been made public until this week.

Initially, most of the tests were carried out under pillar 1, but more than three quarters of new cases are now being identified in the wider community and that is what pillar 2 measures.

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