Huge surge in coronavirus rate in Craven in last week

The coronavirus rate in a Yorkshire area has surged in the last week, according to new figures.
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The rate in Craven, a district which includes Skipton, has risen from 1.8 to 22.8 in just one week - an increase of 1,167%.

A total of 13 new cases were recorded in the area in the seven days to August 15.

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The figures, for the seven days to August 15, are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the Government's testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two).

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The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.

Data for the most recent three days (August 16-18) has been excluded as it is incomplete and likely to be revised.

Northampton continues to have the highest rate in the country - attributed to an outbreak at the Greencore sandwich factory.

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A total of 279 new cases were recorded in the town in the seven days to August 15, the equivalent of 124.2 per 100,000 people - up from 38.7 in the seven days to August 8.

In Blackburn with Darwen the rate has risen from 68.1 to 86.2, with 129 new cases.

Oldham is third, but the rate has dropped from 109.7 to 83.1 with 197 new cases.

In Leicester the rate continues to fall, down from 66.6 to 50.5 with 179 new cases.

Other areas recording notable week-on-week jumps include:

- Manchester (up from 37.3 to 47.6, with 263 new cases)

- Salford (up from 27.4 to 36.7, with 95 new cases)

- Kirklees (up from 30.0 to 35.7, with 157 new cases)

- Birmingham (up from 19.7 to 31.7, with 362 new cases)

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The list has been calculated by the PA news agency and is based on Public Health England data published on August 18 on the Government's coronavirus online dashboard.

The rate in Leeds has dropped in the last week, from 18.5 (147 cases) to 12 (95 new cases).

How can I keep the infection rate down?

We all have a role to play in doing this. The advice is the same for everyone, whatever age you are and wherever you live.

Keep social distancing, wash your hands regularly and isolate and get tested if you have symptoms.

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Please do not organise or attend an event that is likely to attract a crowd of more than 30 people.

Wearing a face covering is compulsory in shops and supermarkets. This is another easy way you can help. You may not know you are infectious. You may have no symptoms at all but that very same virus could be fatal for someone else.

When used correctly, wearing a face covering can reduce the spread of coronavirus droplets, helping to protect others.

Why is it important to get tested?

It’s important for you to protect yourself from the virus, but it’s equally as important to protect other people.

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Testing helps you stop the virus from spreading within our community. If we stop the virus from spreading, numbers of infections will go down and we will be able to get our freedoms back and keep our community safe.

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Thank you

Laura Collins