The UK’s rocketing coronavirus rates are now beginning to slow, official figures show.

Wakefield areas with highest Covid infections in the past week

Coronavirus cases are rising in nearly all parts of the UK, official figures show.

By Leanne Clarke
Thursday, 24th March 2022, 10:14 am
Updated Thursday, 24th March 2022, 10:17 am

They are also on the up in many neighbourhoods within the Wakefield district.

There were 570,550 positive cases in the UK in the week ending March 17, a huge 39% jump on the week before.

In Wakefield, the number of new cases, based on tests taken from March 11 to 17 was 1,634.

The rate of new cases per 100,000 bsaed on tests taken from March 11 to 17 was 464.7 - a 62.7% increase.

Compared with the rest of the UK for the biggest rise in that week, the district is ranked 65th.

The lifting of many restrictions, waning effectiveness of boosters and the spread of the highly contagious BA.2 ‘stealth Omicron’ variant have all been touted as potential reasons for rising infection rates.

The figures include both positive PCR and lateral flow tests, except in Wales where only PCRs are counted.

They include people infected with Covid-19 for the first time as well as reinfections.

At neighbourhood level, Covid-19 case rates have been published for the week to March 17.

Here are the neighbourhoods in Wakefield with the biggest rise in case rates in the past week.

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