CORONAVIRUS cases are still rising in 23 places in England and this map shows that clusters of the virus have erupted in the South of the country.
Data from Public Health England (PHE) states that cases have fallen in 92 per cent of areas in the last seven days.
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This means that infection levels have dropped in 291 areas in the UK and data published yesterday also revealed that cases have fallen in all English regions.
In the south east of England, several hotspot areas have been detected with both Kent and Surrey forming a cluster of cases in the region.
Data shows that in the region as a whole, there are currently over half a million people with Covid-19.
That’s a stark contrast to the North East, where no hotspot areas have been detected – with the region currently at 185,392 cases.
Another cluster of cases has also emerged in the south west of England with hotspot areas in Devon and Somerset.
Cases in the South West as a whole are relatively low and at present, government data states that a total of 213,784 people have tested positive for the virus.
Data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) today, also shows that clusters could be forming in these areas.
It states that there are early signs of a possible increase in the number of people testing positive in the South West and South East of the country in the week ending March 6.
Rates have decreased in the North East, North West, East Midlands, East of England and London, with the trend being uncertain in Yorkshire and The Humber and the West Midlands, the ONS stated.
Figures from PHE’s surveillance report state that as of 9am on March 9, 3.7 million people have tested positive for Covid-19.
This is a slight increase from last weeks infection levels when 3.6 million had tested positive.
Increased surge testing has been in place over the last few weeks due to the detection of the South African and Brazilian variant.
The slight increase in positive cases reported by PHE could be down to the increased testing in some areas.
As well as increased testing, over 23 million Brits have now received a first dose of either the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab or the Pfizer/BioNTech offering with over 1.3 million having had their second.
Dr Yvonne Doyle, medical director at PHE said the uptake of vaccines, as well as Brits adhering to social distancing measures have all made a difference when it comes to driving down infection rates.
But there are some areas where infection levels have seen a slight increase in the last seven days.
In the seven days up to March 7, data from PHE shows that there are still 23 places where cases are rising.
The Derbyshire Dales has the highest rate in England, with 130 new cases recorded in the seven days to March 7 – the equivalent of 179.7 cases per 100,000 people.
This is up from 60.8 per 100,000 in the seven days to February 28.
It is also one of the 23 areas that have seen a rise in cases as well as Rotherham in South Yorkshire, where cases have jumped from 137.5 per 100,000 to 148.4.
Another area where infections are on the up is Ribble Valley in Lancashire, where cases have risen from 67.3 to 101.8.
Cases in North Lincolnshire increased from 90 to 92.3 and in Staffordshire Moorlands cases also increased from 77.2 to 82.3.
Chesterfield in Derbyshire saw cases go from 79.1 to 80.1.
Further South and East Devon witnessed a jump from 36.9 to 72.5 in the last seven days.
Infection levels in Breckland in Norfolk have increased from 54.3 to 65, and Selby in North Yorkshire has witnessed a slight increase from 55.2 to 56.3.
In South Somerset cases increased from 38 to 54.6 and in Windsor and Maidenhead they have gone from 46.9 to 51.5.
Kingston upon Thames saw cases go from 38.9 to 50.7 and Mendip in Somerset saw a small increase from 45.9 to 47.6.
Elsewhere and Craven in North Yorkshire has witnessed a jump from 29.8 cases to 47.3.
In Torbay, cases have also increased from 33.8 to 37.4.
In Surrey there are two areas that have seen an increase in cases.
Cases in Elmbridge in Surrey increased from 30 to 36.6 and in nearby Guildford, from 31.5 to 35.6.
East Hertfordshire went from 34.1 to 35.4, while Canterbury jumped from 22.4 to 33.9.
In Forest of Dean cases have increased from 32.3 to 33.4 and in Uttlesford in Essex they have also jumped from 19.7 to 30.7.
Cases in Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire have jumped from 17.9 to 30.5 and in West Oxfordshire they have risen from 24.4 to 28.0.
The areas with the lowest infection rates in the country include Eden, west Devon and South Hams.
It was yesterday revealed that Covid deaths in the UK dropped three quarters in a month.
A further 181 people were recorded to have died after battling the virus – a drop of 73 per cent on this time last month, when 678 people died.
Meanwhile, a further 6,753 people tested positive overnight – a drop of 50 per cent on February 11, when 13,494 people were newly diagnosed.
In hospitals in England, a further 159 people lost their lives to the virus. The casualties were aged between 35 and 99, and all but 11, who were aged 64 to 91, had known underlying health conditions.
Nine more people died in Northern Ireland, while 22 further deaths were recorded in Scotland and 12 in Wales.