Three places in England recorded no new coronavirus cases last week, the government has revealed.
Public Health England’s latest COVID-19 surveillance report, released on Thursday, showed Bath and North East Somerset, the City of London and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly had no new infections in the week ending Sunday.
However, the lack of cases in the City of London – a tiny district in the heart of London – can be partly explained by its small population: less than 10,000 people live there.
Meanwhile, the latest report also shows 15 council areas recorded less than one coronavirus infection per 100,000 people.
They were: Devon (0.5), West Berkshire (0.6), Windsor and Maidenhead (0.7), South Tyneside (0.7), Sunderland (0.7), Redcar and Cleveland (0.7), Haringey (0.7), Camden (0.8), Dorset (0.8), Bracknell Forest (0.8), Norfolk (0.9), Somerset (0.9), Lambeth (0.9), North Somerset (0.9) and Darlington (0.9).
At the other end of the scale, Leicester had the most COVID-19 infections in the week ending Sunday, with 116.0 per 100,000 people. This was down from 141.3 the previous week.
It comes after the government imposed a “local lockdown” on the East Midlands city on Monday last week having recorded a sharp spike in new cases.
The Public Health England report, which is released every Thursday, is important as it gives an accurate snapshot of the prevalence of COVID-19 across the country.
It combines “pillar 2” data (infections in the wider community) with “pillar 1” data (infections of NHS and care workers, as well as patients in hospitals). Pillar 2 data accounted for 75% of cases.
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