The three places in England with zero new coronavirus cases

James Morris
·Senior news reporter, Yahoo News UK
·2-min read
A woman wearing a face mask walks along a near-deserted Fleet Street in London, England, on May 29, 2020. The UK is now in its tenth week of coronavirus lockdown, with total deaths after a positive covid-19 test now standing at 38,161, according to today's updated count from the Department of Health and Social Care. In England, a raft of eased restrictions are due to go into effect from Monday, including permission for groups of up to six people to meet outdoors. English primary schools are also due to resume for some year groups from next week, in a move that has been met with significant pushback from teachers' unions and parents. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A woman walks through Fleet Street in the City of London – one of three areas in England not to have recorded new coronavirus cases last week. (NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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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