It comes after the final easing of lockdown was delayed (Image: PA)
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The latest Covid hotspots have been revealed as stark figures show nearly 90 per cent of England's local authorities have seen a rise in infections.
The grim figures, for the seven days to June 12, reveal that of the 315 local areas in England 279, representing 89 per cent, saw a rise in case rates.
Just 35, or 11 per cent, of local authorities saw a fall, and one remains unchanged.
Blackburn with Darwen in Lancashire continues to have the highest rate, with 863 new cases in the seven days to June 12 – the equivalent of 576.5 cases per 100,000 people.
This is down slightly from 583.2 in the seven days to June 5.
Most local authorities have seen rising numbers
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Ribble Valley in Lancashire has the second highest rate, up from 271.0 to 466.4, with 284 new cases.
Hyndburn – also in Lancashire – has the third highest, up from 286.3 to 452.8, with 367 new cases.
The data is based on the number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in either a lab-reported or rapid lateral flow test, by specimen date.
The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.
The five areas with the biggest week-on-week rises are:
-Ribble Valley (up from 271.0 to 466.4)
-Hyndburn (286.3 to 452.8)
-Pendle (168.3 to 326.8)
-Warrington (60.9 to 160.5)
-Blackpool (110.4 to 209.4)
It comes after MPs voted to extend Covid rules until July 19 after it was confirmed the final easing of restrictions was to be pushed back amid rising cases and fears over the Delta variant.
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June 21 was originally planned for the day that remaining restrictions put in place to tackle the spread of coronavirus would be lifted.
Meanwhile, Public health bosses have said there are up to 25,000 new Covid cases a day in the UK as the Delta variant continues to spread.
Dr Susan Hopkins, from Public Health England, said about 7,000 to 8,000 infections were being detected per day – but the true number is believed to be significantly higher.
She told MPs that PHE was monitoring 25 variants and investigating eight strains as experts battle to prevents new mutations of the virus from taking hold.
Appearing before the Commons Science and Technology Committee, Dr Hopkins also revealed that experts believe the virus R rate could be as high as 7 without controls like the vaccine.
The Delta variant, first detected in India, is 66% more transmissible than the previously dominant Alpha strain, which ripped through the UK in the winter, she said.