UK sees a rise in COVID-19 cases with a growing cluster cases in Wales

Published on : Thursday, September 23, 2021

There are nearly a quarter of all local areas across the United Kingdom have seen a rise in COVID-19 cases, according to the latest figures with a growing cluster of infections in Wales.

Of the 377 local areas across the country 90 (24 per cent) have seen a week-on-week rise in infection rates.

285 (76 per cent) have seen a fall and two are unchanged, according to data published on Wednesday on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Neath Port Talbot in Wales has the highest rate in the whole of the UK, with 1,252 new cases in the seven days to September 18.

This is the equivalent of 867.1 per 100,000 people and is up from 705.7 in the seven days to September 11.

Nearly a quarter of all local areas across the UK have seen a rise in Covid cases, according to the latest figures with a growing cluster of infections in Wales.

Of the 377 local areas across the country 90 (24 per cent) have seen a week-on-week rise in infection rates.

285 (76 per cent) have seen a fall and two are unchanged, according to data published on Wednesday on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Neath Port Talbot in Wales has the highest rate in the whole of the UK, with 1,252 new cases in the seven days to September 18.

This is the equivalent of 867.1 per 100,000 people and is up from 705.7 in the seven days to September 11.

Merthyr Tydfil, also in Wales, has the second highest rate, up from 693.4 to 801.0, with 484 new case.

West Dunbartonshire in Scotland has the third highest rate, down from 1,160.3 to 755.0, with 667 new cases.

It comes after the government revealed that trials of a new vaccine to fight emerging variants of coronavirus are under way in Manchester.

Meanwhile, on Monday it was revealed cases of coronavirus had shot up by 17 per cent in a week after daysof steadying infection levels.

Latest government figures show that there were 34,460 new positive cases of the disease reported on Wednesday, as well as 166 deaths.

The figures, for the seven days to September 18, are 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.

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