Blackburn overtakes Bolton with highest Covid-19 case rates in UK
Blackburn with Darwen replaced Bolton as the UK region with the highest rate of new Covid-19 cases.
A total of 584 confirmed cases were recorded in Blackburn with Darwen in the seven days leading up to May 26, Public Health England said.
That equates to 390.1 cases per 100,000 population – the region’s highest seven-day rate since the start of February, according to an analysis by the PA news agency.
In contrast, the seven-day rate in Bolton is currently 386.7 cases per 100,000.
That figure is down from 452.8 on May 21 and suggests that the recent increase in cases in the city, due to the spread of the Indian variant of the coronavirus, may have peaked.
Bolton, in Greater Manchester, shares a border with Blackburn with Darwen, which is in neighboring Lancashire.
Both regions reported some of the highest numbers of cases of the Indian variant, with Bolton recording 1,354 through May 25 – the highest in the country – and Blackburn recording 361.
Health teams from both local authorities have performed surge tests for the virus, as well as “surge vaccinations” to boost uptake of all those eligible for the vaccine.
Meanwhile, the district of Rossendale, also in Lancashire, now has the third highest rate of new cases of Covid-19 in the UK, with 292.4 per 100,000 inhabitants.
This was a large increase from 63.0 per 100,000 a week earlier.
Overall, 230 of the 380 local areas in the UK (61%) saw a weekly increase in rates of Covid-19 cases as of May 26, 130 (34%) saw a decrease and 20 (5%) remained unchanged. .
All case rates were calculated by the PA News Agency from data released by Public Health England on May 30.
Data for the most recent four days (May 27 to 30) have been excluded as they are incomplete and do not reflect the actual number of cases.