Everywhere on England's coronavirus watchlist as Sheffield's latest infection rate is revealed

There are now 29 places across England on the Government’s coronavirus watchlist, as the infection rate continues to rise in many parts of the country.

By Robert Cumber
Friday, 14th August 2020, 4:34 pm

In 20 of those areas, concern about the spread of Covid-19 is so great that intervention is deemed necessary, with local lockdowns still in force.

Other places are receiving ‘enhanced support’ to reduce the risk or have been classed as ‘areas of concern’, where infection rates are being particularly closely monitored.

The weekly coronavirus infection rate has risen slightly in Sheffield, but it is not included in the Government's latest watchlist (pic: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Public Health England’s latest weekly surveillance report, published today, Friday, August 14, shows that Oldham had the highest rate of infection of any upper-tier local authority during the week ending August 9, with 102.7 confirmed cases per 100,000 population.

It was followed by Blackburn with Darwen (71.2), Leicester (64.2), Bradford (53.2) and Swindon (48.2).

In Sheffield, the weekly infection rate increased slightly, from 14.08 to 14.42, but it is not on the latest watchlist, despite having a higher infection rate than some of those places which do feature.

Sheffield’s weekly infection rate is the joint 29th highest in England, as is Rotherham, with Barnsley (12.6) 34th and Doncaster (4.2) 99th.

Below are all the places now on the Government’s coronavirus watchlist.

Pendle (infection rate of 89.7, rising): INTERVENTION

Oldham (82.3, rising): INTERVENTION

Blackburn with Darwen (77.9, falling): INTERVENTION

Bradford (56.8, rising): INTERVENTION

Leicester (56.3, falling): INTERVENTION

Calderdale (42.8, falling): INTERVENTION

Burnley (39.5, rising): INTERVENTION

Preston (38.1, rising): INTERVENTION

Rochdale (37.3, rising): INTERVENTION

Manchester (34, falling): INTERVENTION

Tameside (33.3, rising): INTERVENTION

Salford (33, rising): INTERVENTION

Bolton (31.2, rising): INTERVENTION

Bury (30.5, rising): INTERVENTION

Kirklees (28.7, rising): INTERVENTION

Hyndburn (27.2, rising): INTERVENTION

Stockport (25, rising): INTERVENTION

Trafford (20.3, falling): INTERVENTION

Wigan (9.2, rising): INTERVENTION

Rossendale (4.2, falling): INTERVENTION

Luton (15.4, falling): ENHANCED SUPPORT

Swindon (44.1, falling): CONCERN

Northampton (38.6, rising): CONCERN

Newark & Sherwood (26.3, rising): CONCERN

Oadby & Wigston (22.8, rising): CONCERN

Sandwell (20.5, falling): CONCERN

Wakefield (17.4, rising): CONCERN

Bedford (14.6, falling): CONCERN

Peterborough (11.4, falling): CONCERN