The Cheshire areas with highest Covid infection rates as children return to school

These are the 10 Cheshire areas with the highest Covid infection rates.

Covid rates have been rising in many parts of the county over the past few weeks.

This was expected by the government, with schools returning on September 1 after a six week summer break.

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Figures from Public Health England (PHE) identify the 10 areas with the highest infection rates in the county.

The data, for the seven days to September 10, shows which neighbourhoods are struggling to get to grips with the virus.

The Cheshire neighbourhoods with the highest Covid infection rates:

  1. Whitby & Stanney Woods: 882.7 per 100,000
  2. Great Sutton: 831.7 per 100,000
  3. Ellesmere Port Pooltown Road: 759.2 per 100,000
  4. Blacon North: 757.5 per 100,000
  5. Ellesmere Port Town & Rossmore: 651.4 per 100,000
  6. Blacon South: 646.7 per 100,000
  7. Orford: 614.6 per 100,000
  8. Wistaston Green: 607.2 per 100,000
  9. Capenhurst, Saughall & Moston: 605.9 per 100,000
  10. Little Sutton East: 588.2 per 100,000

It’s difficult to infer the impact of school’s returning on infection rates, with the data set for the seven days to September 3 including days that pupils had returned to school.

However, it is clear that some areas have seen a significant rise week-on-week, especially Whitby & Stanney Woods and Great Sutton, the two Cheshire areas with infection rates over 800 per 100,000 people.

According to the latest figures, Whitby & Stanney Woods in Ellesmere Port has an infection rate of 882.7 per 100,000 people, which is the highest infection rate in the county for the seven days to September 10.

The Covid infection rate in Whitby & Stanney Woods has almost doubled from the seven days to September 3, when the infection rate stood at 450.4 per 100,000.

Great Sutton, which had the second highest infection rate in the county at 831.7 per 100,000 people, has also seen its infection rate soar.

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For the seven days to September 3, the area had an infection rate of 534.7 per 100,000, which means that the area has seen its infection rate rise by 297 per 100,000.

The latest figures come after CheshireLive revealed that over 63,000 people in the county have still not had a single Covid jab.

Public Health England (PHE) data revealed that 809,159 people aged 16 and over across Cheshire had received their first vaccine by September 5.

That left 63,652 people in the age group still completely unvaccinated, according to the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) population estimates – including some who are medically exempt.

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