Covid infections continue to rise across in Cheshire, with most areas of the county now finding themselves with a case rate of well above 1,600 per 100,000 people.
Areas that have a case rate of more than 1,600 find themselves in the highest category of infection levels classified by Public Health England (PHE), with those areas marked as black on their interactive map.
Only four areas of the county now have an infection rate below this threshold, meaning they are yet to be classified as a Covid blackspot, despite edging closer.
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For the four days to Tuesday (January 4), the four Cheshire areas that are yet to reach the highest bracket of Covid infection rates were Upton East, Audlem, Bunbury and Wrenbury, Prestbury and Adlington and Crewe Mill Street and College.
Of these areas, Upton East has the lowest infection rate in the county, at 1,462.9 per 100,000 people, with Audlem, Bunbury and Wrenbury second on the list, with an infection rate of 1,503.3 per 100,000 people.
Cheshire areas with a case rate of below 1,600 per 100,000 people for the seven days to January 4:
- Upton East: 1,462.9 per 100,000
- Audlem, Bunbury and Wrenbury: 1,503.3 per 100,000
- Prestbury and Adlington: 1,507.4 per 100,000
- Crewe Mill Street and College: 1,510.6 per 100,000
Prestbury and Adlington has the third lowest infection rate in the county, at 1,507.4 per 100,000 people. Meanwhile, the last area on the list is Crewe Mill Street and College, where infection rates are 1,510.6 per 100,000 people.
It’s not only Covid infections that are rising in Cheshire, but also the percentage of Covid cases that are down to the highly infectious Omicron variant.
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CheshireLive recently revealed that in the short space of a month in Cheshire, the percentage of Covid cases the Omicron variant accounted for had risen from 0.2 per cent to 77 per cent.
According to figures from Public Health England (PHE), Cheshire had a total of 10,730 Covid cases for the two weeks to December 4, with figures from the Wellcome Sanger Institute indicating that 30 of these cases, or 0.2 per cent, were the Omicron variant.
Later figures from Public Health England showed that Cheshire had a total of 23,571 Covid cases for the two weeks to December 25, with the Wellcome Sanger Institute figures indicating that 18,241 of these were the Omicron variant, or 77 per cent.