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The list includes almost all the boroughs in the North East of England, almost half in the South West of England and almost a third in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Data also shows that every local area in England is now registering coronavirus rates above the symbolic level of 100 cases per 100,000 people – the first time this has happened since early January, at the height of the second wave.

The figures, compiled by the PA news agency, come on the day when most of the remaining Covid-19 lockdown restrictions in England are finally lifted.

Face masks are no longer mandatory in shops and on public transport, restrictions on social gatherings have been abolished and home counseling has stopped.

However, many companies and carriers still ask people to wear masks.

About 50 of England’s 315 local government areas (16%) are currently registering Covid-19 cases that are higher than at any time since mass testing began, PA analysis shows.

Eight of these are in the North East of England: Redcar & Cleveland (1,268.0 cases per 100,000 people – the highest in England); Middlesbrough (1178.9); Hartlepool (1.061.3); Sunderland (1,036.7); Stockton on Tees (944.5); Darlington (863.3); County Durham (783.3); and Northumberland (674.6).

In neighboring Yorkshire & the Humber, six areas currently have record percentages: Doncaster (729.1), Wakefield (667.2), Leeds (599.4), Richmondshire (575.1), Hambleton (552.4) and East Riding or Yorkshire (517.9).

All rates are for the seven days to July 14, with the exception of case data for July 15-18, which is incomplete.

The numbers reflect the impact of the third wave of coronavirus, which began in the UK at the end of May and is now causing a surge in new cases across the country.

The total number of new cases in England currently stands at 425.3 per 100,000 people, the highest since January 19.



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