Has become England’s new coronavirus hotspot, as a local university is hit by what is believed to be the single-largest outbreak in the UK. Infections in Newcastle have shot up by 60% to 250 cases per 100,000, according to Public Health England data. Manchester, where cases have risen 35% to 200/10,000, currently ranks fourth on the list. St Helens, in Merseyside, jumped to fifth place after the number of infections rose by 82% to 202/10,000.
Have imposed tougher restrictions in northern areas seeing higher case numbers. Liverpool, Warrington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough became the latest cities to face stricter lockdown measures yesterday. People are not permitted to attend sporting events, make any non-essential journeys, or visit care homes, unless under exceptional circumstances, under new rules. However, no areas of the capital are in the top 50 most-infected areas in England. Notably, London has seen a rise in cases in every single borough.