Staffordshire Moorlands on list of 10 places where Covid-19 cases are spiking

Staffordshire Moorlands on list of 10 places where Covid-19 cases are spiking

Part of North Staffordshire has been named on a list of England's top 10 coronavirus hotspots which could follow Leicester into local lockdown. The Staffordshire Moorlands - home to around 98,000 people - is 10th on a list of areas ranked behind Leicester, which had the highest number of new lab-confirmed cases. Public Health England figures show there has been a spike in cases in the Moorlands with eight between June 13 and 19 and a further 13 between June 20 and 26. Previously the Moorlands was getting no more than two cases a day over the previous three weeks. However, overall there have been just 254 cases across Leek, Biddulph, Cheadle and the surrounding villages which is comparatively low. It is not known where in the Moorlands the new cases are. It should also be noted that the data is currently only available for pillar one tests - those that have taken place in Public Health England labs and NHS hospitals - and therefore don't reflect a complete picture. While at this point a local lockdown remains unlikely, this could change if infections continue to rise. These 10 areas ranked behind Leicester, which had the highest number of new lab-confirmed cases, according to the latest available data from Public Health England. Leicester's flare-up means it will not emerge from parts of lockdown as swiftly as the rest of England on July 4, when pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and other non-essential businesses will reopen. Residents have been told to stay at home, with schools and shops ...
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