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The number of new weekly Covid cases detected across England has begun to fall after a September surge, but some pockets of the country remain acutely impacted.

Health experts believe new variant Pirola is likely to be behind any rise in cases as we head into winter.

NHS England began offering additional booster jabs earlier this month as a result, hoping to curtail the risk of a “twindemic” of flu and Covid which would heap more pressure on hospitals.

The latest UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) figures show a total of 15,797 new cases of the disease were clocked up in England in the week up to October 7.

While this works out to 27.9 cases per 100,000 people nationwide, some areas are experiencing significantly higher infection rates. Check Express.co.uk’s interactive map below to find out where.

Chesterfield in Derbyshire was found to have more Covid cases per head than any other local authority in the country during the seven days to October 7, at 58.1 per 100,000 – just under double the national rate.

This was followed by the nearby Derbyshire Dales (55.2), Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire (54.8), Malvern Hills in Worcestershire (52.9) and Cheshire West and Chester (51.8). 

Cases across England as a whole had been rising steadily since the end of the summer – from 7,787 over the seven days to August 30 to 16,186 by September 30 – but have now crested that peak.

Professor Stephen Griffin of the University of Leeds, however, told the Mirror that Covid was far from over. He said: “The perception we’re done with it and the narrative of having to live with it is another way of saying we’re willing to deal with the damage it does.”

“It’s the opposite of the emperor’s new clothes, it is there, it’s killing people, and we’re not talking about it.” Data show the average number of daily deaths from Covid was around six per week mid-summer, and has risen to above 30 recently.

The so-called Pirola variant was first discovered in Denmark on July 24. Although little is yet known about the dangers of the strain, it is believed to have descended from the Omicron BA.2 sublineage responsible for last year’s surge in cases.

The NHS continues to recommend those who test positive remain at home and avoid contact with others for five days, and that those exhibiting severe symptoms head to A&E or call 999.

Source: | This article first appeared on Express.co.uk

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