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Coronavirus cases up in all English regions

COVID-19 case rates are continuing to rise in all regions of England, according to the latest weekly surveillance report from Public Health England.

London’s rate of new cases stood at 735.5 per 100,000 people in the seven days to 27 December, up from 711.9 in the previous week.

Eastern England saw the second highest rate (551.3 cases per 100,000, up from 510.8) followed by south-east England (450.6 cases per 100,000, up from 427.4).

Yorkshire and the Humber had the lowest rate: 188.3, up from 172.4.

Responding to the latest surveillance report figures, Public Health England medical director Dr Yvonne Doyle said: “The Christmas week saw a worrying rise in cases across every region of the country, particularly among adults in their 20s and 30s.

“We must not now add further fuel to the fire, as meeting in close and large groups this New Year’s Eve risks further transmission.”