COVID cases have fallen in 93 per cent of places in the UK, official data shows.
However, there are still a number of towns and villages where cases have risen up to 14-fold in the past week.
The Government coronavirus dashboard gives Covid case rates for each local authority in the UK.
Over the UK as a whole, only 26 of 381 local authorities (6.8 per cent) have seen a rise in cases in seven days, meaning 93 per cent have seen cases drop.
Of the 315 in England, 303 (96 per cent) have seen a decrease in cases.
Corby, a town in Northamptonshire, has the highest case rate of England with 346.2 per 100,000.
It’s more than four times smaller than the sky-high infection rates of 1,600 recorded at the start of January.
The Government coronavirus dashboard can also be used to show cases in much closer detail by postcode area.
These are known as middle super output areas, and can only be viewed in England.
This data shows that some pockets of England are still seeing a surge in cases, possibly related to singular outbreaks in care homes or work places, for example.
Over the seven days to February 10, 21 per cent of postcodes in England saw a rise in cases – 1,427 of 6,791.
Seventy-six of these areas saw an increase of case rate by more than 200 per cent.
Where have cases increased?
Top 20 by local authority:
- Orkney Islands: 497.78% increase to 26.9 cases per 100,000 on February 10
- East Ayrshire: 65.59% increase to 256.5 cases per 100,000 on February 10
- Exeter: 42.46% increase to 51 cases per 100,000 on February 10
- Powys: 41.96% increase to 120.1 cases per 100,000 on February 10
- Clackmannanshire: 35.71% increase to 221.2 cases per 100,000 on February 10
- Copeland: 33.86% increase to 237.6 cases per 100,000 on February 10
- Calderdale: 26.59% increase to 207.1 cases per 100,000 on February 10
- Stirling: 21.90% increase to 159.2 cases per 100,000 on February 10
- Torridge: 20.55% increase to 17.6 cases per 100,000 on February 10
- Newark and Sherwood: 17.72% increase to 249.1 cases per 100,000 on February 10
- Kingston upon Hull, City of: 14.92% increase to 172.5 cases per 100,000 on February 10
- Comhairle nan Eilean Siar: 13.01% increase to 97.3 cases per 100,000 on February 10
- Midlothian: 9.47% increase to 100.6 cases per 100,000 on February 10
- Highland: 8.92% increase to 62.3 cases per 100,000 on February 10
- Fenland: 8.69% increase to 282.8 cases per 100,000 on February 10
- North Devon: 4.28% increase to 26.8 cases per 100,000 on February 10
- Mole Valley: 4.27% increase to 112.3 cases per 100,000 on February 10
- Dumfries and Galloway: 4.16% increase to 100.1 cases per 100,000 on February 10
- Conwy: 2.34% increase to 113.5 cases per 100,000 on February 10
- Cardiff: 2.34% increase to 101.1 cases per 100,000 on February 10
However, 442 saw an increase of only 20 per cent or less.
Cases grew most in Kingsand, Antony & Maryfield, a ward in the council of Cornwall.
The infection rate per 100,000 increased by more than 14-fold to 490 in the week to February 10.
Second was South Cave, in East Riding and Yorkshire.
The infection rate increased six-fold to 886 per 100,000 people.
This is more than double the figure for Corby, the authority with the largest case rate.
Residents told local news website Hull Live they were “gobsmacked” by the spike in infection rate in South Cave, which the website reported was the worst in Yorkshire and for 99 miles around.
Kettlethorpe and Chapelthorpe, in Wakefield council, saw the third highest jump in cases in England.
Its infection rate jumped by five-fold to 298 per 100,000.
It comes after the Government said there had been a further 9,765 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.
Daily coronavirus cases have come down dramatically from a peak of almost 32,000 a day at the start of January.
But the Prime Minister Boris Johnson said tonight the infection rate “remains very high”.
Speaking at the Downing Street press briefing, he said there were “grounds for confidence” that vaccines were helping to curb the spread of coronavirus, not just in protecting those who received the jab.
He said: “Although the vaccination programme is going well, we still don’t have enough data about the exact effectiveness of the vaccinations in reducing the spread of infection.
“We have some interesting straws in the wind, we have some grounds for confidence but the vaccinations have only been running for a matter of weeks.
“While we are learning the whole time, we don’t, as I talk to you today, have all the hard facts that we need.”
England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty said the number of people in hospital in the UK with coronavirus is coming down but the “rates are still very high”.
“They are around the point, in fact slightly above the point, which they were at the peak of the epidemic in April last year,” he told the press conference.
“So these are still very high rates but they are definitely heading in the right direction.”
Prof Whitty said deaths – 230 reported today – remained high but are continuing to go down.
He also stressed to the 15 million people who have received the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine that protection is not immediate, but comes after two or three weeks.
“Then people will have a second vaccine and that’ll strengthen the level of protection and also make it more long lasting – so it is absolutely essential that when people are asked to go back for their second vaccine they do so.”