Stoke swabbing station

Covid infections are continuing to fall across Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire, according to the latest figures.

Stoke-on-Trent had 825 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the seven days up to December 5, which equates to a weekly infection rate of 321.8 per 100,000 population.

This is lower than the rate of 364.7 per 100,000 seen over the previous seven days but is still the 12th highest in England.

Infections are signifantly lower elsewhere in Staffordshire. Newcastle’s weekly rate has fallen from 250.3 to 204, while the rate in the Staffordshire Moorlands has gone from 211.3 to 192.

In Stafford borough the rate has fallen from 218.5 to 179.9. Cheshire East’s rate remains lower than anywhere in Staffordshire: 103.1.

Swale in Kent is still England’s coronavirus hotspot, with a weekly rate of 619.7.