There were 260,691 positive Covid-19 cases in the UK in the week ending March 3, a 2 per cent increase on the week before.

Mansfield and Ashfield areas with highest Covid infections in the past week

Coronavirus cases are now rising in half of the UK’s council areas, official figures show.

There were 570,550 positive cases in the UK in the week ending March 17, a huge 39 per cent jump on the week before.

It has affected nearly all areas. Some 366 of the UK’s 380 local authorities, 96 per cent, saw cases rise in the past week, with two areas – Torridge in Devon and Burnley in Lancashire – seeing cases double.

The lifting of many restrictions, waning effectiveness of boosters and the spread of the highly contagious BA.2 ‘stealth Omicron’ variant have all been touted as potential reasons for rising infection rates.

At neighbourhood level, Covid-19 case rates have been published for the week to March 17, with many wards across Mansfield and Ashfield showing cases doubling in a week – cases in Stanton Hill & Skegby have more than trebled in seven days.

Here are the neighbourhoods in and around Mansfield and Ashfield with the biggest rates of cases per 100,000 people in the past week.

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