Coronavirus infection rates continue to rise across the country, official figures show.
The UK recorded its highest number of daily infections since the pandemic began on Wednesday, 15 December, with 79,000 recorded.
And with Prime Minister Boris Johnson warning of an imminent “tidal wave” of Omicron cases, areas which are hotspots for the variant are already seeing some of the country’s highest overall infection rates.
Following the spread of the variant, the PM has set a new target to give boosters to all adults who want one by the end of the month.
Across the UK, there were 344,857 positive test results in the week to December 9, up 7% from the week before.
South Northamptonshire recorded the UK’s highest case rate, with 895 cases per 100,000 people.
West Northamptonshire, the council which covers the South Northamptonshire area, was revealed on Friday as having England’s highest number of confirmed and suspected Omicron cases.
At a regional level, the South East has the highest infection rates in the UK, with 650 cases per 100,000 people, followed by Northern Ireland, with 643 cases per 100,000.
Yorkshire and Humber has the lowest rate, with 358 cases per 100,000.
In Solihull, the infection rate was 462.1 cases per 100,00 for the week to December 9.
At neighbourhood level, Covid-19 case rates have also been published for the week to December 9.
Here are the neighbourhoods in Solihull, which have seen the biggest rise in case rates in the past week.
1. Olton & Kineton Green
Olton & Kineton Green has seen case rates of positive Covid cases rise by 68.7% from 228.6 cases per 100,000 people to 385.7.
2. Monkspath North
Monkspath North has seen case rates of positive Covid cases rise by 59.1%, from 366.4 cases per 100,000 people to 582.9.
3. Elmdon Heath & Catherine-de-Barnes
Elmdon Heath & Catherine-de-Barnes has seen case rates of positive Covid cases rise by 56.3% from 349.5 cases per 100,000 people to 546.1.
4. Marston Green & Airport
Marston Green & Airport has seen positive case rates of positive Covid cases rise by 37.5%, from 306 cases per 10,000 people to 420.7.
5. Shirley Heath
Shirley Heath has seen positive case rates of positive Covid cases rise by 30.8%, from 423.4 cases per 100,000 people to 553.7.
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