THE number of new coronavirus cases recorded in the county has continued to rise.

A total of 1,737 cases were recorded in Worcestershire in the week up to September 1 – a rise of almost ten per cent compared to the previous week.

Public Health England said 273 new cases were recorded in Worcester during the same seven days rising by three per cent when compared to the week before.

The biggest rise in cases in Worcester has occurred in the area classed as King George's Field – which covers WR3 and WR4 postcodes including parts of Astwood Road, Tolladine Road, Langdale Drive, Brickfields Road and Blackpole Road.

The latest figures show the number of new cases increased by more than 50 per cent in the week to 41.

Cases fell by five per cent in a week in Wychavon – which includes Evesham, Pershore and Droitwich – to 276.

As many as 54 cases were recorded in Evesham, 14 cases were recorded in Evesham and 59 cases were recorded in Droitwich.

A total of 181 cases were recorded in Malvern Hills in the same week falling by just under two per cent with 73 cases recorded in Malvern.

In the north of the county, the number of new cases has continued to rise with 420 cases recorded in Bromsgrove in the week up to September 1 – the highest recorded among the county’s six districts – where cases increased by almost 16 per cent compared to the week before.

The surge in Bromsgrove means the town has been singled out on Public Health England’s coronavirus hotspot map due to the rise in the number of cases in the last week.

New cases increased by almost 17 per cent in Redditch to 267 and almost 25 per cent in Wyre Forest to 320.

The latest NHS figures show just over 79 per cent of people in Worcestershire are now vaccinated against coronavirus having received both doses of a vaccine compared to 86 per cent of people who have so far received at least one jab.

A total of 450,677 people in the county have received at least one Covid vaccine dose with 415,552 receiving both jabs.