FIVE areas of Worcester have moved into the second highest Covid 'hotspot' category it has been revealed.

And Public Health England's (PHE) coronavirus 'hotspot' map shows general rises across the city in the latest week, up to October 14.

Areas with infection rates between 400 and 799 cases per 100,000 people are placed in the second highest purple 'hotspot' category by the PHE. Among the areas that moved into this category are:

Worcester Town South that has an infection rate of 419.0 cases per 100,000 with 31 cases recorded that week.

Lower Wick & Bromwich Road that has an infection rate of 456.4 cases per 100,000, with 37 cases recorded. 

Battenhall and Diglis that has an infection rate of 416.9 cases per 100,000, with 35 cases recorded

Lyppard Grange that has an infection rate of 420.9 cases per 100,000, with 25 cases recorded.

Northwick that has an infection rate of 474.0 cases per 100,000, with 38 cases recorded.

Dines Green & St Johns has stayed in this category - and has the highest infection rate in the city - with an infection rate of 675.4 cases per 100,000, with 59 cases recorded.

Infection rates of between 200 and 399 cases are placed in the third highest blue ‘hotspot’ category on the coronavirus map. In Worcester these include:

Henwick with an infection rate of 361.2 cases per 100,000, with 20 cases is in this category. 

Barbourne and Rainbow Hill with a rate of 211.7 cases per 100,000, with 17 cases recorded.

Ronkswood and Nunnery Wood with an infection rate of 323.7 per 100,000, and 21 cases. 

King George's Field with an infection rate of 269.1 per 100,000, with 24 cases recorded.

Warndon East with an infection rate of 254.5 per 100,000, with 16 cases recorded. 

The areas in the fourth highest, light blue 'hotspot' category include:

Warndon West with an infection rate of 184.5 cases per 100,000, with 10 cases recorded.

And Worcester Town North with an infection rate of 182.3 cases per 100,000, with 14 cases recorded.

The number of new coronavirus cases recorded in Worcester overall increased by nearly 40 per cent in that week, according to the latest figures.

A total of 334 new coronavirus cases were recorded in Worcester in the week up to October 14 - a rise of 39 per cent compared to the week before.