THERE has been a surge in the number of coronavirus cases in Worcester which has led to part of the city re-entering the second-highest hotspot category.

The number of new coronavirus cases recorded in Worcester overall increased by nearly 40 per cent in the latest week, according to the figures from Public Health England (PHE).

A total of 867 new coronavirus cases were recorded in Worcester in the week up to March 18 - a rise of 38.99 per cent compared to the week before.

Areas with infection rates between 800 and 1,599 cases per 100,000 people are placed in the second highest dark purple 'hotspot' category by the PHE.

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Among the areas that have now moved into this category are:


Lyppard Grange which has an infection rate of 1,464.9 per 100,000 with 87 cases.

Lower Wick and Bromwich Road which has an infection rate of 1,332.2 per 100,000, with 108 cases. 

Warndon East which has an infection rate of 1,001.9 per 100,000, with 63 cases. 

St Peters which has an infection rate of 941.6 per 100,000, with 50 cases.

Worcester Town North which has an infection rate of 807.3 per 100,000, with 62 cases. 

King George's Field which has an infection rate of 852.1 per 100,000, with 76 cases. 

Northwick which has an infection rate of 810.8 per 100,000, with 65 cases. 

Dines Green and St John which has an infection rate of 847.1 per 100,000, with 74 cases. 

Battenhall and Diglis, which has an infection rate of 809.9 per 100,000, with 68 cases.


In comparison only two areas were in this high category in the previous week to March 11 - Lyppard Grange and Barbourne and Rainbow Hill. 

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In the week to March 18 Barbourne and Rainbow Hill was the only area of the city to see a drop in coronavirus cases, recording an infection rate of 759.6, with 61 cases. 

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That meant it dropped into the third highest purple category, between 400 and 799 cases. 

Others in this category include: 


Worcester Town South which has an infection rate of 608.2 per 100,000, with 45 cases. 

Henwick which has an infection rate of 668.2 per 100,000, with 37 cases. 

Warndon West which has an infection rate of 572.1 per 100,000, with 31 cases.