Only one of those, Wolverhampton, was under local lockdown restrictions. Weekly cases there dropped by 1.6% from 70.2 per 100,000 people to 69.1, according to a Public Health England surveillance report.

The other two areas were Luton and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The latter saw the biggest drop in infections across the country, with cases falling 33.34% from 31.2 to 20.8 per 100,000.

In Luton they fell by 4.3% from 53.7 to 51.4 per 100,000 people. Infection rates increased in every other authority in England.

Labour hit out at localised restrictions last week and produced data apparently showing that 19 out of 20 areas placed under tougher measures continued to see a rise in infections.

They gave Burnley as one stark example, where as of Wednesday there had been a 20-fold increase in cases from 21 per 100,000 people to 434 per 100,000.

In Bolton, Greater Manchester, the rate of infection was 20 per 100,000 when restrictions, such as the ban on households mixing, were fist imposed, before rising to 255.

No restrictions have yet been imposed in England’s new coronavirus hotspot, Nottingham, despite its infection rate rocketing to around 600 per 100,000.

Separate figures suggested coronavirus cases are doubling about twice as fast in the North West, Yorkshire and the West Midlands as for the whole of England.

It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to outline a new three-tiered system of coronavirus restrictions on Monday that is expected to cause pubs and restaurants to shut across the north of England.

Mr Johnson will reveal the full details of the much-anticipated approach in a statement to the House of Commons, following criticism of the Government for not keeping MPs properly informed of changes.

The PM’s chief strategic adviser Sir Edward Lister wrote to northern MPs on Friday to warn them it was ‘very likely’ the region would be hit with tougher rules.

Workers in pubs, restaurants and other businesses which are forced to close under the new restrictions will have two thirds of their wages paid by the Government in a new financial scheme announced by the Chancellor earlier on Friday.

Rishi Sunak said the expansion of the Job Support Scheme would protect jobs and provide ‘reassurance and a safety net’ for people and businesses across the UK in advance of a potentially ‘difficult winter’.

A further 13,864 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK were reported on Friday, and 87 more


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World news – GB – Infection rates fell in only three parts of England last week

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