These are the areas in England with no new coronavirus infections in the past week

Emily Cleary
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View of boats in the harbour in sunshine of winter afternoon, Ilfracombe, north Devon, England (Photo by: Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
Ilfracombe in north Devon, where no new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in the past week (Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

There are 15 areas in England that have not reported any new coronavirus cases in the past week, up from just three areas last Friday.

Public Health England’s latest COVID-19 surveillance report, released on Friday, showed that areas from the Isle of Wight to the Forest of Dean had no new infections in the week ending Sunday.

At the other end of the scale, Pendle and Blackburn in Lancashire had the most COVID-19 infections in the week ending Sunday, with rates of cases at 78.2. Lancashire city Preston had a local lockdown introduced on Friday afternoon, just as the results were published.

Oldham in Greater Manchester had a rate of 66.6, and Leicester, which has never emerged from the national lockdown, a rate of 53.9.

Swindon in Wiltshire was close behind with a rate of 50 as it recorded 111 new cases in a week.

Preston.
Preston.- in Lancashire had a local lockdown enforced on residents on Friday afternoon after a spike in cases of coronavirus (Getty)

The full list of areas with rates of zero - meaning no new infections - is Cheltenham, Rutland, Malvern Hills, Norwich, Broxtowe, Craven, Adur, East Hertfordshire, Isle of Wight, North Devon, Wyre Forest, Fareham, Teignbridge, Forest of Dean and South Hams.

South Somerset and Southend-on-Sea both had rates of 0.5 and just one new case each over the week.

Isle of Wight seascape
Isle of Wight is one of 15 areas in England to report no new cases of coronavirus in the past week (Getty images)

The Public Health England report, which is published each week, is important as it gives an accurate snapshot of the prevalence of COVID-19 across the country.

It combines “pillar 2” data (infections in the wider community) with “pillar 1” data (infections of NHS and care workers, as well as patients in hospitals). Pillar 2 data accounted for 75% of cases.

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