THE infection rate of Covid-19 in Kirklees has risen by more than 100 in the past seven days.

The latest data shows that in the last week 406 people per 100,000 in Kirklees tested positive for Covid-19, compared to the previous week when the rate was 300 per 100,000.

Kirklees has the lowest rate in West Yorkshire but is still the authority with the 28th worse rate in the country.

In the last seven days there were a total of 1,782 positive cases or Covid-19.

Rachel Spencer-Henshall, strategic director for public health at Kirklees Council, said: “This week’s data unfortunately indicates a further and significant increase of rates since last week.

"I understand this increase in rates despite the efforts we are all making is disappointing.

"While numbers are still too high, it’s important to recognise the sacrifices people are making is having an impact.

"Without this collective effort these numbers would be considerably worse and pressure on services higher.

“Continuing with the basic measures - social distancing from those outside your household, wearing a face covering, washing your hands regularly and isolating and testing when you have symptoms – remains very important.

“These simple actions make a difference where ever you live. Together they help to contain and prevent further spread of COVID-19, significantly reduce your chances of being infected or infecting someone else and ultimately help to bring our rates back down.”