BRADFORD currently has the fourth highest Covid-19 infection rate in the UK, and the rate is more than three times higher than the national average.

The latest infection rate in the district stands at 88.6 infections per 100,000 people in the seven days to April 9, the highest in Yorkshire and behind just three other local authorities in the country.

The UK's current infection rate stands at 28.6 infections per 100,000 people; for England it is slightly lower at 28.2.

Out of more than 300 local authority areas, the area with the highest rate in the UK is Clackmannanshire in Scotland, where the rate is 102.8 infections per 100,000 people.

It is followed by Mansfield in Nottinghamshire where the rate is 98.8, and by Corby in Northamptonshire where the rate stands at 96.9.

Bradford is then in fourth with the rate of 88.6, while the South Yorkshire town of Barnsley rounds out the top five on 88.3.

Other areas in the top ten worst Covid-19 infection rates are Luton (86.4), Wakefield (81.5), Boston (81.2), and Doncaster and Leicester (both 80.5).

Of the English regions, Yorkshire & Humber has the highest rate by far on 61.8, followed by the East Midlands on 38.1.

In the seven days to April 9 in Bradford, a further 478 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in the district, a two per cent rise from the week before.