THESE are the eight areas in the Bradford district and surrounding areas where cases of Covid-19 have exploded over the past week.

In three of the areas the current infection rate sits at over 900 cases per 100,000 people, while in two cases have risen by more than 400 per cent in just seven days.

It comes as case numbers across the district have shot up, with 1,926 new cases being recorded in Bradford in the seven days to September 21, a rise of 444 from the week before.

The worst hit area is Cullingworth & Denholme, where 81 new cases were recorded in the week to September 21. This was up 440 per cent from the week before and the infection rate now stands at 1,088.1, meaning more than one in 100 people in the area currently have Covid.

Second on the list is Birkenshaw, where there are now 73 new cases, up 114.7 per cent from a week earlier and putting the infection rate up to 991.8 infections per 100,000 people.

Third is Drighlington & Gildersome West, where the infection rate sits at 915.3 after 76 new cases were recorded last week, an increase of 85.4 per cent.

In Haworth & Oxenhope, the infection rate has soared to 670.7 after a 407.7 per cent increase in case numbers, with 66 new cases recorded in the past week.

In Great Horton & Brackenhill there was a 300 per cent rise in cases to 32, pushing the infection rate up to 425.7.

In Eccleshill the infection rate now sits at 591.6 infections per 100,000 people as 48 new cases were recorded last week, a rise of 140 per cent, while in Idle there was a 114.3 per cent rise in cases, with 60 new cases confirmed, pushing the rate up to 490.

Calverley & Farsley North also saw a big jump in infections, up 142.3 per cent to 63, with the infection rate now at 759 infections per 100,000 people.

This rise in infections comes three weeks after schools retuend for the new academic year.

It also comes as the elderly and most vulnerable people in society are eligible for their third Covid vaccine -  the booster jab. Those eligible for the free seasonal flu jab are also urged to book their appointments for added protection.

People are still being urged to be careful to limit the spread of the virus, especially with winter fast approaching.

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