THERE are seven areas in the Bradford district where the Covid-19 infection rate is higher than 1,000, as the virus continues to spread across the district.

Each of the areas have an infection rate in excess of 1,000 cases per 100,000 people, meaning more than one in 100 people in the areas have Covid-19.

The current infection rate in Bradford is 480.1 infections per 100,000 people in the week to October 12, up from 284.4 at the end of August.

The rise in infections is partly being put down to the return of schools and dropping of requirements for masks and social distancing, with high levels of the virus in schools.

Each of the areas with the worst rates are in the district, in leafier, more affluent parts of the district and away from the inner city areas which have lower levels of infection.

The worst hit area is Burley-in-Wharfedale where the rate is 1,606.6, with 95 cases in the past week, a 228 per cent rise from the week before.

Second worst is Ilkley & Ben Rhydding with a rate of 1,354.2, and has the most cases with 175 in a week.

Third is Menston & Burley Moor, where the rate is 1,233.7 infections per 100,000 people.

Next is Crossflatts & Eldwick, where the rate is 1,197.1, followed by Bingley Town with a rate of 1,154.7.

They are followed by Cottingley, Harden & Wilsden with a rate of 1,025.6 and 118 cases, and Addingham & Ilkley Moor with a rate of 1,018.

The areas are broken down by Middle Super Output Area, areas of around 7,200 people.

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