The rate of new coronavirus cases across Northamptonshire is falling, analysis of government data shows.
The government releases the total number of cases in each local authority everyday. In the six weeks between May 9 and June 20, Northamptonshire has gone from 1,170 confirmed Covid-19 cases to 1,667 cases.
Northampton has the most cases, with 574 confirmed cases as of yesterday (June 24). Kettering is the second worst affected local authority in the county, with 263 cases.
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However, in the last two weeks the number of new cases per 100,000 people in all seven Northants local authorities has slowed down significantly, with the rate almost halving in Kettering.
Kettering appeared to be an emerging hotspot in the two weeks between May 9 and May 23 when 50 new cases were confirmed, which was a rate of 49.1 new cases per 100,000 people. Only 12 other local authorities in England recorded more cases in the same period.
However, since then Kettering has confirmed just 33 more cases in four weeks. In the past two weeks between June 6 and June 20, there were 11 new cases, a rate of just 10.8 new cases per 100,000 people.
There has been a similar pattern across the county.
Wellingborough had the second highest rate of new cases between May 9 and May 23, with 45.2 new cases per 100,000 people. In the last two weeks, this fell to 5.0, the second lowest rate in Northamptonshire.
Corby has the lowest rate of increasing coronavirus cases in Northants. Just four cases were confirmed between June 6 and June 20, a rate of 2.8 for every 100,000 residents.
This is a big drop from a rate of 34.6 in the two weeks between May 9 and May 23.
East Northants has also seen a fall in the rate of new cases. The area has 217 confirmed cases, a rise of 10 in the last two weeks between June 6 and June 20 but this is a rate of 10.6 per 100,000 people.
In the fortnight between May 9 and May 23, East Northants was seeing an increase of 32.8 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people, so Northampton now has the highest rate of new coronavirus cases in the county. Between June 6 and June 20, there were 45 new confirmed coronavirus cases, a rate of 20.0.
Confirmed cases are those that have been tested in a lab. Anyone in England and Wales can now request a test if they are displaying symptoms of coronavirus, whatever their age.
Key workers have priority for tests, along with anyone who lives with a key worker.
Testing is most effective within three days of symptoms developing and you can choose between a home test kit or a test site appointment.
The test involves a swab of the nose and the back of the throat.
You can find out more from the government website here.
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