The five regions of the UK with the highest coronavirus rates are all in Scotland, according to the latest figures broken down by local authorities.
Figures are based on the is from the government own Covid dashboard and are for the seven days through September 6. The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.
Of the 377 local areas in the UK, 345 or 92% saw their tariffs increase week over week, while only 31 (8%) saw a decrease and one is unchanged.
Carmarthenshire, in southwest Wales, has the biggest increase in the UK, from 424.6 to 742.9 cases per 100,000 people.
Clackmannanshire in Scotland has the second largest increase on a week-over-week basis, from 715.5 to 1,009.9 cases per 100,000 people.
They are followed by Caerphilly (391.8 to 659.8), Vale of Glamorgan (331.9 to 571.3) and Fife (608.1 to 819.0).
Meanwhile, West Dunbartonshire has the highest Covid rate in the UK, with 1,133 new cases in the seven days leading up to September 6 – the equivalent of 1,282.5 per 100,000 people.
North Lanarkshire has the second highest rate, down slightly from 1,266.0 to 1,237.0, with 4,220 new cases.
Inverclyde, Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire, all in Scotland, follow with the highest Covid rates in the UK.
The figures come as three Cornwall hospitals have temporarily suspended surgeries in order to focus on emergency care caused by a spike in Covid admissions.
Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust, which operates the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Treliske, Truro, St Micheal’s Hospital, Hayle and West Cornwall Hospital, Penzance, has over 40 people hospitalized who are positive for Covid and nearly 50 others who are contacts and must be isolated, Cornwall Live reports.
In a statement, the trust’s medical director said he made the “difficult decision” as “Covid-related admissions [remain] high and health and care services in Cornwall [are] under continuous pressure ”.
The UK recorded 147 more deaths within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 on Thursday, bringing the UK total to 133,988.
Additional reports by the PA