The latest data shows that the Bradford Coronavirus infection rate is increasing with the infection rate now at 191 out of 100,000 compared to 172 previously.

This is below the national average this is being driven by the new variant of the virus that is spreading across the South East and London.

The data is from the week 17 to 23 December.

There were 1,029 cases reported across the district in that time compared 929 the week before, an increase of 11%.

Hospital admissions across Bradford had almost doubled in that time rising from 44 to 113.

The wards across the district with the most Covid cases are Bolton and Undercliffe, Toller, Idle and Thackley, Clayton and Fairweather Green, Ilkley, Bradford Moor, City, Little Horton, Shipley and Bingley.

Bradford Council are urging residents that live in one of these wards to take extra care

A statement from Bradford Council said

“The numbers for Bradford district are slightly higher than neighbouring authority areas. Our cases per 100,000 residents number is currently high when compared to some parts of the country.

Nobody yet knows exactly why COVID-19 is more prevalent in some places than others. However, large urban areas where people live more closely together, economic disadvantage and health inequalities are all considered to play a role in infection rates.  In Bradford, we have recently acted to contain small outbreaks, which could have affected the weekly figures.”