CORONAVIRUS infection rates are soaring in a handful of areas including Leeds, Bristol and Brighton which have so far managed to escape being hit by tougher restrictions.
The number of infections in some areas have jumped by more than 60 per cent in a week as local authorities scramble to get on top of spiralling cases.
Stockton-on-Tees, with an infection rate of 444.4 per 100,000 – up from 360 the week before, is at the top of the list of places at risk of tumbling into Tier 3.
And Leeds, with 420.6 cases per 100,000 isn’t far behind.
There were more than 3,300 new infections in Leeds last week.
The infection rate in Bristol soared by roughly 50 per cent in the last week, with 340 cases per 100,000, up from 227 per 100,000.
That translates to an extra 500 cases in just one week.
And the city is still only in Tier 1 – the lower Covid alert level.
London was given Tier 2 restrictions earlier this month despite much smaller infection numbers across most of the capital.
Bath, Cambridge and Brighton are also all at risk of hurtling towards a Tier 2 lockdown.
Bath and North East Somerset has a much higher infection rate than most London boroughs did when it went into the “high” Covid alert level.
There are currently 194.5 cases per 100,000.
And Cambridge has 189.1 cases per 100,000, significantly higher than the number of new cases in Oxford, which was slapped with tougher restrictions this morning.
Portsmouth and Brighton are also at risk, with 175 cases per 100,000 and 155 cases per 100,000 respectively.
Ministers and top experts have stressed one of the crucial decisive factors on whether to roll out new restrictions is based on new hospital admissions.