The East Midlands city already had the highest COVID-19 infection rate in the UK, but now its weekly rate of new cases has risen even further, and topped 750 cases per 100,000 people – according to figures based on Public Health England data published on Friday.

A total of 2,532 new infections were recorded in the seven days to 6 October, the equivalent of 760.6 cases per 100,000 people.

It is a huge leap from 527 new cases in the previous seven days (the week to September 29), or 158.3 per 100,000 people.

Nottingham remains well ahead of the area with the second highest rate in England, Knowsley in Merseyside, which is now on 657.6 cases per 100,000.

Sky News

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