THE coronavirus infection rate in Wyre Forest has spiked once again after last week's figures appeared to suggest the rate of spread was finally slowing.

The infection rate per 100,000 people - a key indicator of the spread of the virus - increased in Bromsgrove, Worcester, Redditch, Wychavon, Wyre Forest and Malvern Hills in the seven days up to October 22 compared to the previous week.

Worcester's seven-day rolling infection rate more than doubled to 152.1, with 154 cases recorded in the city, compared to an infection rating of 73.1 a week earlier.

A total of 741 cases were recorded in Worcestershire in the seven days up to October 21, according to Public Health England, with the county's overall infection rate rising to 124.4 per 100,000 people.

The highest infection rate in the county was in Bromsgrove, where it increased to 179.2 per 100,000 people, with 179 cases recorded in the week up to October 22. The infection rate a week earlier was 160.2.

The infection rate in Wychavon was 113.6 with 147 cases compared to 83.4 a week earlier.

The infection rate in Redditch was 140.7 compared to 113.8 a week earlier, with 120 cases recorded in the seven days up to October 22.

The infection rate in Malvern was 96.6 with 76 cases compared to 64.8 a week earlier.

What is the current situation in Wyre Forest?

Wyre Forest recorded an infection rate of 109.6 for the seven days up to October 22, compared to a rate of 86.9 a week earlier.

The district recorded 111 cases that week, compared to 88 cases the week before.

The infection rate in Wyre Forest had previously fallen from 94 to 79, and for the seven days up to October 20, stood at 88 per 100,000 people - suggesting that the spread of infection had slowed.

However, the latest data places Wyre Forest among five districts in Worcestershire with an infection rate higher than 100.

Early indications for the seven days up to October 23 suggest Wyre Forest's infection rate may have risen even higher to 112.

The latest Public Health England map, which covers the seven days up to October 21, shows the seven-day rolling infection rate for individual areas in Wyre Forest.

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The areas in dark blue had the highest infection rate, followed by dark green, light green, yellow then white. Areas with fewer than three cases are not represented.

Here are the rolling seven-day infection rates by area in Wyre Forest for the week ending October 21:

Stourport Lickhill and Burlish (256.6) - 18 cases, up two

Greenhill (156.9) - 11 cases, up six

Hartlebury and Wychbold (137.8) - 11 cases, up two

Stourport Mitton and Wilden (163.9) - 13 cases, down one

Comberton (106.6) - nine cases, up one

Franche (101.7) - seven cases, up two

Foley Park (158.3) - 12 cases, up nine

Birchen Coppice (82.3) - five cases, up three

Bewdley East and Upper Arley (102.4) - seven cases, up two

Kidderminster Town (81.9) - seven cases, down one

Bewdley West, Ribbesford and Far Forest (85.1) - six, up one

Wolverley, Cookley and Blakedown (54.9) - five cases, down two

Spennells and Hoobrook (46.7) - three cases, up one