THE coronavirus infection rate in Southampton has fallen in the last week, following an earlier spike.

The city saw coronavirus infection rates are now at 1.2 new cases for every 100,000 residents, having dropped from 5.1 the previous week.

But the latest figures released by Public Health England show the rate has fallen in Fareham from 5.2 to 1.7, which remain the same since yesterday.

Test Valley infection rates have decreased from 2.4 to 0.0.

Infection rates in the New Forest have gone up from 1.1 to 2.2, as well as Eastleigh, from 1.5 to 3.0.

Meanwhile, the rate in Winchester has gone from 1.6 to 0.8 and in Portsmouth from Portsmouth 2.8 to 1.9.

New data is released each week and shows how rates of positive coronavirus tests are changing in each area.

The figures show the rate of new cases in the seven days to July 19, and are based on tests carried out in laboratories and in the wider community.

The rate is expressed as the new number of new cases per 100,000 population.

In Blackburn with Darwen, the rate has jumped from 48.3 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to July 12 to 79.9 in the seven days to July 19, with 119 new cases recorded.

Second on the list is Leicester, where the rate has gone down from 110.6 to 71.8, and where 255 new cases have been recorded.