HAMPSHIRE has seen a general drop in new Covid-19 cases over the past seven days.

Coronavirus infection rates in Southampton have fallen from 5.9 to 1.2 new cases for every 100,000 residents in the seven days ending July 24.

In the Test Valley, new cases have gone down from 2.4 to 0.8 cases.

Meanwhile, in Eastleigh, they have decreased from 4.6 to 3 and in Portsmouth from 1.9 to 1.4

The New Forest has seen no change with new cases standing at 1.7.

However, the latest figures released by Public Health England show that cases in Winchester have doubled from 0.8 to 1.6.

These figures, for the seven days to July 24, are based on tests carried out in laboratories and in the wider community.

They are sourced from PA Media and the rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.

Data for the most recent three days (July 25-27) has been excluded as it is incomplete and likely to be revised.

In Blackburn with Darwen, the rate has fallen from 83.9 cases per 100,000 in the seven days to July 17 to 75.2 in the seven days to July 24, with 112 new cases recorded.

Second on the list is Leicester, where the rate continues to fall and is now down from 82.5 to 61.9, with 220 new cases recorded.

In third place is Oldham, where the rate has jumped from 11.0 to 48.4, with 114 new cases recorded.

Other areas reporting notable week-on-week jumps include:

– Trafford (up from 9.3 to 31.7, with 75 new cases)

– Hyndburn (up from 26.0 to 39.6, with 32 new cases)

– Sandwell (up from 21.7 to 27.2, with 89 new cases)

The list is based on Public Health England figures updated on July 27 on the Government’s coronavirus online dashboard.