THE coronavirus infection rate has spiked in Southampton, despite an earlier drop.

The city saw rates increase to 3.6 new cases for every 100,000 residents in the seven days to August 18, up from 3.2 the previous week.

But the latest figures released by Public Health England show that rates in Test Valley have gone up to 6.3, from 0.8 before.

In Eastleigh, infection rates have decreased from 4.5 to 3.7, and in the New Forest, from 2.8 to 2.2.

In Fareham, rates dramatically went up, at 7.7 cases for every 100,000 residents, from 1.7 the week before.

Coronavirus infection rates have risen in Portsmouth, from 2.8 to 3.7, and up to 2.4 from 0.0 in Winchester.

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

The figures, for the seven days to August 17, are based on tests carried out in laboratories and in the wider community.