CONCERNS have been raised over an area of Southampton with the highest Covid infection rate in the city.

Newtown and Nicholstown, which covers much of the Bevois ward area's southern half, recorded 65 new cases in the seven days to February 11, according to the latest data from Public Health England.

This was a rise of 38.3% on the previous week's cases, leaving the area with an infection rate of 532 per 100,000 people, or one in 188.

The area has a Covid infection rate of more than one in 200 people - almost double the city's second highest.


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MP for Southampton Test, Alan Whitehead, has said the data is "a real concern".

He told the Daily Echo: "I know that Newtown and Nicholstown have similar demographics to communities that have seen relatively high levels of COVID-19 across the UK and this is a real concern.

"I would urge residents in the area to continue to follow current guidance, and please do take up the offer of a vaccine when offered.

"I know there is a community effort here and in other areas of the city to stop the spread of misinformation about the vaccine which will be important in driving the rates down in the coming months."

The area with the second highest rate in the city is Sholing East.

According to Public Health England, the district saw 19 new cases in the week to February 11 - a rise of 46.2%.

This leaves the area with an infection rate of 259 per 100,000 people, or one in 386.