THE Covid-19 infection rate in Rotherham has fallen - but the borough still remains in the top ten of UK local authorities with the highest rises in new cases, according to the latest Public Health England data.
Latest figures showing the new infection rates per 100,000 people swab-tested between June 29 to July 5, which were released by PHE yesterday (Thursday), showed Rotherham had 21.5 cases per 100,000 - a drop of 4.6 from the figure of 26.1 for the week to June 28.
Rotherham still remains in the UK top ten, rising a place from seventh to sixth - but this rise was down to steep falls in other areas such as Sheffield and Bolton.
Covid in-patient numbers at Rotherham Hospital had also fallen to 21 this week, compared to 23 last week.
Teresa Roche, Rotherham Council's director of public health insisted that officials were not being complacent but pointed out Rotherham's level was much lower than the highests, while Rother Valley MP Alex Stafford told the Advertiser this week that the government had no plans to place Rotherham into a local lockdown.
Latest government figures showed that Rotherham had a total of 1,890 Covid-19 cases up until July 9, and 313 coronavirus-related deaths had been registered up until June 26.
Nearby Barnsley has dropped from third place to ninth in the infection rate list within the last week, going from 35.1 cases per 100,000 new Covid infections to 17.1 and Sheffield from 26.1 to 14.8.
Leicester still remains top of the list, with a figure of 116.0 cases .