Here's where Covid infections are rising fastest in Northamptonshire as ‘Freedom Day’ approaches

Areas in and around Northampton, Daventry, Wellingborough where infection rates have risen by up to 1,000 percent in a week

The true number of new Covid cases in Northamptonshire is nearly DOUBLE official figures announced on Friday (July 2).

Public Health Northamptonshire's weekly surveillance report's headline figure was 474 during the latest seven day period up to June 27.

Yet the government's daily data site has reported nearly 1,000 positive tests in the week up to Sunday (July 4).

Around ten areas are fuelling the rise with infection rates topping 300 even BEFORE cases from the latest five days are added on.

The site reported 182 positive tests in Northamptonshire in its latest daily figures released at 4pm on Sunday, taking the total of 926 in seven days.

The daily figure is the highest since February 20 and comes just as the Prime Minister is set to confirm restrictions will be lifted on 'Freedom Day', July 19.

Northamptonshire's Public Health director Lucy Wightman, admitted: “There is an increasing feel of ‘normal’ returning to our lives and, as restrictions ease, it is great for our mental well-being to meet with friends and family.

"But please remember the virus is still circulating, that the Delta variant spreads faster than any previous strain and case rates have seen a big increase locally in the last week."

Cases are growing fastest in are around Daventry and Long Buckby, in parts of Wellingborough, and several villages south of Northampton according to an interactive map on the government website.

In Long Buckby and Weedon there were 23 cases during seven days up to June 29 — the previous week saw fewer than three.

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