FOUR areas of Hampshire have seen a drop in new Covid-19 cases in the past seven days.

Coronavirus infection rates in Winchester have dropped from 1.6 to 0, and in Eastleigh from 1.5 to 0.

The latest figures released by Public Health England show the rate has also dropped in the New Forest from 1.1 to 0.6 and in Portsmouth from 2.8 to 1.4.

Meanwhile, figures have stayed the same in Southampton with 4.7 new cases for every 100,000 residents in the seven days ending July 13.

Figures for the Test Valley also reveal no change with the rate standing at 2.4.

These figures are compared to the seven days running up to July 13.

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

The figures are based on tests carried out in laboratories and in the wider community.

The rate is expressed as the new number of new cases per 100,000 population.

In Leicester, the rate has dropped from 126.7 in the seven days to July 6 to 99.7 in the seven days to July 13.

It was 141.0 in the seven days to June 29.

Second is Pendle, where the rate has risen from 28.4 to 65.6, and where 60 new cases have been recorded in the seven days to July 13.

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

– Blackburn with Darwen (up from 36.3 to 48.3, with 72 new cases in the seven days to July 13)

– Herefordshire (up from 3.1 to 43.2, with 83 new cases recorded in the seven days to July 13, linked to an outbreak on a farm near Worcester)

– Luton (up from 14.9 to 27.6, where 59 new cases have been recorded in the seven days to July 13)

The list is based on Public Health England figures updated on July 16 on the Government’s coronavirus online dashboard.

Data for the most recent three days (July 14 to 16) has been excluded as it is incomplete and likely to be revised.