THE number of new coronavirus cases recorded in one part of the county has increased by 40 per cent in a week according to the latest figures.

A total of 570 new coronavirus cases were recorded in Bromsgrove in the week up to October 7 – a rise of 40 per cent compared to the week before.

Wyre Forest also saw a surge in new cases rising by 36 per cent to 572 for the week – the highest among the county’s six districts.

Cases remained high in Redditch at 468 despite a drop of three per cent compared to the week before.

A total of 239 cases were recorded in Worcester in the week up to October 7 – a rise of 17 per cent compared to the previous week – and new cases increased in Worcestershire by 16 per cent in a week to 2,553.

The rise in cases around the county saw the number of new cases triple in Dines Green and St John’s in Worcester from 16 to 48 in a week.

Covid cases also increased in Evesham which saw the town remain on Public Health England’s coronavirus hotspot map.

A total of 154 cases were recorded in the town in the week compared to 138 in the week before.

Cases remained high in Wychavon, which includes Evesham, Pershore and Droitwich, at 522 – a week-to-week increase of six per cent – and 182 cases were recorded in Malvern Hills where new infections fell by nine per cent.

The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show one death was recorded across ‘all settings’ in Worcestershire in the week up to October 1 where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

One person from Redditch died in hospital from the virus according to the figures.

The single death means a total of 1,419 people have now died from Covid-19 in Worcestershire.

as many as 428,910 people in Worcestershire have now been vaccinated against coronavirus having received two jabs – almost 78 per cent of those aged 12 and above.

Around 83 per cent of people have received at least one jab, according to the figures from NHS England.