Coronavirus infections are rising in 117 areas in England, according to new data - released a week after lockdown was eased.

The figures, for the week up to April 15, show that 37 per cent of local authorities in the country have seen an increase in cases.

But, of the 315 areas, 186 (59 per cent) have seen a fall and 12 (four per cent) are unchanged.

The latest figures, compiled by the PA news agency, come a week after lockdown restrictions were lifted across England.

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April 12 saw the return of outdoor drinking and eating at pubs and the reopening of non-essential retail, among other services.

Luton currently has the highest rate in England, statistics show, with 195 new cases recorded in the seven days to April 15.

That is the equivalent of 91.5 cases per 100,000 people and is up slightly from 84.5 cases in the town in the week before.

Doncaster has the second highest rate, up very slightly from 79.2 to 80.5, with 251 new cases.

Bradford has the third highest rate, down slightly from 84.5 to 74.1, with 400 new cases.

UK Covid daily death toll lowest in seven months as four people lose their lives

The UK has recorded the lowest daily death toll in seven months with four more fatalities.

A further 2,963 new infections were also recorded, and the number of people to have received a first dose of a vaccine has hit nearly 33million.

Monday's tragic toll is the lowest since September 1, 2020, when three fatalities were recorded.

The figure is typically lower on Mondays after a weekend data reporting lag.

But the latest figures continue a downward trend in deaths as lockdown and vaccination efforts take effect.

Two of the four latest deaths were recorded in England, and two in Wales - with none in Scotland or in Northern Ireland.

The last time the UK's daily toll was last consistently in the single digits was for a short period last summer, and at the very beginning of the pandemic when recording of the figures first began.

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