Coronavirus infection rates continue to soar across the country as SAGE experts have warned the UK is "heading in the wrong direction".

The warning from Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Advisor Sir Patrick Vallance comes as data shows Burnley with the highest rate of infection in England.

The region has recorded 291 new cases in the seven days to September 27 - the equivalent of 327.3 cases per 100,000 people.

This is up sharply from 178.8 per 100,000 in the seven days prior.

Knowsley has the second highest rate, up from 204.2 to 261.8 with 395 new cases.

Liverpool is in third place, where the rate has increased from 198.4 to 258.4 with 1,287 new cases.

Other areas recording sharp increases in their seven-day rates include Newcastle upon Tyne - up from 160.8 to 255.6, with 774 new cases.

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Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty warned things were "heading in the wrong direction"

Manchester's infection rates increased from 172.6 to 236.0, with 1,305 new cases and St Helens was up from 128.5 to 211.5, with 382 new cases.

The figures come after an alarming 7,108 increase of cases across the UK - down from yesterday's 7,143, which was the highest ever daily increase since the coronavirus pandemic began.

And another 71 deaths were reported for the second successive day, taking the tragic death toll to 42,143.

England's confirmed cases rose by 5,656, Scotland 640, Wales 388 and Northern Ireland 424, taking the overall number across Britain to 453,264.

Top 33 areas in England with their infection rate (per 100,000) and the figure a week ago

Burnley: 327.3 up from 178.8

Knowsley: 261.8 up from 204.2

Liverpool: 258.4 up from 198.4

Newcastle upon Tyne: 255.6 up from 160.8

Manchester: 236.0 up from 172

St. Helens: 211.5 up from 128.5

Pendle: 207.4 up from 161.8

Halton: 205.5 up from 189.3

Liverpool has seen a sharp increase in the rate of infections

Preston: 197.7 up from 183.7

Hyndburn: 195.0 up from 193.7

Sunderland: 183.3 up from 140.4

Sefton: 182.0 up from 121.9

Rochdale: 170.9 up from 146.6

Warrington: 163.3 up from 130.9

Salford: 161.5 up from, 143.7

Bradford: 151.9 up from 146.2

A further 7,108 cases were recorded in the past 24 hours

Northumberland: 149.2 up from 84.0

Tameside: 146.6 up from 137.8

Leeds: 138.3 up from 108.6

Wigan: 135.7 up from 120.2

Gateshead: 135.1 up from 130.7

North Tyneside: 134.7 up from 97.2

Birmingham: 124.3 up from 121.7

West Lancashire: 123.4 up from 76.1

Middlesbrough: 121.3 up from 53.2

Hartlepool: 120.6 up from 79.0

Craven: 117.3 up from 78.8

Trafford: 115.0 up from 69.5

Fylde: 105.2 up from 66.8

Kirklees: 98.2 up from 92.3