Infection rates in Northumberland have almost doubled in a week, the latest weekly figures have revealed..

The numbers of infection rates and new cases for every local authority area in England has also named South Tyneside again as having one of the highest infection rates in the country.

The area recorded another sharp increases in new Covid-19 cases as the latest weekly rates have been released.

The figures for every local authority area in England, for the seven days to September 17, are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the Government's testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two).

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

Data for the most recent three days (September 18-20) has been excluded as it is incomplete and likely to be revised.

The figures show that over the seven day period, Northumberland saw its infection rate almost double from 24.7 per 100,000, to 49.3. The number of new cases also nearly doubled from 80 to 159.

Once again, South Tyneside was among the areas recording sharpest rise in its seven-day rate - up from 86.8 to 129.8, with 196 new cases.

The rate of infection increased by almost 20 in Newcastle, and over 10 in Gateshead and North Tyneside.

Sunderland, on the other hand, saw a drop of more than 20 per 100,000 in its infection rate - but still had one of the highest numbers of new cases in the North East - while County Durham also saw a slight decrease.

In Bolton, 540 new cases were recorded in the seven days to September 17 - the equivalent of 187.8 per 100,000 people.

Bolton continues to record the highest rate in England, though it is down from 213.2 in the seven days to September 10.

Rossendale has the second highest rate, up sharply from 60.2 to 159.5 with 114 new cases.

Hyndburn is in third place, where the rate has risen from 117.2 to 156.7 with 127 new cases.

Other areas recording sharp increases in their seven-day rates include:

- Liverpool (up from 96.4 to 138.1, with 688 new cases)

- Preston (up from 103.4 to 148.1, with 212 new cases)

- Manchester (up from 83.0 to 121.6, with 672 new cases)

Here is the North East list in full. From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to September 17; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to September 17; rate of new cases in the seven days to September 10; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to September 10.

North East lockdown restrictions

It comes as Professor Chris Whitty is set to warn that Britain stands at a "critical point" in the coronavirus pandemic, potentially laying the ground for tough new controls in an urgent attempt to halt the surge in infections.

In a televised briefing on Monday, the chief medical officer for England will say the country faces a "very challenging winter", with the current trend heading in "the wrong direction".

Boris Johnson spent the weekend with senior ministers and advisers discussing what action to take as the rise in the number of new cases showed no sign of slowing.

It is thought the Prime Minister could set out new measures in a press conference as early as Tuesday.

Prof Whitty, who will appear alongside the Government's chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance, will explain how the virus is spreading in the UK and the potential scenarios that could unfold as winter approaches.