Two areas that have not been locked-down by the government are now among the top 10 places with the highest infection rates of coronavirus.
New data shows that Corby, Northants, and South Tyneside have had huge spikes in the number of killer Covid-19 cases in the last week.
Only Pendle and Bolton, the former currently locked down and the latter just coming out of restrictions, are above Corby in the most recent list of infection rates in England, The Mirror reports.
The town had 41 new cases in the seven days up to August 29, a rate of 56.8 per 100,000.
That is more than double the rate of 22.2 per cent reported in the week prior.
And South Tyneside reported 62 new cases, a rate of 41.1, up from 18 (11.9) in the week up to August 22.
There was also a surge in coronavirus cases in Rossendale and Bolton, both covered by local lockdown rules.
In Pendle, which has the highest growth currently, 66 new cases were recorded in the seven days to August 29.
That is the equivalent of 71.7 per 100,000 people and is the highest rate in England.
Oldham, Blackburn with Darwen and Manchester reported falling cases, while the other areas covered by local lockdown, aside from Bolton, experienced only modest rises in infections.
It comes as councils in Greater Manchester begged the government to postpone the easing of lockdown in Bolton and Trafford, as they were about to be exempt from rules.
And the government has spectacularly backed down from removing the towns from lockdown.
On Wednesday morning, people in Trafford and Bolton were expected to be allowed to visit friends and family in their homes and gardens again following an announcement by the government that social distancing measures were being relaxed.
But the move came despite a spike in cases in the borough over the last seven days, which has seen the infection rate rise to three times the national average.
And Health Secretary Matt Hancock has now bowed to the pressure, u-turned and ordered the towns to stay under lockdown.
In a statement, Mr Hancock said the decision was based on figures which showed that infection rates had doubled in Trafford since the last review, and trebled in Bolton.
The u-turning minister said: “This decision has been made in collaboration with local leaders after reviewing the latest data.
"We continually monitor outbreaks across the country, and have seen infection rates increase more than three times in Bolton in under a week, and double in Trafford since the last review.
“We have always been clear we will take swift and decisive action where needed to contain outbreaks.
“We can bring the rates down if we continue to work together and I urge everyone to continue to play their part by following the rules – get tested if you have symptoms, self-isolate and practice social distancing.”
Meanwhile, the top 20 Covid-19 growth spots are as followed, with total cases in brackets.
The second set of numbers is the comparable figures for the previous week.
Pendle 71.7 (66), 68.4 (63)
Bolton 59.1 (170), 18.4 (53)
Corby 56.8 (41), 22.2 (16)
Oldham 56.5 (134), 60.3 (143)
Rossendale 49.0 (35), 12.6 (9)
Blackburn with Darwen 48.8 (73), 57.4 (86)
Bradford 48.5 (262), 43.2 (233)
Rochdale 44.1 (98), 36.9 (82)
South Tyneside 41.1 (62), 11.9 (18)
Manchester 39.3 (217), 45.9 (254)
Tameside 37.1 (84), 30.5 (69)
Salford 36.3 (94), 27.8 (72)
Trafford 35.4 (84), 19.4 (46)
Kettering 35.4 (36), 25.5 (26)
Preston 32.8 (47), 25.8 (37)
Great Yarmouth 32.2 (32), 3.0 (3)
Leeds 31.4 (249), 18.9 (150)
Breckland 30.0 (42), 5.7 (8)
Birmingham 29.4 (336), 24.3 (278)
Kirklees 28.2 (124), 26.4 (116