Covid cases in my area: Where are coronavirus cases rising the most in the UK?

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Coronavirus case rates are rising in 83 percent of areas across the UK, according to recent data. However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisted this week there was “nothing in the data” to suggest Britain requires tougher restrictions. Covid infection rates have surged across Europe with the PM warning of “storm clouds gathering” across parts of the continent. Express.co.uk analyses the latest data to show which areas of the country are seeing cases jump the most.

Covid cases in the UK over the past week reached 270,431, the equivalent to a rate of 403.1 per 100,000 people, according to the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Four regions across the UK have case rates above the national average coronavirus rate.

These regions are the South West, South East, East Midlands and East of England, where the rates are 492.7, 450.8, 424.9 and 413.8 per 100,000 people, respectively.

Torridge has been identified as the local authority area with the highest Covid case rate per 100,000 people of any place across the UK at 876 – which is more than double the UK average figure.

A further 211 places across the UK have case rates above the UK average.

After Torridge, the highest rates were recorded in Mid Ulster, Causeway Coast and Glens and Mid Sussex, where the rates stand at 781.5, 772 and 737.5 respectively.

Two further places have rates equating to more than 700 cases per 100,000 people: North Devon and Gwynedd.

A total of 11 lower-tier areas have case rates of more than 600, including Vale of Glamorgan, Hinckley and Bosworth, Gosport, Selby, Teignbridge, Tandridge, Charnwood, Mid Devon, Elmbridge, Mid and East Antrim and Clackmannanshire.

Of all 377 local areas in the UK, 86 percent have seen a week-on-rise in rates, according to the latest data.

Of the remaining areas, 52 saw a fall (14 percent) while one remained unchanged.

The five places which saw the biggest week-on-week rises were:

  • Torridge – up from 483.1 to 934.2
  • Mid Ulster – up from 428.3 to 819.7
  • Causeway Coast & Glens – up from 510.5 to 812.0
  • Rutland – up from 269.3 to 570.7
  • Gwynedd – up from 465.8 to 764.6.

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Although cases are slowly falling across England, there are still many areas where the rate of new cases has prompted concern.

There are a total of 11 areas which have been identified to have an increase in the prevalence of the virus in the past seven days, according to the Zoe Covid Symptom Study.

The area identified to have the highest rate of cases per 100,000 people was Thurrock at 5,377 cases.

The remaining 10 places were Hammersmith and Fulham, Bolton, Manchester, Rochdale, Angus, Isle of Anglesey, Monmouthshire, Powys, Barnsley and Wakefield.

A further seven places had a fairly constant prevalence of the virus in the past week, while seven areas saw a decrease.

Britain’s rolling seven-day average of daily new coronavirus cases is still higher than the average of the EU27 and has been since June.

The UK’s infection rate, meanwhile, has climbed by about 15 percent over the past 10 days.

This is from a base that for the past six months has been consistently higher than the European average.

But the UK’s peak was in late October when the daily infection rate per million people was nearly 700.

This rate dropped to 495 on November 10, but for the past week has been climbing sharply once again.

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