Coronavirus: Half of current cases 'unrecognised' says expert
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More than 2.08 million people across England have now had coronavirus booster vaccines as the booster programme concludes its third week. Booster jabs are given to eligible and vulnerable individuals at least six months after a second vaccine dose in a bid to protect the most at-risk populations in Britain. Express.co.uk explores the latest Covid data and infection rates to show which places around the country are leading the way when it comes to surges of the virus.
The UK has quickly emerged as Europe’s virus hotspot with one of the fastest-growing rates of infection.
Only a handful of countries across Europe have a higher infection rate than the UK, including Romania and Serbia.
According to Our World in Data the European countries which have higher daily new confirmed COVID-19 cases than the UK as of October 8 were:
- Lithuania: 735.99 cases per one million
- Latvia: 675.67 cases per one million
- Romania: 654.74 cases per one million
- Estonia: 619.75 cases per one million
- Montenegro: 604.14 cases per one million.
The UK has a seven-day rolling average for new daily coronavirus cases per one million population of 504.5 as of October 8.
This is an increase of 112 percent from October 16, 2020, when the rate was 238.19 per one million people.
There have been many reasons for Britain’s high rates of infection including the fact the country was hit by more infections variants such as Alpha and Delta than other areas of Europe.
The epidemic in the UK is largely being fuelled by high rates in teenagers and, in particular, those under the age of 16 who have not had a very long to get vaccinated, unlike their peers in Europe.
So which areas of the UK are hotspots for the virus?
The Government confirmed 34,950 new Covid cases on October 9, with 133 people having died within 28 days of a positive test.
As of October 5, 817 hospital patients had been admitted to hospital due to coronavirus.
The latest daily update shows cases have risen 5.2 percent in a week, while deaths have decreased 1.2 percent.
The Government’s Covid dashboard also shows 85.4 percent of the population aged 12 and above have had a first vaccine dose, with 78.5 now fully vaccinated.
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In the UK, 21 areas have seen infections rise according to the ZOE Covid Symptom Study app which reveals the risk levels for areas in England.
According to the ZOE Covid Study, 21 areas have been highlighted as red watchlist places which reported a rise in the prevalence of the virus in the past week:
- Northamptonshire: 1,999 cases per 100,000 people
- Peterborough: 2,961 cases per 100,000 people
- Brent: 1,975 cases per 100,000 people
- Harrow: 2,986 cases per 100,000 people
- Hounslow: 2,383 cases per 100,000 people
- Westminster: 2,302 cases per 100,000 people
- Northumberland: 3,397 cases per 100,000 people
- Tameside: 2,817 cases per 100,000 people
- Trafford: 2,441 cases per 100,000 people
- Belfast: 3,503 cases per 100,000 people
- Dundee City: 4,138 cases per 100,000 people
- Isle of Wight: 2,306 cases per 100,000 people
- Cardiff: 2,333 cases per 100,000 people
- Carmarthenshire: 2,547 cases per 100,000 people
- Denbighshire: 2,500 cases per 100,000 people
- Flintshire: 2,687 cases per 100,000 people
- Vale of Glamorgan: 3,335 cases per 100,000 people
- Solihull: 2,383 cases per 100,000 people
- Telford and Wrekin: 2,102 cases per 100,000 people
- Leeds: 2,146 cases per 100,000 people
- North Lincolnshire: 2,254 cases per 100,000 people.
An additional two areas have an implied steady rate of coronavirus in the past week:
- Cheshire East: 2,065 cases per 100,000 people
- Bradford: 3,112 cases per 100,000 people.
Only two areas have shown a decrease in the prevalence of the virus in the past week according to the data.
These areas include Neath Port Talbot and Newport.
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