THIS interactive map shows how high Covid cases are in your local area, as scientists reveal the most dangerous regions to live right now.
London boroughs continue to have some of the highest rates of infections – but are seeing improvements.
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Meanwhile cases are on the rise in parts of the North West and Midlands, official Government data shows.
Merseyside in particular, including Liverpool city, has shown sharp increases.
Surges in cases have been blamed on the new coronavirus variant that first emerged in Kent in September.
King’s College London say one in 44 people in London are carrying the virus right now, which compares to one in 342 in Herefordshire.
It comes during England’s third national lockdown, which is beginning to show signs of working in early data.
Experts say the R rate has dipped below 1 across the UK ahead of the Government’s official update later.
And fewer people – as much as half – are catching the virus each day now compared with before Christmas.
Where are cases highest?
Barking and Dagenham in London has the most cases in the UK, with 1,510 per 100,000, according to the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.
Close behind is Newham, also in London, with 1,407 cases per 100,000.
Knowsley in Merseyside is third, with 1,401 new cases per 100,000 people.
In fourth and fifth places are two more London boroughs – Harlow (1,305) and Redbridge (1,263).
The data is according to new cases diagnosed in the seven days to Sunday, January 10. The past five days cannot be used because the data is incomplete.
WHere are cases highest in the UK?
- Barking and Dagenham: 1,510.5
- Newham: 1,406.80
- Knowsley: 1,401.30
- Harlow: 1,305.90
- Redbridge: 1,263
- Thurrock: 1,237.20
- Halton: 1,214
- Rushmoor: 1,210.40
- Tendring: 1,181.80
- Enfield: 1,154.60
- Gravesham: 1,139.90
- Broxbourne: 1,139
- Bexley: 1,129.70
- Tower Hamlets: 1,128
- Waltham Forest: 1,110.50
- Isle of Wight: 1,110.20
- Brent: 1,107.70
- Hounslow: 1,104.10
- Slough: 1,101.40
- Croydon: 1,098.20
King’s College London researchers, who track the outbreak using the ZOE Covid Symptom Study app, have been able to reveal the worst and least affected areas of England right now.
London is still the most infected region, where one in every 44 people have the virus right now, or 2,291 per 100,000.
One in 49 people have Covid in Essex, Thurrock and Southend on Sea, and one in 65 in Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes.
On the other end of the scale, Herefordshire has the least number of active Covid cases, with one in 342 carrying symptomatic Covid right now.
Lincolnshire (one in 230) and Devon (one in 224) also have lower case numbers.
It comes as data reveals the Covid crisis is beginning to ease, a week after the third national lockdown came into force.
The KCL team say that 53,528 people are catching symptomatic cases of Covid in the UK every day, 23 per cent lower than the 69,958 estimate a week ago.
Cases have plateaued in most of the age groups, the data shows, chiming with official figures from Public Health England.
And the R rate across the UK is predicted by KCL to be 0.9, but some areas are still as high as 1.2.
It must be below 1 in order for outbreak to get smaller, but has been above 1 for several weeks amid the second wave.
Experts at Cambridge University also said they believe the crucial R rate has finally dropped below one in some areas, and could be as low as 0.6 in London.
The official update on the R rate from the Government’s scientific group Sage will be published later today.
The Cambridge team’s current estimate of the daily number of new infections occurring across England is 60,200, half the 117,000 per day on December 21.
London, the South East and East of England went into Tier 4 on December 21 to try and control the new coronavirus variant.
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Diagnosed cases, which only include those tested on the NHS, are also down by seven per cent in a week – 48,682 new infections were reported yesterday.
The data – from the Department of Health – suggests cases have been dwindling even before the third lockdown was implemented last month.
But deaths are yet to peak, experts say, after a staggering 1,248 fatalities were recorded yesterday – more than seven per cent higher than last Thursday.
Hospital admissions will also show a delayed fall in numbers. Hospitals are currently at “breaking point” treating the surge of Covid patients that came from Christmas onwards.