Covid hotspots MAPPED: 70 areas where cases are rising more than UK average

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The coronavirus pandemic has borne an unprecedented impact on the lives of people around the world for more than a year. Typical freedoms and behaviours have been banned as Governments and health officials attempt to grapple with the deadly virus which rapidly spread nation to nation. Now the UK is forging ahead with vaccination efforts, but as the virus mutates the danger has now passed entirely. Express.co.uk has compiled a list of the 70 areas where cases are on the rise more than the UK average.

Data and modelling indicates a risk of a “substantial third wave” of Covid Professor Neil Ferguson from said today.

The Imperial College London scientist said he expects deaths in any third wave to be lower courtesy of the vaccine.

But he added it was too hard to discern how Covid cases “will translate into hospitalisations, but it is well within the possibility that we could see a third wave at least comparable in terms of hospitalisations, maybe not as severe, as the second wave”.

Professor Ferguson said: “Almost certainly I think deaths probably will be lower – the vaccines are having a highly protective effect, cases in hospital now are milder – but it still could be quite worrying.”

The UK reported its highest number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 since late February on June 9.

The rise in cases has been attributed to the emergence and spread of the Delta variant, which originated in India.

In addition, a total of 1,024 people are now being treated in hospital, up 69 on the previous day.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said this week the new variant is 40 percent more transmissible than the Kent variant.

However, Professor Ferguson said his “best estimate” is that the Delta variant is around 60 percent more transmissible.

The seven-day average for people in hospital remains at 827, which is the highest level seen since May 17.

In North West England this figure is 256, the highest since April 20.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed the rising rates of coronavirus on Wednesday saying the effectiveness of the vaccine rollout will determine if June 21 lockdown easing can take place.

He said: “Everyone can see very clearly… that cases are going up, and in some places hospitalisations are going up.”

When asked about Freedom Day on June 21, he said the Government would rely on “data not dates”.

Mr Johnson added: “That’s what we’ll be looking at and there are arguments being made one way or the other, but we’ll be driven by the data and be looking at that and we’ll be setting it out on Monday”.

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Analysis found 10 percent of UK local areas currently have Covid-19 rates of above 100 cases per 100,000 people – the highest number of areas above this threshold since March 23.

These 38 areas include places like Blackpool where cases have jumped to 111.2 per 100,000 week on week from 43.7.

East Dunbartonshire is another area where cases have jumped to 110.5 per 100,000 from 64.4.

Leicester and Cheshire West and Chester have also reported significant increases, rising by rates of 17.2 and 69.1 per 100,000 respectively.

The current seven-day rate per 100,000 population for the UK stands at 49.2.

There are 70 upper-tier local areas above this threshold amount, which means cases are rising at a higher rate than across the UK generally.

These areas include:

  • Blackburn with Darwen: 833 cases – 556.5
  • Bolton: 921 cases – 320.3
  • Salford: 600 cases – 231.8
  • Manchester: 1,244 cases – 225
  • Bury: 382 cases – 200
  • Clackmannanshire: 98 cases – 190.1
  • Stockport: 552 cases – 188.1
  • Dundee City: 280 cases – 187.5
  • South Ayrshire: 201 cases – 178.5
  • City of Edinburgh: 878 cases – 167.3
  • Lancashire: 1,942 cases – 159.2
  • Glasgow City: 992 cases – 156.7
  • Wigan: 491 cases – 149.4
  • Angus: 172 cases – 148
  • Rochdale: 319 cases – 143.4
  • Trafford: 340 cases – 143.2
  • Bedford: 246 cases – 142
  • East Renfrewshire: 134 cases – 140.3
  • Renfrewshire: 232 cases – 129.5
  • East Ayrshire: 156 cases – 127.9
  • Midlothian: 113 cases – 122.2
  • Cheshire East: 405 cases – 105.4
  • Blackpool: 145 cases – 104
  • East Dunbartonshire: 113 cases – 104
  • Kirklees: 447 cases – 101.6
  • Tameside: 228 cases – 100.7
  • Leicester: 348 cases – 98.2
  • Oldham: 229 cases – 96.6
  • Bracknell Forest: 118 cases – 96.3
  • Bradford: 514 cases – 95.2
  • Cheshire West and Chester: 321 cases – 93.6
  • Reading: 146 cases – 90.2
  • Wokingham: 153 cases – 89.4
  • Stirling: 80 cases – 84.9
  • Luton: 180 cases – 84.5
  • South Lanarkshire: 271 cases – 84.5
  • North Lanarkshire: 287 cases – 84.1
  • Lambeth: 263 cases – 80.7
  • North Ayrshire: 105 cases – 77.9
  • Leeds: 610 cases – 76.9
  • Perth and Kinross : 116 cases – 76.3
  • Wandsworth: 243 cases – 73.7
  • North Tyneside: 152 cases – 73.1
  • Slough: 108 cases – 72.2
  • West Lothian: 129 cases – 70.5
  • West Dunbartonshire: 59 cases – 66.3
  • Southwark: 211 cases – 66.2
  • Birmingham: 706 cases – 61.8
  • East Lothian: 66 cases – 61.6
  • Calderdale: 129 cases – 61
  • Ealing: 206 cases – 60.3
  • Newcastle upon Tyne: 182 cases – 60.1
  • Westminster: 156 cases – 59.7
  • Wakefield: 203 cases – 58.3
  • Hillingdon: 176 cases – 57.4
  • Central Bedfordshire: 165 cases – 57.2
  • Falkirk: 92 cases – 57.2
  • Kingston upon Thames: 100 cases – 56.3
  • Tower Hamlets: 180 cases – 55.4
  • Warrington: 116 cases – 55.2
  • Hammersmith and Fulham: 101 cases – 54.6
  • Walsall: 155 cases – 54.3
  • Croydon: 209 cases – 54
  • Kensington and Chelsea: 84 cases – 53.8
  • Brent: 168 cases – 50.9
  • Wirral: 164 cases – 50.6
  • Fife: 187 cases – 50.1
  • Telford and Wrekin: 90 cases – 50
  • Haringey: 134 cases – 49.9
  • Derry City and Strabane: 75 cases – 49.6.

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