Coronavirus cases in the UK have now surpassed 295,000, of which more than 45,000 have died. Leicester was put on local lockdown more than two weeks ago. Coronavirus cases in Blackburn are on the rise, but a local lockdown will be “the very last resort” according to the area’s public health boss. Express.co.uk has compiled a guide to show you the 68 areas where covid is rising.
Government figures reveal there have been almost 300,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus.
The figures include people who have been tested, with the actual death toll expected to be higher.
According to the latest data, there appears to be a general downward trend in new coronavirus cases.
However, according to Public Health England, this downward trend appears to have stalled.
Coronavirus cases MAPPED: Where in the UK is COVID-19 on the rise?
Coronavirus cases MAPPED: The UK now has had nearly 300,000 cases of coronavirus
On Monday, July 20, another 580 cases were reported across the UK and a further 11 deaths were reported.
Of these 580 cases, 525 were in England, 23 in Northern Ireland, seven in Scotland and 15 in Wales.
According to the latest Public Health England data, the following areas show where COVID-19 cases.
As you can see from the map below, these areas have reported an increase of cases when you compare the week of July 6 to 12, to the week of July 13 to 19.
Coronavirus cases MAPPED: The 68 regions of the UK where coronavirus is on the rise
Coronavirus cases MAPPED: Total cases of coronavirus by lower tier local authority
Kensington and Chelsea, and Kingston upon Hull reported the highest percentage increases of 66.6 percent – with a total increase of 9 cases in Kensington from July 12 to July 19, with Kingston seeing 15 new cases in the same week.
Sandwell saw a rise of 60 percent week on week, with 28 new cases reported between July 5 and July 12, but a staggering 71 cases reported between July 12 and July 19.
In Newham, cases more than doubled – bringing the total number of cases to 1302, along with Middlesborough (962 total cases), Telford (620) and Trafford (1290).
Cases also doubled in Barnet, Enfield, Islington, Nottingham, Reading, Redcar and Cleveland, Rutland, Stockport and Solihull.
Kent remains at the top spot for total number of cases with 7,918 – with 151 cases reported in the last week, closely followed by Lancashie with 6,877 cases and Essex with 5,545.
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These are the places in the UK with the highest number of cases per 100,000 people, according to data from NHS Digital which covers July 12 to July 18:
- Blackburn with Darwen – 78.6 cases
- Leicester – 72.6 cases
- Rochdale – 46.8 cases
- Bradford – 40.4 cases
- Luton – 29 cases
- Kirklees – 28.5 cases
- Herefordshire – 23.9 cases
- Rotherham – 22.7 cases
- Sandwell – 22 cases
- Calderdale – 20.9 cases
In March, Prime Minister Boris Johnson implemented a nationwide lockdown in a bid to manage the rising cases of the deadly virus across Britain.
However, since May, a number of lockdown restrictions have gradually been eased across different parts of the country.
Coronavirus cases MAPPED: Positive cases of coronavirus by week in England
Coronavirus cases MAPPED: Mr Johnson implemented the nationwide lockdown on March 23
In England, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said authorities will take steps every week to tackle clusters of infections.
This action saw the Government order a local lockdown in Leicester on June 30.
Since that time, Mr Hancock has said lockdown restrictions in areas outside of Leicester city, Oadby and Wigston could end from July 18.
However, for areas within the lockdown zone, a relaxation of restrictions will begin on July 24, with schools and childcare facilities and non-essential shops reopening to begin with.
And Leicester has seen the week on week cases decrease, although the number is still high with 296 cases reported between July 13 and 19, compared t 437 the week previous.
Now the Lancashire town of Blackburn with Darwen has been named as one of the latest hotspots where coronavirus cases have spiked.
The area reported the highest infection rate with 82.6 cases per 100,000 people in the week to July 17 according to Public Health England data.
In the past week from July 13 to July 20, there have been 111 new cases in Blackburn with Darwen.
New measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 have been implemented, including requiring face coverings in England public spaces and imposing tighter limits on visitors from another household.
Officials in this region have also urged people to bump elbows instead of shaking hands or hugging.
However, the latest date from Public Health England, which was responsible for the map above, also revealed a surprising trend.
Three areas – Isle of Wight, St. Helens and North Somerset – actually saw the numbers decrease week on week, based on earlier versions of the reported data.
St Helens went down from 1200 reported in the week of July 6 to 12, down one to 1199 total cumulative cases as of July 19.
While North Somerset dropped eight, from 912 to 904, and Isle of Wight has decreased by one from 422 to 421.
Express.co.uk has contacted Public Health England to establish why this has happened.
The data used in this story can be downloaded here.
Public Health England said: “Our numbers are updated daily as we receive more complete information about cases. This may include more complete information about geographical location, meaning some cases that are attributed to one area may can moved to a different area.
“Additionally, in early July the total number of people tested and people testing positive reduced due to the adoption of the PHE deduplication processes between Pillar 1 and Pillar 2 testing.
“This process identifies individuals appearing in the dataset more than once and removes the ‘extra’ records. Duplicates between pillars arise when individuals are tested under both testing schemes.
“For example, someone first testing using a self-test kit in a care home (Pillar 2) and then becoming unwell and being tested in a hospital (Pillar 1) would count as two ‘individuals’ while actually being the same person.
“Deduplication corrects for this issue. The reduction was cumulative and retrospective, so historical data has been deduplicated.”