Five fastest growing Covid hotspots in UK as rocketing cases hit record high

The UK is seeing Covid cases rocket with a new record daily high of 183,037 and now five hotspots have emerged which are seeing rates almost tripling week on week

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Coronavirus in numbers: UK records 183,037 new cases

Brits continue to see rocketing Covid cases with a new record daily high of 183,037 and in some parts of the country infections are almost tripling.

Latest figures show that while the highest numbers of Covid cases are in London, the rate at which the virus is spreading is more spread out with a number of worrying hotspots.

Data from the seven days to December 25, shows that Barrow-in-Furness is where Covid is spreading at the fastest rate with the highest week-on-week rise.

Looking at new cases per 100,000 people, there were 1,554.1 people newly infected in Barrow compared to 544 the previous week.

The positive cases in the data refer to people who have had a lab test plus those in England who have had a positive rapid lateral flow tests and do not have a negative confirmatory lab-based PCR test within 72 hours.

New data shows five hotspots where Covid rates are almost tripling


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Five UK areas with the biggest week-on-week rises:

  1. Barrow-in-Furness (up from 544.0 to 1,554.1 per 100,000 population)
  2. Copeland (439.4 to 1,325.7)

  3. Derry City & Strabane (768.3 to 1,653.1)

  4. Tameside (708.0 to 1,569.2)

  5. West Lancashire (533.6 to 1,324.1)

Behind Barrow in the list comes nearby Copeland, also in the north west of England, where the infection rate grew from 439.4 per 100,000 to 1,325.7 in a week.

In fact all the top five hotspots for rising Covid rates were in the North West except for third placed Derry City & Strabane that saw infections go up from 768.3 per 100,000 to 1,653.1.

Then completing the top five were Tameside (708.0 to 1,569.2 per 100,000) and West Lancashire (533.6 to 1,324.1 per 100,000).

Data for the last four days has not been included in the statistics as they are not yet complete.

The areas with the highest rates of Covid infections are in London


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But the striking data in the week up to Christmas Day showed that 95 per cent of the 377 local areas in the UK saw a rise, with only 17 locations seeing a drop.

The two areas though that had the highest number of cases the previous week, did encouragingly see a drop even if the number of infections were high.

Lambeth in London continues to have the highest rate in the UK, with 7,773 new cases in the seven days to December 25, the equivalent of 2,415.4 per 100,000 people.

This is down from a rate of 3,029.1 for the seven days to December 18.

Also in London, Southwark, has the second highest rate, but it is down from 2,540.2 to 2,274.6 per 100,000 people with 7,279 new cases.

Then in third was Lewisham but this London area saw a rise in cases from 2,187.9 to 2,250.5 per 100,00 with 6,871 new infections.

While Derry City & Strabane had the highest rate in Northern Ireland, East Renfrewshire was the worst affected in Scotland (1,458.5, up from 903.6) and Cardiff has the highest rate in Wales (1,349.1, up from 820.7).

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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