The 42 places where Covid cases are still rising – as interactive map reveals rates in YOUR area

THIS interactive map reveals Covid cases in your area, and how they have changed in the past week.

A total of 42 areas in the UK – excluding Northern Ireland – have seen infection rates go up.

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The map above shows how the outbreak has changed in every authority in England, Wales and Scotland in the days January 12 to January 19.

The data is from the Government coronavirus dashboard, based on positive Covid tests.

Of 385 places, 327 either saw cases stay the same or decline.

The largest jump in cases was recorded in Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, the council area of Na h-Eileanan Siar, Scotland.

Its cases per 100,000 soared from 26.2 to 190.9, a rise of 628.63 per cent.

Second was Orkney Islands, also in Scotland, where cases grew 99.44 per cent from 18 to 35.9 per 100,000.

However, the Orkney Islands has the lowest infection rate of all authorities.

Third was West Devon, where cases rose 43.88 per cent from 130.8 to 188.2.

Bolsover, Redditch, Mendip and Northumberland also saw a more than 15 per cent jump in cases per 100,000 in the seven days to January 19.

Monmouthshire, Highland, East Devon, the Isle of Wight, the Scottish Borders and Kensington and Chelsea all saw the largest decreases in cases, of more than 40 per cent.


The 42 places Covid cases increased

Data is shown as place name, the % change in cases per 100,000 in the week to January 19

  1. Comhairle nan Eilean Siar 628.63% up, to 190.9 cases per 100,000
  2. Orkney Islands 99.44% up, to 35.9
  3. West Devon 43.88% up, to 188.2
  4. Bolsover 24.33% up, to 526.3
  5. Redditch 18.42% up, to 708.4
  6. Mendip 15.95% up, to 295.9
  7. Northumberland 15.40% up, to 269.8
  8. North Warwickshire 14.92% up, to 424.4
  9. Warwick 13.50% up, to 297.7
  10. Hinckley and Bosworth 13.41% up, to 350.9
  11. Bassetlaw 12.65% up, to 310.7
  12. Erewash 10.09% up, to 455.1
  13. Middlesbrough 10.06% up, to 496.5
  14. Kettering 8.56% up, to 461.8
  15. Dudley 8.43% up, to 680.4
  16. Clackmannanshire 7.81% up, to 267.8
  17. Cotswold 7.38% up, to 193.6
  18. North East Derbyshire 7.20% up, to 338.1
  19. Moray 6.71% up, to 133.6
  20. Ceredigion 6.58% up, to 155.4
  21. Redcar and Cleveland 6.14% up, to 428.7
  22. Plymouth 5.42% up, to 319
  23. Rotherham 5.12% up, to 287.5
  24. Blaby 5.06% up, to 408.8
  25. Walsall 4.77% up, to 746.1
  26. North West Leicestershire 4.41% up, to 366.8
  27. East Lothian 4.38% up, to 112.1
  28. Gwynedd 4.29% up, to 194.3
  29. West Lancashire 3.59% up, to 479.4
  30. Melton 3.33% up, to 242.1
  31. Newcastle-under-Lyme 3.25% up, to 292
  32. Leicester 3.14% up, to 564.3
  33. Newcastle upon Tyne 2.86% up, to 273.4
  34. Coventry 2.83% up, to 508.7
  35. Rushcliffe 2.46% up, to 282.8
  36. Barnsley 2.36% up, to 243
  37. South Somerset 1.96% up, to 244.7
  38. Preston 1.70% up, to 501.6
  39. Somerset West and Taunton 1.42% up, to 364.2
  40. Pembrokeshire 0.93% up, to 174.1
  41. Broxtowe 0.75% up, to 363.1
  42. Lancaster 0.42% up, to 504.7

Looking at where cases are the highest, Knowsley is top with 961.1 cases per 100,000, a drop of 24 per cent in a week.

Sandwell is second, with 895.4 cases per 100,000, which has stayed the same over the past seven days.

Overall, six authorities have cases higher than 800 per 100,000. These are Knowsley, Sandwell, Slough, Wolverhampton, Hounslow and Ealing.

It means no place in the UK has a case rate higher than 1,000 per 100,000, as has been the case for weeks on end.

The majority of areas with the lowest infection rates are in Scotland, which has been in lockdown since January 4.

It comes after the Government said a further 610 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Sunday, bringing the UK total to 97,939.

Separate figures from statistical agencies show there have been 114,000 deaths when looking at death certificates.

The Government also said that, as of 9am on Sunday, there had been a further 30,004 diagnosed cases of coronavirus in the UK.

It brings the total number of cases in the UK to 3,647,463.


 

There are signs the outbreak is starting to slow, with government scientists revealing on Friday that the R rate could be as low as 0.6 in some parts of the UK.

The R rate – which represents the number of people an infected person will pass Covid onto – is now between 0.8 and 1.

Meanwhile, a total of 6.3 million people in the UK have received the first dose of their Covid vaccine.

Another 33 mass vaccination sites will open this week in a drive to get people jabbed as quickly as possible.


The Government is in a race to inoculate the most vulnerable as fast as possible after the new coronavirus variant from Kent spread rampantly over the end of December.

The new strain is more easily spread between people, and there is now evidence it is more deadly.

Boris Johnson has given hope today that some lockdown rules could be eased in just three weeks' time.

The Prime Minister said he is "looking at the potential of relaxing some measures" ahead of a review of restrictions on February 15.

Mr Johnson said the UK was on track to give the 13 million most vulnerable Brits a vaccine by February 15, adding: "But before then we'll be looking at the potential of relaxing some measures."

It follows a more sombre warning from the Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who said yesterday the lifting of lockdown rules in England remains a “long, long, long way” off.

His comment sparked uproar among senior Tory MPs who are demanding more clarity from ministers.

A dozen Conservative MPs have signed up to the “UsforThem” campaign to get schools opened up as soon as possible.

Asked when schools will reopen, the PM said he can "totally understand the frustration of parents", but that no one wanted to see "restrictions lifted so quickly while the rate of infection is so high".

Meanwhile some scientists have said the restrictions are not strict enough and need to go further to counter new strains.

Experts in evolution, virology and infectious disease at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Earlham Institute and University of Minnesota said people need to learn to “adapt” to a new way of life which includes the prolonged use of face masks and coverings and maintaining safe social interactions.

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