UK’s Covid epicentre sees cases hit highest EVER level – is your area on hotspot list?

CORONAVIRUS cases in one of the worst hit areas in the UK are still rising and this map reveals if your local authority is one of them.

Infections in the South West have been rising for over a week now – with experts concerned that hospitals won't have the capacity to deal with rising rates.

Cheltenham in Gloucestershire currently has the highest rate of infection in the UK, with 1,478 new cases in the seven days to October 21, the equivalent of 1,273.7 per 100,000 people.

This is up sharply from 602.4 in the seven days to October 14.

Professor Tim Spector of King's College London and lead on the ZOE Symptom Tracker app said it wasn't just Cheltenham that is having issues in the region.

Posting to Twitter he used a graph from the app which showed a dramatic increase in infections across the region.

He said: "Zoe recording the highest ever number of new cases in the South West currently – so not just Cheltenham having problems.

"The SW also has the lowest hospital capacity."

When it comes to other areas in the South West, Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire has the third highest rate in the country, just behind Blaenau Gwent in Wales, up from 484.4 to 1,212.9, with 1,172 new cases.

Many local authority areas in the region feature in the most infected including Stroud, Swindon, Mendip, Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Gosport, each of these areas has seen a rise in cases.

Public health experts in the South West had previously said that an issue with testing had meant that case rates were actually far higher than had been recorded – and was the reason for such a steep increase in infections.

However, the government has stated that rates in the area were linked to previously lower rates across the region – rather than the lab errors that had occurred in Wolverhampton and had impacted testing across most of the South of England.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's official spokesperson last night said: “In terms of the causes behind the increase in the south-west, we’ve seen there was this lab error; I don’t believe that accounts for the increases we have seen.

“We know the south-west was an area that did not previously have as high rates as other parts of the country, which may be a factor as well.”

The 255 places where Covid cases are still rising

The figure on the LEFT shows cases per 100,000 in the seven days up to October 21. The figure on the RIGHT shows infections, also per 100,000, in the seven days up to October 14.

  1. Cheltenham, South-west England, 1273.7, (1478), 602.4, (699)
  2. Blaenau Gwent, Wales, 1213.9, (850), 649.8, (455)
  3. Tewkesbury, South-west England, 1212.9, (1172), 484.4, (468)
  4. Stroud, South-west England, 1202.6, (1454), 607.9, (735)
  5. Swindon, South-west England, 1112.3, (2479), 580.6, (1294)
  6. Mendip, South-west England, 1083.5, (1260), 720.6, (838)
  7. Bath and North East Somerset, South-west England, 1054.2, (2070), 759.8, (1492)
  8. North Somerset, South-west England, 995.9, (2147), 493.1, (1063)
  9. South Gloucestershire, South-west England, 948.5, (2730), 460.4, (1325)
  10. Caerphilly, Wales, 938.2, (1705), 685.6, (1246)
  11. Torfaen, Wales, 936.4, (888), 815.1, (773)
  12. Gosport, South-east England, 934.1, (791), 742.8, (629)
  13. Somerset West and Taunton, South-west England, 931.0, (1447), 791.4, (1230)
  14. Wiltshire, South-west England, 910.0, (4587), 659.6, (3325)
  15. West Berkshire, South-east England, 886.6, (1405), 527.6, (836)
  16. Forest of Dean, South-west England, 878.2, (765), 494.8, (431)
  17. Cotswold, South-west England, 867.5, (783), 377.8, (341)
  18. Neath Port Talbot, Wales, 851.2, (1229), 628.2, (907)
  19. Winchester, South-east England, 849.7, (1070), 719.5, (906)
  20. Eastleigh, South-east England, 812.4, (1101), 659.7, (894)
  21. Surrey Heath, South-east England, 810.5, (723), 590.8, (527)
  22. Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, 797.5, (1079), 736.9, (997)
  23. Copeland, North-west England, 793.6, (540), 712.8, (485)
  24. Newport, Wales, 786.8, (1231), 590.6, (924)
  25. Sedgemoor, South-west England, 780.1, (963), 595.4, (735)
  26. Gloucester, South-west England, 768.6, (997), 345.4, (448)
  27. South Somerset, South-west England, 764.7, (1290), 599.3, (1011)
  28. Chelmsford, Eastern England, 761.9, (1368), 559.2, (1004)
  29. North Tyneside, North-east England, 756.4, (1580), 636.8, (1330)
  30. Bristol, South-west England, 747.6, (3483), 437.0, (2036)
  31. Warwick, West Midlands, 717.7, (1040), 575.5, (834)
  32. South Oxfordshire, South-east England, 708.7, (1019), 467.4, (672)
  33. Woking, South-east England, 699.9, (700), 618.0, (618)
  34. Wokingham, South-east England, 699.1, (1216), 638.7, (1111)
  35. Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales, 693.3, (1677), 502.3, (1215)
  36. Buckinghamshire, South-east England, 689.0, (3769), 533.8, (2920)
  37. North Kesteven, East Midlands, 687.3, (812), 539.1, (637)
  38. Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, 681.8, (412), 494.8, (299)
  39. St Albans, Eastern England, 681.1, (1017), 594.0, (887)
  40. Chesterfield, East Midlands, 678.5, (712), 591.8, (621)
  41. High Peak, East Midlands, 675.8, (626), 674.7, (625)
  42. Halton, North-west England, 673.6, (874), 638.9, (829)
  43. Ribble Valley, North-west England, 670.7, (416), 520.7, (323)
  44. Barrow-in-Furness, North-west England, 669.9, (447), 635.4, (424)
  45. Bromsgrove, West Midlands, 664.2, (668), 608.5, (612)
  46. Monmouthshire, Wales, 658.9, (627), 592.7, (564)
  47. South Norfolk, Eastern England, 650.0, (930), 580.9, (831)
  48. Test Valley, South-east England, 644.8, (820), 538.7, (685)
  49. East Cambridgeshire, Eastern England, 639.9, (577), 563.4, (508)
  50. Tunbridge Wells, South-east England, 639.0, (760), 449.8, (535)
  51. Mid Devon, South-west England, 635.1, (529), 553.5, (461)
  52. Rochford, Eastern England, 627.7, (550), 482.7, (423)
  53. West Devon, South-west England, 627.0, (352), 595.0, (334)
  54. Ryedale, Yorkshire & the Humber, 625.6, (348), 483.6, (269)
  55. Redditch, West Midlands, 625.2, (535), 604.2, (517)
  56. New Forest, South-east England, 620.1, (1114), 473.1, (850)
  57. Darlington, North-east England, 619.2, (665), 607.1, (652)
  1. Telford and Wrekin, West Midlands, 618.2, (1121), 555.9, (1008)
  2. Waverley, South-east England, 617.9, (782), 482.8, (611)
  3. Horsham, South-east England, 616.6, (897), 475.0, (691)
  4. Sevenoaks, South-east England, 614.6, (746), 486.9, (591)
  5. Basingstoke and Deane, South-east England, 614.3, (1092), 549.6, (977)
  6. Harlow, Eastern England, 611.8, (534), 396.4, (346)
  7. Dorset, South-west England, 611.1, (2321), 477.6, (1814)
  8. Craven, Yorkshire & the Humber, 610.4, (350), 525.0, (301)
  9. Northumberland, North-east England, 607.7, (1968), 510.8, (1654)
  10. Havant, South-east England, 601.6, (760), 450.4, (569)
  11. Clackmannanshire, Scotland, 598.6, (307), 417.2, (214)
  12. Reading, South-east England, 597.5, (958), 470.3, (754)
  13. Rushmoor, South-east England, 596.5, (563), 448.2, (423)
  14. Armagh City Banbridge and Craigavon, Northern Ireland, 593.8, (1290), 550.6, (1196)
  15. Central Bedfordshire, Eastern England, 593.0, (1744), 385.2, (1133)
  16. Dartford, South-east England, 587.5, (670), 348.1, (397)
  17. Rossendale, North-west England, 585.2, (418), 432.6, (309)
  18. East Hampshire, South-east England, 581.4, (720), 456.2, (565)
  19. Fylde, North-west England, 581.2, (472), 435.9, (354)
  20. Reigate and Banstead, South-east England, 580.3, (866), 511.9, (764)
  21. East Hertfordshire, Eastern England, 579.1, (879), 527.1, (800)
  22. Uttlesford, Eastern England, 577.8, (536), 477.6, (443)
  23. Dacorum, Eastern England, 573.8, (892), 472.8, (735)
  24. Southampton, South-east England, 572.2, (1447), 515.7, (1304)
  25. Vale of White Horse, South-east England, 569.2, (785), 464.8, (641)
  26. East Devon, South-west England, 568.6, (842), 471.4, (698)
  27. Wychavon, West Midlands, 568.3, (745), 511.9, (671)
  28. Isle of Wight, South-east England, 567.1, (807), 529.2, (753)
  29. Ceredigion, Wales, 566.6, (413), 344.3, (251)
  30. Mid Suffolk, Eastern England, 566.5, (594), 485.4, (509)
  31. Norwich, Eastern England, 565.5, (804), 402.3, (572)
  32. Redcar and Cleveland, North-east England, 565.5, (776), 475.9, (653)
  33. Windsor and Maidenhead, South-east England, 563.9, (853), 487.9, (738)
  34. Stratford-on-Avon, West Midlands, 563.4, (746), 534.0, (707)
  35. Castle Point, Eastern England, 563.4, (510), 356.8, (323)
  36. South Ribble, North-west England, 560.8, (623), 548.2, (609)
  37. Spelthorne, South-east England, 555.7, (555), 449.6, (449)
  38. Antrim and Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, 553.7, (796), 507.1, (729)
  39. Broadland, Eastern England, 553.3, (730), 480.6, (634)
  40. West Suffolk, Eastern England, 553.3, (981), 529.0, (938)
  41. Bridgend, Wales, 553.1, (816), 412.1, (608)
  42. Mole Valley, South-east England, 551.7, (483), 366.7, (321)
  43. St Helens, North-west England, 547.8, (992), 516.9, (936)
  44. Fareham, South-east England, 544.1, (633), 480.5, (559)
  45. East Staffordshire, West Midlands, 543.3, (657), 506.9, (613)
  46. Sutton, London, 542.6, (1127), 356.3, (740)
  47. Rugby, West Midlands, 542.3, (600), 488.9, (541)
  48. South Staffordshire, West Midlands, 540.2, (607), 477.0, (536)
  49. Gateshead, North-east England, 539.7, (1090), 504.1, (1018)
  50. Cheshire West and Chester, North-west England, 538.4, (1851), 533.7, (1835)
  51. Maidstone, South-east England, 538.3, (932), 378.9, (656)
  52. Runnymede, South-east England, 538.0, (486), 347.6, (314)
  53. Three Rivers, Eastern England, 537.4, (505), 402.3, (378)
  54. South Derbyshire, East Midlands, 529.6, (580), 496.7, (544)
  55. Portsmouth, South-east England, 529.6, (1137), 447.2, (960)
  56. Lisburn and Castlereagh, Northern Ireland, 526.5, (771), 476.6, (698)
  57. Slough, South-east England, 526.2, (787), 446.6, (668)
  1. South Hams, South-west England, 524.2, (461), 352.5, (310)
  2. King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Eastern England, 523.0, (791), 436.4, (660)
  3. Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole, South-west England, 521.2, (2069), 376.6, (1495)
  4. Plymouth, South-west England, 519.3, (1365), 449.7, (1182)
  5. Chichester, South-east England, 518.5, (630), 361.3, (439)
  6. Solihull, West Midlands, 517.3, (1125), 456.6, (993)
  7. Crawley, South-east England, 515.7, (580), 334.3, (376)
  8. North Hertfordshire, Eastern England, 514.0, (686), 413.6, (552)
  9. Milton Keynes, South-east England, 513.7, (1388), 389.7, (1053)
  10. Scarborough, Yorkshire & the Humber, 513.2, (558), 452.5, (492)
  11. Arun, South-east England, 508.3, (819), 323.4, (521)
  12. Stafford, West Midlands, 507.8, (700), 484.6, (668)
  13. Richmond upon Thames, London, 507.7, (1006), 441.1, (874)
  14. North Warwickshire, West Midlands, 504.2, (330), 499.6, (327)
  15. Middlesbrough, North-east England, 503.9, (712), 394.9, (558)
  16. Bracknell Forest, South-east England, 503.4, (625), 461.5, (573)
  17. Brentwood, Eastern England, 495.8, (383), 432.4, (334)
  18. Worthing, South-east England, 495.8, (549), 426.3, (472)
  19. Hambleton, Yorkshire & the Humber, 494.9, (455), 411.2, (378)
  20. Tonbridge and Malling, South-east England, 493.3, (654), 414.9, (550)
  21. Hertsmere, Eastern England, 492.1, (519), 489.2, (516)
  22. Dudley, West Midlands, 492.0, (1586), 460.0, (1483)
  23. Causeway Coast and Glens, Northern Ireland, 491.9, (713), 460.9, (668)
  24. Basildon, Eastern England, 491.0, (921), 371.6, (697)
  25. North Devon, South-west England, 491.0, (482), 463.5, (455)
  26. Tendring, Eastern England, 489.3, (721), 481.8, (710)
  27. Rochdale, North-west England, 485.1, (1085), 445.3, (996)
  28. Maldon, Eastern England, 483.2, (316), 377.7, (247)
  29. Tameside, North-west England, 479.9, (1090), 471.1, (1070)
  30. East Ayrshire, Scotland, 478.6, (582), 361.0, (439)
  31. Ashford, South-east England, 478.6, (627), 384.7, (504)
  32. Watford, Eastern England, 477.1, (461), 372.6, (360)
  33. Preston, North-west England, 476.6, (687), 434.3, (626)
  34. West Lothian, Scotland, 471.7, (867), 452.1, (831)
  35. Stevenage, Eastern England, 471.0, (415), 441.5, (389)
  36. Breckland, Eastern England, 470.8, (665), 458.7, (648)
  37. West Oxfordshire, South-east England, 469.8, (525), 451.9, (505)
  38. Hounslow, London, 469.5, (1276), 439.7, (1195)
  39. Teignbridge, South-west England, 469.5, (634), 402.1, (543)
  40. Torbay, South-west England, 469.1, (639), 410.4, (559)
  41. Herefordshire, West Midlands, 469.0, (908), 411.1, (796)
  42. Epsom and Ewell, South-east England, 466.6, (378), 421.0, (341)
  43. Walsall, West Midlands, 466.3, (1337), 407.0, (1167)
  44. Cherwell, South-east England, 465.6, (707), 439.3, (667)
  45. Luton, Eastern England, 464.6, (992), 387.8, (828)
  46. Belfast, Northern Ireland, 463.0, (1586), 457.1, (1566)
  47. Guildford, South-east England, 462.9, (696), 437.0, (657)
  48. Great Yarmouth, Eastern England, 460.7, (457), 450.6, (447)
  49. Mid Sussex, South-east England, 452.2, (688), 342.4, (521)
  50. Coventry, West Midlands, 451.0, (1711), 397.2, (1507)
  51. Kingston upon Thames, London, 450.5, (807), 400.8, (718)
  52. Lincoln, East Midlands, 449.8, (450), 374.8, (375)
  53. Knowsley, North-west England, 448.7, (684), 400.8, (611)
  54. Braintree, Eastern England, 442.9, (678), 425.9, (652)
  55. Gwynedd, Wales, 441.0, (552), 419.4, (525)
  56. Falkirk, Scotland, 434.7, (698), 373.7, (600)
  57. Broxtowe, East Midlands, 433.6, (497), 374.3, (429)
  58. Wealden, South-east England, 432.0, (703), 262.4, (427)
  59. Fife, Scotland, 430.3, (1610), 411.6, (1540)
  60. Gravesham, South-east England, 429.4, (459), 354.6, (379)
  61. Sunderland, North-east England, 429.4, (1193), 396.6, (1102)
  62. Worcester, West Midlands, 426.9, (428), 355.1, (356)
  63. South Tyneside, North-east England, 424.8, (642), 362.6, (548)
  64. Barnet, London, 424.6, (1694), 310.5, (1239)
  65. Southend-on-Sea, Eastern England, 419.6, (767), 332.1, (607)
  66. Sefton, North-west England, 417.2, (1151), 390.7, (1078)
  67. Thurrock, Eastern England, 417.0, (732), 404.5, (710)
  68. Sheffield, Yorkshire & the Humber, 415.6, (2449), 405.5, (2389)
  69. Wigan, North-west England, 414.9, (1372), 406.1, (1343)
  70. Brighton and Hove, South-east England, 413.4, (1206), 314.0, (916)
  71. Bury, North-west England, 411.6, (785), 360.2, (687)
  72. Exeter, South-west England, 411.0, (548), 330.0, (440)
  73. York, Yorkshire & the Humber, 410.4, (866), 313.7, (662)
  74. Newcastle upon Tyne, North-east England, 407.7, (1251), 338.3, (1038)
  75. North Lanarkshire, Scotland, 406.0, (1385), 338.0, (1153)
  76. Boston, East Midlands, 405.2, (287), 371.3, (263)
  77. Hartlepool, North-east England, 405.0, (380), 331.4, (311)
  78. Broxbourne, Eastern England, 402.7, (393), 344.3, (336)
  79. Wolverhampton, West Midlands, 390.7, (1033), 358.2, (947)
  80. Pendle, North-west England, 388.5, (358), 367.9, (339)
  81. Adur, South-east England, 387.9, (249), 333.4, (214)
  82. Malvern Hills, West Midlands, 383.9, (305), 334.8, (266)
  83. South Lanarkshire, Scotland, 378.4, (1214), 338.5, (1086)
  84. Medway, South-east England, 377.9, (1055), 283.7, (792)
  85. North East Lincolnshire, Yorkshire & the Humber, 375.2, (598), 361.4, (576)
  86. East Dunbartonshire, Scotland, 375.2, (408), 338.4, (368)
  87. Epping Forest, Eastern England, 374.5, (495), 265.6, (351)
  88. North Norfolk, Eastern England, 370.8, (390), 317.6, (334)
  89. Richmondshire, Yorkshire & the Humber, 368.5, (198), 286.6, (154)
  90. Harrow, London, 366.6, (925), 294.8, (744)
  91. Scottish Borders, Scotland, 361.0, (416), 314.1, (362)
  92. Lewes, South-east England, 348.7, (361), 301.4, (312)
  93. Angus, Scotland, 335.0, (388), 316.0, (366)
  94. Blackburn with Darwen, North-west England, 333.3, (500), 294.6, (442)
  95. Hillingdon, London, 330.7, (1022), 280.2, (866)
  96. Bexley, London, 328.1, (818), 252.7, (630)
  97. Ealing, London, 326.7, (1112), 275.0, (936)
  98. South Ayrshire, Scotland, 326.4, (366), 260.4, (292)
  99. Havering, London, 326.1, (850), 232.9, (607)
  100. Manchester, North-west England, 320.7, (1782), 307.9, (1711)
  101. Leicester, East Midlands, 319.7, (1132), 292.9, (1037)
  102. West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, 319.2, (282), 298.8, (264)
  103. Hastings, South-east England, 314.4, (291), 283.1, (262)
  104. East Lothian, Scotland, 313.3, (338), 305.8, (330)
  105. Merton, London, 312.9, (646), 276.1, (570)
  106. Perth and Kinross, Scotland, 311.4, (473), 258.7, (393)
  107. Redbridge, London, 303.3, (927), 246.7, (754)
  108. Cambridge, Eastern England, 303.0, (379), 280.7, (351)
  109. Argyll and Bute, Scotland, 300.8, (257), 252.8, (216)
  110. Birmingham, West Midlands, 300.7, (3430), 294.7, (3361)
  111. Bolton, North-west England, 298.7, (861), 289.0, (833)
  112. Rother, South-east England, 297.8, (288), 245.0, (237)
  113. Bromley, London, 295.1, (982), 250.9, (835)
  114. Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Scotland, 290.6, (77), 147.2, (39)
  115. Wandsworth, London, 286.6, (945), 254.4, (839)
  116. Swale, South-east England, 284.7, (430), 215.9, (326)
  117. Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, 279.9, (415), 236.0, (350)
  118. Enfield, London, 278.5, (929), 263.5, (879)
  119. Inverclyde, Scotland, 276.4, (213), 228.4, (176)
  120. Hammersmith and Fulham, London, 271.9, (499), 250.1, (459)
  121. Highland, Scotland, 267.6, (630), 210.3, (495)
  122. Thanet, South-east England, 265.1, (375), 229.0, (324)
  123. Greenwich, London, 261.2, (755), 226.6, (655)
  124. Canterbury, South-east England, 259.7, (433), 225.5, (376)
  125. Croydon, London, 258.9, (1006), 233.2, (906)
  126. Barking and Dagenham, London, 256.4, (549), 183.1, (392)
  127. Waltham Forest, London, 255.3, (707), 237.6, (658)
  128. Haringey, London, 250.4, (667), 237.3, (632)
  129. Kensington and Chelsea, London, 248.6, (390), 220.6, (346)
  130. Glasgow City, Scotland, 248.3, (1578), 234.6, (1491)
  131. Folkestone and Hythe, South-east England, 245.3, (278), 217.1, (246)
  132. Brent, London, 237.4, (778), 203.5, (667)
  133. Orkney Islands, Scotland, 236.6, (53), 93.8, (21)
  134. Islington, London, 219.7, (545), 180.6, (448)
  135. Tower Hamlets, London, 216.6, (719), 188.9, (627)
  136. Lewisham, London, 213.2, (651), 177.9, (543)
  137. Newham, London, 213.1, (757), 178.7, (635)
  138. Camden, London, 210.7, (589), 179.2, (501)
  139. Hackney and City of London, London, 209.7, (612), 159.3, (465)
  140. Westminster, London, 204.6, (552), 166.8, (450)
  141. Southwark, London, 177.2, (567), 139.1, (445)

Government data shows that out of the 377 local authorities across the UK, 255 have seen a rise in infections in the seven days to October 21.

In terms of case rate per 100,000, the South West has the highest rate, with 760 cases per 100,000 of the population.

But daily case rates paint a different picture and the government dashboard states that 4,863 people are currently testing positive each day in the South West, this makes it the second highest areas for daily infections, with the South East reporting 6,258 each day.

In terms of daily hospital admissions, the daily rate in the South West has actually gone down in the last few days.

Government data states that 96 people each day are being admitted in the South West, this is down slightly from 100 a day last week.

The area with the most daily hospital admissions is the North East and Yorkshire and the Humber with 154 each day – this is also down from 121 last week.

One expert said while the initial testing blunder would have caused infections, those people who had in fact had Covid would no longer be testing positive – meaning the virus had now been spread across the community.

FALSE NEGATIVES

Dr Kit Yates, a senior lecturer in the department of mathematical sciences at the University of Bath said these figures will be independent of the testing scandal, indicating that the fast rises we are seeing are genuine and not a result of retesting.

Speaking to The Guardian, he said there are two factors as to why the South West might be experiencing high rates.

“Firstly, the south-west has the highest proportion of the new AY4.2 subvariant, which seems to spread slightly faster than the original Delta variant.

“Secondly, it’s also the case that not all the false negatives were sent to the south-west; some were sent to Wales, some to the south-east and some to Yorkshire, so it’s possible that some of the rises in these regions are also due to the false negatives scandal.”

The latest figures from the government yesterday revealed that Covid deaths and cases had dropped to their lowest figures in two weeks.

Another 38 deaths were confirmed yesterday along with 36,567 new infections.

Daily infections have not been so low since October 10, when cases rose by 34,574.

Meanwhile, newly recorded deaths were last lower on October 11, when the number grew by 28.

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