Interactive map shows how many new COVID cases there are in your area

Matilda Long
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 A man walk past closed shops and COVID-19 social distancing sign at Covent Garden, a shopping and entertainment hub in west end London. UK has confirmed 38000 new cases and 599 COVID-19 deaths. (Photo by May James / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
There are two areas of the UK with new infections rates of more than 1,000 per 100,000 people (PA Images/ Flourish)

Knowsley in Merseyside has the UK’s highest rate of new daily COVID-19 infections, with a seven-day rolling rate of 1,136 new cases per 100,000 people, according to the latest government data.

Slough has the second highest, with 1,030 new cases per 100,000 people – the only other area currently with an infection rate over 1,000.

The Orkney Islands have the lowest infection rate, with a seven-day average of 14 infections per 100,000 people.

Search your local authority in the map below to see the coronavirus infection rate in your area

The figures are a seven-day rolling rate of new infections, meaning they represent the average number of new infections each day per 100,000 people over the past week for which data is available.

The map shows the rate as of 15 January, as the data after this time is incomplete and likely to change due to reporting delays.

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Of the 380 UK local authorities, the vast majority have seen a decrease in the seven-day infection rate compared to the week before. Some 18 areas have seen an increase in the infection rate, and 362 have seen a decrease.

While the decrease in infection rates is encouraging, scientists have warned that the current lockdown restrictions might not be enough to bring the pandemic under control as the new mutant variant continues to spread.

Professor Paul Elliott, who is leading the React study at Imperial College London, has suggested the current measures may not be strict enough to see a drop in the R rate.

The study, which involving 143,000 people, who were randomly selected, looked at the prevalence of coronavirus including in people without symptoms.

Infections from 6-15 January were 50% higher than in early December, the study found.

The React study captures different data to the official government figures, which rely on people who have come forward to be tested.

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Prof Elliot told the BBC on Thursday: “We’re in a position where the levels are high and are not falling now within the period of this current lockdown.”

Meanwhile, NHS England data shows one in 10 major hospital trusts had no spare adult critical-care beds last week.

Some 15 out of 140 acute trusts reported 100% occupancy of all “open” beds each day from 11-17 January.

The UK saw a record daily death toll on Wednesday, after official figures showed that a further 1,820 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for COVID-19.

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