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Two graphs, one made available by the Government and another by geographical information firm ARCGIS, show that numbers of coronavirus infections have been steadily rising since lockdown ended, and highlight the covid hotspots around the country. It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the ‘rule of six’, restricting gatherings to a maximum of six people. The rules will be enforceable by police, who are allowed to make arrests or issue fines. Mr Johnson said: “I want to be absolutely clear, these measures are not another national lockdown. The whole point is to avoid a second national lockdown.”
In the last week, cases have risen from 12.5 infections per 100,000 people to 19.7 per 100,000 across the UK.
A Government graph shows that cases have been steadily rising in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
On August 1, England reported 494 daily cases, Wales recorded 16, Scotland had 23 while Northern Ireland had 10 positive cases.
On September 1, those figures had drastically increased, undoubtedly due to the easing of lockdown measures.
The same Government graph shows that, at the start of this month, England reported 1,910 daily cases, Scotland had 198, Northern Ireland recorded 72 and Wales had 57 cases.
A separate map from ARCGIS shows the spots in the UK where coronavirus cases are the highest as of September 6.
As it stands, most of these areas are situated in the Midlands, verging into the North.
Birmingham is the biggest hotspot, having recorded more than 40 cases in just one day in Greet & Sparkhill South and Springfield & Hall Green West, while other parts saw cases reach between 20 and 39.
Parts of Leicester, which was the first city to enter a local lockdown, have recorded up to 29 cases in one day.
Greater Manchester, which has also seen a number of areas implement local lockdown measures, continues to record high numbers.
Cases in Bolton were between 20 and 29, showing the virus is still prevalent in this part of the country.
Bradford stands out as a hotspot on the map as well after the city recorded more than 40 cases of coronavirus on September 6.
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Houghton Town and Houghton West, in the north east, show unusually high case numbers reaching up to 39, and higher than 40 in some areas.
The rising case numbers have led to beliefs a mandatory curfew could be issued by the Government in coming weeks, similar to the rules imposed on pubs in Bolton.
Pubs in the town have been forced to close between 10pm and 5am in an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Antwerp in Belgium also introduced a curfew between 11.30pm and 6am in July following a spike in cases.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock praised the measures taken by the Belgian Government.
He said: “We’ve seen the increase in the number of cases sadly in the last few days. We have seen that across Europe there’s a second wave that many countries have experienced.
“Some of those countries have then got that second wave under control.
“If you look at what has happened in Belgium, they saw an increase and then they have brought it down, whereas in France and Spain that just has not happened.”
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