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Covid map: Latest data reveals the 58 WORST HIT areas for coronavirus infections

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Cases of coronavirus are continuing to spike across the UK, with officials closely monitoring key areas. The North of England in particular is at a tipping point, with the latest data showing several areas with increased cases.

One study of the pandemic in England has found coronavirus cases are doubling about twice as fast in the North West, Yorkshire and the West Midlands as for the whole of England.

This was the largest COVID-19 study of its kind, undertaken by React, and found the rate of growth of the epidemic across England has slowed in the last month, but the country was now at a “critical point in the second wave”.

On Friday, the UK recorded an increase of 13,864 cases and 87 deaths.

This brings the number of coronavirus cases across the UK to 575,679 since the pandemic began, with a total of more than 42,000 who have died within 28 days of a positive result.

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Data has also shown the UK’s R-rate stands at between 1.2 and 1.5.

The R-rate indicates the extent to which the virus is spreading, and the above figure means for every 10 people infected, between 12 and 15 will also catch the virus.

Government data also shows there are 3,550 coronavirus patients in hospital with 436 receiving ventilation treatment.

This comes as separate data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates that 224,400 people in England had coronavirus between September 25 and October 1, equating to about one in 240 people.

The figures represent a big jump from 116,600 people who were estimated to have COVID-19 in the previous week, and the ONS said cases “have increased rapidly” in the latest data.

The latest data from the Government now shows 58 areas across the UK have rates of more than 1,000 per 100,000 of the population.

The rates per 100,000 resident population give a fairer comparison of the number of cases in each area but they do not take account of the different rates of testing or differences in the age and sex of the local populations.

Looking at Lower Tier Authorities, top of the list with 2,261.7 cases per 100,000 of the population is Knowsley in Merseyside.

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Next is Oldham, with 2,246.2 cases per 100,000 followed by Blackburn with Darwen with 2,216.5.

Leicester is also high on the list, with 2,190.7 cases per 100,000, followed by Manchester with 2,144 and Liverpool with 2,081.6.

Professor Steven Riley from Imperial College London said there was evidence of “continued growth and possibly rapid growth” in regions such as the North West, Yorkshire and the West Midlands but the key message across England was that “prevalence is high”.

He added: “Prevalence is going to continue to go up unless either compliance with the messaging improves, or additional measures are introduced that are supported by the general public.

“There is a very strong epidemiological case for trying to reduce the transmission right now.”

The full list of cases above 1,000 per 100,000 of the population is below.

Lower Tier Authority – Cases per 100,00 of the population

1. Knowsley – 2,261.7

2. Oldham – 2,246.2

3. Blackburn with Darwen – 2,216.5

4. Leicester – 2,190.7

5. Manchester – 2,144

6. Liverpool – 2,081.6

7. Bolton – 2,072

8. Bradford – 2,067.7

9. Rochdale – 2,012.5

10. Newcastle upon Tyne – 1,851.6

11. Bury – 1,840.4

12. Merthyr Tydfil -1,777

13. St. Helens – 1,742.1

14. Tameside – 1,712.2

15. Salford – 1,674.8

16. Derry City and Strabane – 1,667.7

17. South Tyneside – 1,645.3

18. Halton – 1,622.7

19. Sunderland – 1,599.2

20. Sheffield – 1,597.5

21. Sefton – 1,582.4

22. Warrington – 1,564.7

23. Wirral – 1,554.6

24. Rhondda Cynon Taf – 1,523.6

25. Leeds – 1,496.3

26. Nottingham – 1,484.8

27. Wigan – 1,483.9

28. Gateshead – 1,453.6

29. Middlesbrough – 1,431.4

30. Trafford – 1,416

31. Lancashire – 1,402

32. Hartlepool – 1,381.5

33. Rotherham – 1,335.3

34. Wrexham – 1,323.2

35. Belfast – 1,316.6

36. Kirklees – 1,287.7

37. Stockport – 1,284.5

38. Blackpool – 1,265.7

39. Barnsley – 1,254.9

40. County Durham – 1,233.9

41. Birmingham – 1,232.7

42. Glasgow City – 1,172.6

43. North Tyneside – 1,161.5

44. Blaenau Gwent – 1,155.1

45. Sandwell – 1,152.1

46. Denbighshire – 1,102.4

47. Calderdale – 1,089.6

48. Stockton-on-Tees – 1,087.9

49. Luton – 1,084.2

50. Northumberland – 1,083.6

51. Bedford – 1,064.7

52. Cardiff – 1,040.6

53. Wakefield – 1,031.8

54. Darlington – 1,027.1

55. Doncaster – 1,015.1

56. Dundee City – 1,012.6

57. West Dunbartonshire – 1,008.7

58. Peterborough – 1,000.2

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