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Covid positive tests mapped: TWO areas at highest risk after lockdown easing first stage

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Coronavirus lockdown measures will hopefully be completely lifted by June 21 according to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s four-step roadmap published last month. All schools and colleges in England began reopening on Monday. Express.co.uk has compiled data put together by the Zoe Covid Study App to show which areas of England are still showing a rise in coronavirus cases despite steps being taken to ease lockdown measures.

There have now been more than 4.2 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.

Government figures show almost 125,000 people have died within 28 days of a positive Covid test.

According to the latest data available, 10,898 patients are currently in hospital receiving treatment with an additional 1,542 on ventilation.

Britain is in the midst of its vaccination programme with more than 22 million people having received their first dose of the Covid vaccine so far.

Speaking from Downing Street on Monday, Mr Johnson discussed the “overwhelming feeling” of relief as lockdown easing began.

The PM said: “This has been a big day and an emotional day for millions of families up and down the country, as children see – and play with – their friends for the first time in months.”

He added: “We will continue on this roadmap, but we must remember that today’s return to schools will of course have an impact on the spread of the virus.

“And so at all times and as we decide on the next steps when we take them we will be driven by the data, and with the number of patients being admitted to hospital with Covid each day still around eight times higher than the lows of last Summer, it is more vital than ever to follow the rules.”

The ZOE Covid Symptom Study app compiles data revealing the risk levels for areas in England and shows how prevalent the virus is in each area.

According to the ZOE Covid Study, the following two following areas have reported a rise in the prevalence of the virus in the past week:

Buckinghamshire: 269 prevalence rate per 100,000 and 52 per 100,000 in those aged 60+

East and West Sussex, and Brighton and Hove: 162 prevalence rate per 100,000 and 70 per 100,000 in those aged 60+.

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An additional 29 areas have an implied steady rate of coronavirus in the past week:

  • Greater Manchester
  • Lancashire, Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen
  • Cumbria
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Tees Valley (LA5)
  • North East 7 (LA7)
  • The Humber
  • West Yorkshire
  • Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
  • Lincolnshire
  • Leicester and Leicestershire
  • Northamptonshire
  • Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull
  • Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
  • Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin
  • Worcestershire
  • Herefordshire
  • Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes
  • Hertfordshire
  • Norfolk
  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Suffolk
  • Kent & Medway
  • Reading, Wokingham, Bracknell Forest, Windsor and Maidenhead, West Berkshire
  • Wiltshire and Swindon
  • Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset
  • Cornwall and Isle of Scilly
  • Dorset, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
  • Gloucestershire.

Only 11 areas have shown a decrease in the prevalence of the virus in the past week according to the data.

These areas include Warrington and Cheshire; South Yorkshire; Derby and Derbyshire; Birmingham and Black Country; London; Essex, Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea; Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton; Surrey; Oxfordshire; Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Devon.

Despite showing a decrease in the prevalence rate of the virus, London has the highest hospital bed occupancy of any region of the UK at 10.83 percent.

This is followed by the East and West Midlands both with 9.75 percent, and the North West with 8.73 percent.

The East Midlands has the highest positivity rate at 4.44 percent with an incidence rate of 19.5 per 100,000.

The North East has the second-highest positivity rate at 3.66 percent and an incidence rate of 14.7 per 100,000 followed by the North West with 3.29 percent and 13.1 per 100,000 respectively.

The app also reveals the highest number of symptomatic coronavirus cases per 100,000 people were in the 20 to 29 age group with 351 cases.

This was followed by 303 and 234 in the 30 to 29 and 40 to 49 age groups respectively.

The lowest number of cases was in the 70 to 79 age group with 23 cases per 100,000, followed by 33 in the 80 to 89 age group.

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