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Map shows coronavirus cases in your area and where local lockdowns could be next

Positive coronavirus tests by region week ending June 21. Confirmed cases for every 100,000 tested.
This map shows positive coronavirus tests by region, for the week ending June 21 (Picture:

A new map shows how many confirmed cases of coronavirus there are in your local area in England – and the places which could be locked down next.

There have now been 313,483 positive cases across the UK and 43,906 people have died, according to the latest figures from health officials on July 1.

These numbers of course only include the actual number of people who have been tested, and the true death toll is thought to be much higher.

Although across the country the number of daily confirmed cases and deaths has been falling since the peak in April, the virus is spreading more quickly in some local areas, creating hotspots.




New data from Public Health England (PHE) ending June 21 has revealed the ‘spike’ areas which could be of concern to the Government, and could be next to enter a local lockdown.

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The places include Barnsley, Bradford, Rochdale, Bedford, Blackburn with Darwen, Kirklees, Oldham, Rotherham, Tameside and Peterborough.

Each of the areas now has more than 38 cases of the virus per 100,000 people, but the numbers are still far lower than Leicester, which has more than double the number of weekly coronavirus cases than the next highest area and has just gone back into lockdown.

The map shows the areas of the UK with the highest number of Covid-19 cases, with the darker purple and red areas showing the worst-hit areas. Leicester, Bradford, Barnsley and Rochdale are highlighted in red as they have 45 or more weekly cases for every 100,000 people.

Police officers walking through Leicester
Leicester is the first British city to have gone into a second lockdown on a local scale (Picture: Getty Images)

The only figures available to local authorities were the results of hospital testing until recently, but now more testing is now taking place in the wider community.

The Department of Health says a data-sharing agreement has now been reached between local authorities and the Department of Health, which will give the Government access to the number of people testing positive in the community.

This should allow new hotspots to be quickly identified, and measures taken to restrict the spread of the disease such as local lockdowns.

Leicester is recorded as having 140.2 weekly cases of coronavirus per 100,000, while Bradford, in second place, has 69.44. Barnsley is ranked in third place, with 54.65 cases per 100,000 people.

New confirmed cases have been rising across 36 of the 151 upper-tier local authorities in England as lockdown is eased.

PHE and Department of Health sources told Sky News lockdowns could be ‘just days away’ in these 36 Covid spike areas.

Person being tested for coronavirus
There have now been more than 313,000 positive cases of coronavirus across the UK (Picture: Darrian Traynor)

Former government scientific adviser Professor Neil Ferguson admitted that the earmarked regions were ‘clearly of concern’ and suggested they could soon be placed into lockdown.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘It’s inevitable we will [see further outbreaks], we are relaxing lockdown rules and that means that contacts in the population are going up and that’s a very variable process.



‘I think there are a set of measures being introduced in those areas to track down transmissions but whether we need more measures will depend on whether we can pull case numbers down.

‘A second national wave is an agglomeration of small outbreaks like the Leicester one merged together across the country that’s exactly what we want to avoid by snuffing out those small outbreaks when they are just sparks, when we’re not seeing a national large increase in case numbers.’

But councillors for the 10 areas with the highest number of coronavirus cases have denied local lockdowns should be necessary.

Barnsley Council’s Leader Sir Steve Houghton stated there had been a reduction in the number of cases in the area now for four consecutive days.

He added: ‘We are continuing to monitor this and other data very closely, and to proactively manage the disease locally and in line with national guidance. This is why we do not believe at this stage any further measures will need to be implemented such as the ones seen in Leicester.’

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