Where are the coronavirus hot spots in the UK?

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Newport and London are hot spots for coronaviruses, research shows (Photo: Getty Images / AP)

Newport, Wales has been calculated as the number one hotspot for coronaviruses in the UK, according to research.

So far, there are 60,733 confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the UK, while 7,095 people have died from the virus. A list of the regions where the coronavirus is most widespread has now been recorded, based on the number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

In Newport, there were 286 cases per 100,000 population as of April 7. The city is one of five regions in the UK with at least 200 confirmed cases of coronavirus per 100,000 population.

The other four zones are all in London, Brent having 248 cases per 100,000, Southwark 224, Lambeth 214 and Harrow 200.


UK regions with the highest number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 population

  • Newport – 286 cases per 100,000 population.
  • Brent – 248 cases per 100,000
  • Southwark – 224 cases per 100,000
  • Lambeth – 214 cases per 100,000
  • Harrow 200 cases per 100,000
Four London districts top the list (Photo: EPA)

As the results are based on the number of confirmed cases in an area, some regions may be ranked higher because they perform more tests than others.

There is also a lag in the processing and reporting of test results, so the daily figures are not necessarily a snapshot of what is happening in real time.

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Along with Newport, other parts of South Wales report some of the highest prevalence levels in the country, such as Cardiff, with 198 cases per 100,000, Torfaen, 188, and Blaenau Gwent, 174.

In England, the prevalence outside London is well over 100 cases per 100,000. As of April 7, the highest rate was recorded in Cumbria with 161 cases per 100,000, followed by Sheffield with 152 and Walsall with 136.

The quantity of tests varies according to the zones (Image: PA)

These levels could be influenced by the volume of testing in these regions of the country – particularly in Sheffield, where the board recognized that there were more tests underway than in other regions.

No region of mainland Scotland has yet reached similar prevalence levels in Wales or London.

The area covered by the Borders NHS Health Board has the highest prevalence of the virus with 129 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Tayside at 124 and Dumfries & Galloway in 102.

The Shetlands had 42 confirmed cases as of April 7, out of a population of 23,000, or 183 cases per 100,000 people.

There are over 60,000 cases of coronavirus in the UK (Photo: AFP)

Prevalence is also lower in Northern Ireland, with Belfast having the highest number with 116 cases per 100,000. Next are Lisburn & Castlereagh with 99 and Ards & North Down with 65.

Dr. Frank Atherton, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Wales, suggested last month that the high number of cases in the country may be partly due to increased testing by the Aneurin Bevan University Health Council , which is responsible for this part of the cities that dominated the list.

He said: “There have been many more tests at Aneurin Bevan and therefore the fact that we have done more tests has led to an increase in the number of cases identified. “

Dr Atherton also noted that “being on the border with England is a problem”, with London’s “hotspot” having direct rail links to the Welsh regions, with a high number of cases.

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