Coronavirus potential new hotspots across UK – and South Tyneside on top

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South Tyneside has become a potential new coronavirus hotspot, according to new figures which show the UK is on average registering nearly 1,300 new cases every day. The borough of North East England, which is not subject to a local lockdown, is at the top of the watch list of a Covid-19 symptom tracking app after entering the table for the first time.

He is followed by Blackpool, who topped the roster last week, Oldham, Halton and Manchester, who have been on the roster for weeks.

Wirral and Barnsley also entered the roster, while Rochdale, Dundee City, Nottingham, Blackburn with Darwen and Salford dropped off the table.

More than 18,000 people in the UK currently have symptomatic coronavirus, according to the government-funded Covid Symptom Study app.

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This map shows the prevalence of the coronavirus in the UK

The latest figures are based on data from 8,117 swab tests performed between August 9 and 22.

The app does not show the number of recorded cases of coronavirus, but predicts where they might occur based on the number of people reporting symptoms.

The creators of the app said the latest figures suggest that while localized outbreaks do occur in the UK, they are not impacting or spreading.

According to the app, there are currently 1,292 new daily cases of Covid-19 in the UK on average in the two weeks leading up to August 22.

This is a slight increase from app data released a week ago.



This graph shows the prevalence of Covid-19 in England and Wales over time


The people of South Shields in South Tyneside, which is at the top of the watch list (file photo)

Figures do not include cases in nursing homes.

A spokesperson for the app said: ‘The numbers are only slightly up from last week, suggesting for a further week that even with the localized outbreaks occurring in the UK, these outbreaks have no impact or no longer spread. ”

The latest prevalence figures estimate that 18,340 people currently have symptomatic coronavirus in the UK, a slight decrease from last week.

This figure does not include long-term sufferers.

The previous large gap between the northern and southern regions continues to narrow, according to the latest figures.

The Covid Symptom Study app prevalence estimate is lower, but still within the confidence limits of the Office of National Infection Statistics’ most recent and smaller survey, the spokesperson said. of the application.



Blackpool is second on Covid app watchlist (file photo)


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The ONS study estimated that 24,600 people – with a 95% credibility range of 16,900 to 33,800 – in England were symptomatic in the week to August 13.

The app’s figures are lower than those published by the ONS because the app does not include asymptomatic cases.

The app has now been downloaded by almost four million people in the UK.

Launched in March, it was developed by health sciences company Zoe with scientific analysis provided by King’s College London and £ 2million in government funding.

Considered the world’s largest ongoing study of Covid-19, its goal is to identify places where cases appear to be on the rise so that attention can be focused on them.



Oldham, in Greater Manchester, is third on the app’s watchlist


Halton, Cheshire, is fourth on coronavirus watchlist on app

A spokesperson said: “When an area of ​​concern is highlighted, further testing should be done to help confirm whether the situation requires additional measures such as a localized lockdown. ”

Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London and co-founder of Zoe, said: “Although we are still far from returning to normal life, it appears that the measures currently in place appear to be keeping this low level of Covid in most of the population, which is good news.

“However, until we have a vaccine, we will continue to walk along that knife edge with the ever-present threat of cases again.

“Although these local outbreaks are more numerous in the north of England, we are not seeing these small local outbreaks spreading more widely.



Restrictions have already been placed on Oldham to curb the spread of the coronavirus

“They seem to be well controlled. While the official number of confirmed cases in the UK is slowly increasing, this may be due to increased and more effective testing.

“Because the Covid Symptom Study app prioritizes hotspot detection, it’s important that as many people as possible continue to connect and keep us up to date with what they’re feeling.

“It takes about a minute and is invaluable in our fight against this virus. ”

A week ago, the Blackpool council rejected the app’s findings and questioned the accuracy of a data release that put the resort at the top of the table.

Dr Arif Rajpura, Director of Public Health for the Blackpool Council, said at the time: ‘The rankings and associated numbers are not representative of what is happening on the ground in Blackpool.

Coronavirus Watchlist

1. South Tyneside

Percentage of the population with symptomatic coronavirus: 0.23%

Number of app users in the region: 1,216

2. Blackpool, Lancashire

Percentage of the population with symptomatic coronavirus: 0.22%

Number of app users in the region: 900

3. Oldham, Grand Manchester

Percentage of the population with symptomatic coronavirus: 0.21%

Number of app users in the region: 1645

4. Halton, Cheshire

Percentage of the population with symptomatic coronavirus: 0.19%

Number of app users in the region: 1,150

5. Manchester

Percentage of the population with symptomatic coronavirus: 0.18%

Number of app users in the region: 4,615

6. Redcar and Cleveland, North Yorkshire

Percentage of the population with symptomatic coronavirus: 0.16%

Number of app users in the region: 1,051

7. Wirral, Merseyside

Percentage of the population with symptomatic coronavirus: 0.15%

Number of app users in the region: 4,032

8. Bradford, West Yorkshire

Percentage of the population with symptomatic coronavirus: 0.14%

Number of app users in the region: 2,125

9. Barnsley, Yorkshire of the South

Percentage of the population with symptomatic coronavirus: 0.14%

Number of app users in the region: 1,882

10. Denbighshire, North Wales

Percentage of the population with symptomatic coronavirus: 0.14%

Number of app users in the region: 1703

Average number of new daily cases (August 9 to 22)

– United Kingdom: 1292

– England – 1073

– Scotland – 124

– Wales – 96

Regional breakdown for England:

– Midlands 245

– North West: 215

– South West: 174

– North East and Yorkshire: 160

– East of England: 146

– London: 139

– South-East: 57

Prevalence of symptomatic Covid-19 by region (August 9 to 22)

– United Kingdom: 18,340

– England: 15,819

– Scotland: 1474

– Wales: 1047

Regional breakdown for England:

– Midlands: 3 179

– North-West: 3104

– London: 2 759

– North East and Yorkshire: 2,667

– South West: 1,522

– East of England: 1519

– South-East: 1066

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