Coronavirus: These areas are on the COVID-19 government watch list | UK News


Oldham, Blackburn with Darwen and Pendle remain the worst-hit coronavirus hotspots in England, official data shows.

The graphic below shows the domains currently on the Public Health England site. coronavirus “Watch list” – with a significant number of regions showing increases in their weekly case rates.

Latest figures show Oldham had 103.1 COVID-19[feminine[feminine cases per 100,000 people in the week to August 13, while Blackburn with Darwen had 95.3 cases per 100,000 and Pendle 75.5 per 100,000 over the same period.

However, data shows the case rate in Pendle is down from the previous week.

All three areas have succeeded in escape local lockdowns after peaks in cases, but will face more stringent restrictions, which means that people can not mix with other households.

England’s overall infection rate has risen to 11.9 cases per 100,000 people, from 9.4 the previous week.

Scientists say the slight increase in infection rates across England is due to younger age groups.

Although Northampton has the highest weekly case rate of 125.3 per 100,000, this is almost entirely due to a epidemic in a factory where at least 292 workers have tested positive for the coronavirus.

It has now become a “focus area” – the highest risk category.

Birmingham is a new addition to the watchlist and has been identified as an area in need of ‘enhanced support’ which means it will receive additional resources for further testing and contact tracing.

City Council chief Ian Ward said most of the new cases have been in people between the ages of 20 and 40, although there has not been a single cause for the outbreaks.

He said there were no plans for a lockdown in Birmingham, but the situation will remain under review.

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Slough was also added as an area of ​​concern, although he is currently not facing any new measures.

Meanwhile, additional restrictions that were introduced in Greater Manchester and parts of northern England last month have been relaxed in Wigan, Darwen and Rossendale.

Scientists advising the government believe there is little room to further ease restrictions across the UK, with schools set to open next month.

They now believe that R number in the UK rose from 0.9 to 1.1 – an increase from an estimated range of 0.8 to 1 last week.

The R-number measures the average number of people to whom an infected person will transmit the virus.


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