Coronavirus cases in the UK have now surpassed 4.2 million in total. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s roadmap back to reopening parts of Britain has now begun and this pattern is due to continue until June 21 when the remaining parts of the country are scheduled to reopen. All of this reopening is dependent upon the rates of coronavirus and ensuring cases do not spike again.
Coronavirus has been a prevalent threat around the world for more than a year.
Large parts of Europe are at the beginning of a third wave of COVID-19 according to experts and a warning from Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Writing in the Telegraph Mr Johnson said: “We must recognise that the rate of infection is still high – much higher than last summer.
“We can see the signs of a surge of Covid among some of our European friends, and we remember how we in the UK have tended to follow that upwards curve, if a few weeks later.
“We know how fast this disease can take off, and that Monday’s successful return to school will inevitably add to the budget of risk.
“The overwhelming majority of people – and businesses – would prefer us to take steps that are cautious but irreversible, rather than go backwards again. They would rather trade haste for certainty.”
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For the most part, the UK has not shown any signs of following suit according to the latest data.
The WHO’s seven-day case rates per 100,000 is at 58.66 in the UK.
Covid-19 case rates appear to be levelling off in most regions of England.
However, Yorkshire and the Humber has recorded a slight rise, according to the latest weekly surveillance report from Public Health England.
In Yorkshire and the Humber, the rate of new cases stood at 107.9 per 100,000 people in the seven days to March 14, up from 100.1 in the previous week.
Regions with rates broadly unchanged week-on-week include north-east England which was down from 78.0 to 76.3.
North-west England also recorded a decline from 74.6 to 73.8 per 100,000 and south-east England a drop from 35.5 to 34.7 per 100,000.
All other regions in England also recorded a small week-on-week fall.
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The Government’s data also outlines 25 specific areas in the UK which have a case rate higher than that reported across Yorkshire and the Humber generally.
The areas included in this
- City of Kingston upon Hull: 462 cases – 177.8 per 100,000
- Merthyr Tydfil: 94 -155.8
- Barnsley : 380 -153.9
- North East Lincolnshire: 238 – 149.2
- Bradford: 799 – 148
- Stirling: 134 – 142.2
- Glasgow City: 843 – 133.2
- Rotherham: 344 – 129.6
- Wakefield: 446 – 128
- Rochdale: 283 – 127.2
- Blackburn with Darwen: 190 – 126.9
- Peterborough: 256 – 126.6
- Darlington: 135 -126.4
- North Lincolnshire: 215 -124.8
- North Lanarkshire: 422 -123.6
- East Renfrewshire: 116 – 121.4
- Hartlepool: 113 – 120.6
- Tameside: 265 – 117
- South Ayrshire: 129 – 114.6
- Leicester: 404 – 114.1
- Isle of Anglesey: 79 – 112.8
- Doncaster: 344 – 110.3
- Salford: 285 – 110.1
- Calderdale: 229 – 108.3
- Stockton-on-Tees: 213 – 107.9.
Seven of these areas are in the Yorkshire and the Humber region.