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Covid cases jump 74% across UK in worrying pre-Christmas rise – is your area a hotspot?

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Coronavirus death rates might have dropped as a result of the country’s vaccination programme, but cases continue to soar with the infection level up 30 percent week on week. The total number of Covid cases over the past seven days in the UK has been 288,784, equating to a rate of 430.5 per 100,000 people, according to the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Wales and Northern Ireland have Covid rates per 100,000 people which are higher than the UK average as a whole – at 621.3 and 512.8 respectively.

Four regions across the country have reported rates higher than the UK average Covid infection rate.

These regions are the South West, South East, East of England and East Midlands where the rates are 520, 516.9, 446.4 and 443.6 per 100,000 population respectively.

Torridge in Devon has been identified to have the highest rate in the UK – which is unchanged from previous weeks.

The area saw cases rise by 708 in the seven days to November 20.

This equates to a rate of 1,030.3 per 100,000 up from 852.7 in the seven days to November 13.

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The second-highest rate was reported in Mid Sussex, where there were 1,292 new cases – and the Covid rate grew to 849.2, up from 723 per 100,000 population the week before.

After Torridge and Mid Sussex, the highest rate was recorded in Gwynedd, where the rate to November 20 stood at 848.4.

In Gwynedd, there were 1,062 new cases in the last week – which was why rates climbed from 693.5 per 100,000 people in the seven days to November 13.

Of all 377 local areas in the UK, 74 percent (278) have seen a week-on-rise in rates according to the latest data.

Although the worst of the crisis on the continent is elsewhere, some places around Britain have been identified as at risk.

There are a total of 16 areas which have been identified to have an increase in the prevalence of the virus in the past seven days, according to the world’s largest Covid study, the Zoe Covid Symptom Study.

The area identified to have the highest rate of cases per 100,000 people was Isle of Wight at 3,387 cases.

The remaining 15 places were Leicester, Peterborough, Manchester, Rochdale, Trafford, Dumfries and Galloway, Falkirk, Buckinghamshire, Torbay, Cardiff, Monmouthshire, Powys, Vale of Glamorgan, Rotherham and Wakefield.

A further six places had a fairly constant prevalence of the virus in the past week, while three areas saw a decrease.



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