Interactive map reveals if Covid cases are rising or falling in YOUR local area

THIS interactive map shows where cases of coronavirus are rising and falling across England – using the latest Government data.

Covid cases dropped in 59 of the 149 local authorities across the country, including previous hotspots Salford and Sheffield.

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However, they have risen in areas which have previously had low rates of infection such as Cornwall and Norfolk.

The latest weekly surveillance report from Public Health England based on data from November 2 to 8 shows that Covid-19 cases were up slightly on the previous week, which was the October half-term.

Several social and physical distancing measures were re-introduced and mass testing was introduced in Liverpool.

All of these factors are likely to impact on surveillance indicators, health officials said.

The highest rate continues to be among 20 to 29 year-olds, which stood at 358.9 cases per 100,000 people in the week to November 8, up from 347.1 in the previous week.

Among 30 to 39 year-olds the rate rose from 301.0 to 314.3, and for 40 to 49 year-olds it rose from 289.6 to 294.1.

Looking at older age groups, the rate climbed from 129.0 to 135.0 for those aged 70 to 79, and from 192.4 to 217.1 for those aged 80 and over.

 

It comes as scientists today claimed the R rate could be below 1 across the country, while a major study suggests it was falling before lockdown.

The REACT study from Imperial College London suggests the value was 1.2 between October 25 and November 2 – when a three-tier system was in place.

But the more recent figures, from King's College London's app, suggest that the R rate has since fallen and was below one in all four nations on November 9.

Professor Tim Spector, whose team run the app, said the latest data also shows rates of new infections have dropped to below 36,000 a day.

He said: "Thanks to everyone's efforts, the R value and the number of infections has come down now across the UK and across all four nations to below 1.

"Though, there are regional variations, that's fantastic news.

"Numbers are still high – to around 35,000 cases a day, but nevertheless it's all going in the right direction."

Meanwhile, the latest Government data showed 50,365 people had died in the UK within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, making it the first country in Europe to exceed 50,000 deaths.

Scientists remain hopeful about the prospect of a vaccine, with England's deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam stating the Government was preparing for the most important vaccination programme "in decades".

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said everyone who is eligible should "definitely" get a vaccine as he dismissed the arguments of the so-called anti-vaxxers as "total nonsense".

During a visit to a supermarket distribution centre in south-east London, he said that once a vaccine was cleared for use, it was essential to ensure there was as wide a take-up as possible.

"I have got no inhibitions about getting a vaccine," Mr Johnson told reporters.

"Certainly I would say to everybody anti-vaxx is total nonsense – you should definitely get a vaccine."

Separate figures published by the UK's statistics agencies for deaths when Covid-19 has been mentioned on the death certificate, together with additional data on deaths that have occurred in recent days, show there have now been more than 65,000 deaths involving coronavirus in the UK.

Ministers have said they do not expect the mass roll-out of a vaccine to begin until next year.

Downing Street said that it would not be made available until the regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), was satisfied that it was safe.

"Any vaccines which are determined for use will undergo a vigorous series of safety checks, they will be absolutely safe for the public to use," the Prime Minister's official spokesman said.

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