20 COVID hotspots as UK records second highest infections in the world

People wearing face masks as a precaution against the spread of covid-19 seen outside Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in north London to receive their Covid-19 vaccine during a mass vaccination event, as UK Covid-19 vaccination drive continues. (Photo by Steve Taylor / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Cases have risen in recent days. (PA)

Regional COVID hotspots are popping up across the North and Midlands as the UK soars to having the second-highest numbers of infections in the world.

Only the USA has higher COVID infections, with a rolling seven day average of 87,886 cases compared to the UK's 37,811, according to Our World In Data.

The UK is far ahead of comparable countries like France and Germany and is an outlier when it comes to European nations.

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Map of COVID infection rates by local authority. (Yahoo)
Map of COVID infection rates by local authority. (Yahoo)

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The UK has essentially ended lockdown while many nations on the continent still have some restrictions in places like facemasks and social distancing.

Several European nations have also introduced strict vaccine passports.

It also has significantly higher cases than India, which has 22 times the UK's population - although this disparity may be due to the sophistication of Britain's testing regime which is among the best in the world.

In the UK large disparities are forming between where has high numbers of cases and where doesn't.

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Large parts of the North of England, Midlands and South Wales have seen their case numbers soar, while many areas of the South including London has stayed relatively low.

New data, revealed on Thursday, showed cases of COVID-19 among schoolchildren in England are at their highest level since comparable figures began in autumn 2020.

A total of 1,120.8 cases per 100,000 people aged 10 to 19 were recorded in the seven days to October 10, up week-on-week from 1,061.8.

The rate for five to nine-year-olds is 574.2, up week-on-week from 484.2.

Trafford currently has the highest number of cases per 100,000 people at 846, followed by Wellingborough in Northamptonshire (797) and Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria (779).

The places in the UK with the lowest infection numbers are predominantly island communities, but also densely populated areas in London feature in the bottom 20 like Southwark (132) and Camden (148).

Torfaen has the highest rate in Wales (702.3); Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon has the highest rate in Northern Ireland (540.4); and Stirling has the highest rate in Scotland (487.9).

The five UK areas with the biggest week-on-week rises are:

  • Ipswich (up from 514.0 to 749.4)

  • Woking (281.0 to 509.0)

  • Gosport (396.8 to 608.2)

  • Darlington (330.5 to 541.0)

  • Winchester (374.8 to 584.5)

Cases in Britain have been rising steadily in recent weeks with cases up 13% in the past week when compared to the previous seven day period.

Deaths have also risen by 10% with 157 reported on Thursday.

Here are the top COVID 20 hotspots in the UK:

  1. Trafford 846

  2. Wellingborough 797.9

  3. Barrow-in-Furness 779.3

  4. Nuneaton and Bedworth 744

  5. Kettering 738.7

  6. Ipswich 736.9

  7. Torfaen 720.2

  8. Amber Valley 718

  9. Vale of Glamorgan 708.1

  10. Cardiff 693.9

  11. Daventry 691.2

  12. Hart 690.5

  13. Bassetlaw 671.3

  14. Ashfield 657.6

  15. East Northamptonshire 651.9

  16. Harrogate 650.6

  17. Allerdale 640.9

  18. Cannock Chase 626.7

  19. Lichfield 624.8

  20. Carmarthenshire 623.4

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