Map shows highest rates of new covid variant where you live

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A new covid variant has swept across the country this summer. Our map shows the infection rates where you live.

New covid variants like FLiRT and LB.1 are driving a recent rise with more people reporting cold-like symptoms associated with the virus. Experts fear that during the summer the new strains of covid may have found a breeding ground among large groups of people coming together at large festivals and to watch live football including EURO 2024.

Dr Mariyam Malik, an NHS and private GP at Pall Mall Medical, said coronavirus can spread rapidly over the summer months and suggests this may be because there are no legal covid restrictions anymore.

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She said: ''Increased travel and big events such as festivals often result in crowded settings where the virus can spread more easily, and there are no longer any legal restrictions like wearing masks and social distancing.”

Figures from the UK Health Security Agency show that Copeland in Cumbria now has the highest rate of infections in the country. In the week ending June 30, there were 32.75 infections for every 100,000 people living in Copeland.

That has doubled from a rate of 14.89 infections per 100,000 people the previous week. The council areas with the next highest rates were also in Cumbria. Second was Allerdale (30.09) and then Carlisle (19.95).

Gedling in Nottinghamshire (18.76) and Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire (18.70) had the fourth and fifth-highest rates in the country.

You can see the rates where you live using our interactive map below

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