Covid cases map: COVID-19 cases rise 97% amid ‘Freedom Day’ reopening – top five hotspots

UK records highest coronavirus deaths since March

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Covid has been hitting hard recently, with many people having the infection or knowing someone close to them that does. Supermarkets just this week warned Prime Minister Boris Johnson he has just 48 hours to fix the issues posed when ‘pinging’ people to self isolate via the test and trace app as huge swathes of essential workers are off sick. While the Prime Minister apologised, he again refused to change the system of the app. Iceland has said it has closed “a number of stores” with 1,000 workers – four percent of its workforce – forced to self-isolate after being called by the app.

In the 24 hours to Tuesday, the UK recorded 46,558 new Covid cases and 96 coronavirus-related deaths, according to Government data.

This is the highest number of deaths since March 24, on which 98 people were reported to have lost their lives.

The figures compare with 39,950 new cases and 19 deaths announced on Monday, and 36,660 and 50 deaths reported the same time the week before.

According to the latest data, 745 Covid patients were admitted to hospital on July 14, and 4,500 were hospitalised in the seven days to Tuesday – signalling a weekly rise of 38.4 percent.

But it’s not dying down just yet, as some parts of the country are recording a whopping 97 percent increase in cases as the remaining lockdown restrictions vanish.

An interactive map by Public Health England (PHE) in the seven days to July 16 shows just how bad things have got.

Redcar and Cleveland in the northeast has the highest infection rate in the country, with 1,950 new cases recorded in the last seven days.

Redcar and Cleveland has seen a 101 percent increase, with a total case number of 2,099 and a case rate of 1,530.4 in every 100,000 people.

Neighbouring Middlesbrough isn’t showing great results either, with a 60.6 percent weekly rise equivalent to 719 new infections recorded.

Middlesbrough’s case rate is 1,352 per every 100,000 people as the total number of positive infections in the region soars to 1,906.

South Tyneside, also in the northeast, is third with a total of 1,800 cases and a case rate of 1,192.2 in every 100,000 residents.

In good news, however, South Tyneside saw infection rates go down 14.2 percent – equivalent to 298 cases – in the seven days to July 16.

Sunderland comes next with 3,104 total cases following a 17.4 percent spike equivalent to 459 new recorded infections, bringing the area’s total case rate to 1,117.7 in every 100,000 people.

Hartlepool isn’t showing promising results either, with 1,065 total infections up 21 percent from the week before.

In just seven days, Hartlepool gained 185 new COVID-19 positive infections, bringing its total case rate to the top five with 1,137.1 in every 100,000 residents.

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While the most infectious five hotspots are currently in the northeast, this doesn’t mean there’s nothing going on down south.

Solihull in the Midlands has seen an 81.5 percent spike equivalent to 869 new infections, bringing its total case load to 1,935 and case rate to 894.3 per 100,000 people.

In the south west, Plymouth is looking particularly dire for cases following a 97.9 percent spike in infections in seven days, bringing the total number of cases to 2,21.

Following the recording of 1,094 new infections in the seven days to July 16, Plymouth’s case rate is at 843.6 per 100,000 people living in the area.

South Gloucestershire in western England has seen an 82.4 percent spike in infections gayer 1,039 new cases brought the total to 2,293.

The case rate in South Gloucestershire is 804.3 per every 100,000 people, with the neighbouring City of Bristol’s not much worse 845.1.

While Brits are enjoying their new freedoms and the summer sunshine, Covid scientists have advised the government cases could hit 200,000 per day very soon.

Professor Neil Ferguson said modelling indicated 100,000 daily infections is “inevitable”, but he said the “real question” is whether this number doubles or gets even higher.

He told the BBC: “That’s where the crystal ball starts to fail – we could get to 2,000 hospitalisations a day, 200,000 cases a day but it’s much less certain.”

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