The 10 places on UK’s coronavirus watch list revealed as app predicts 4 new hotspots – but cases are falling

The 10 places on UK’s coronavirus watch list revealed as app predicts 4 new hotspots – but cases are falling

August 21, 2020

THESE are the 10 places on the UK's coronavirus watch list, according to data from the COVID Symptom Tracker app.

Areas in the Midlands and Scotland have crept onto the list this week and experts have revealed that cases are down across the country.

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The latest figures estimate that 20,299 people have symptomatic Covid in the UK.

Data published last week revealed that 24,131 people had symptomatic Covid – and experts say there has been a significant drop despite local outbreaks.

The figures released by King's College are based on 8,798 swabs done between August 2 and August 15.

The four new areas on the list are Manchester, Merthyr Tydfil, Dundee City and Nottingham.

This week's data revealed that Blackpool is at the top of the list with 0.4 per cent of residents in the area having displayed symptoms of 871 people who use the app.

Blackpool has knocked Halton in Cheshire down to second place, which last week sat at the top.

Halton has 0.35 per cent of people with symptomatic Covid of 1,155 people who use the app.

Manchester is a new entry this week and sits in third place with 0.21 per cent of 4,524 people using the app having symptoms.

The top three places are all in the North West and the experts said that case rates here are roughly ten times the national average.

However, they added that these rates were 100 times higher in April and Map and said these numbers were "not concerning".

Another new entry is Merthyr Tydfil in Wales where 0.21 per cent of 686 people using the app have symptoms.

In Kirklees in West Yorkshire, 0.2 per cent of 4,401 people using the app are symptomatic.

Rochdale in Greater Manchester has 0.19 per cent of 1,399 residents who use the app showing symptoms of the virus.

Another new entry now and Dundee City has 0.18 per cent of 1,231 people using the app showing symptoms.

Nottingham – another new entry, has 0.17 per cent of 2,125 residents using the app showing symptoms.



The last two entries are both in the North West of England.

Blackburn with Darwen is ninth on the list and has 0.17 per cent of 823 people using the app showing symptoms.

Salford is last on the list with 0.17 per cent of 2,107 users showing symptoms.

Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King's College London said the newest data set was "reassuring".

"The trends are flat which is reassuring despite the multiple small outbreaks we have been seeing across the UK in places like Manchester.

"Our survey data is consistent with the ONS household survey, which estimates slightly higher numbers due to the inclusion of asymptomatic cases."

Looking towards various parts of the UK now and in England there have been 1,071 new cases each day.

This equates to 53 in the South East, 298 in London, 211 in the Midlands, 69 in the East of England, 94 in the South West, 210 in the North East and Yorkshire, 248 in the North West, 74 in Wales and 120 in Scotland.

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