04 Sep Coronavirus watchlist: The national picture broken down in five charts | UK News
A number of areas were added to the coronavirus watchlist on Friday as infection rates for the disease vary across the country.
Leeds, Middlesbrough, Corby, Kettering and South Tyneside were added to the list, meaning local restrictions could be imposed if cases there continue to rise.
Here we take a look at five charts which the tell story of how coronavirus is affecting different parts of the UK.
The R number is a measure of how many people on average each infected person transmits the virus to.
The latest government data shows how the number varies across different parts of the UK.
While England has an estimated R number of between 0.9 and 1.0, Wales has an estimated number of 0.5 and 0.9.
Scotland’s R number is estimated to be between 0.9 and 1.4.
The number could be as high as 1.6 in Northern Ireland.
The COVID-19 infection rate varies in different local authorities across the UK.
Bradford had one of the highest infection rates in the country after 285 cases were recorded there in the week to August 30.
This means the West Yorkshire city had 53.1 cases per 100,000 people.
South Tyneside, with 70 cases in the last week, also has one of the highest rates with 46.6 cases per 100,000 people.
Kent had 84 cases in the week to August 30, but has a much lower rate of 5.4 cases per 100,000 people.
Public Health England has data for England’s “watchlist areas” which are the local authorities where the number of cases is of the most concern.
Restrictions have been reimposed in parts of the country where the number of cases is too high.
Parts of Greater Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire will have their local lockdown restrictions relaxed next week after cases in the areas decreased.
Leeds, Middlesbrough, Corby, Kettering and South Tyneside were added to the government’s coronavirus watchlist on Friday after cases spiked.
Leeds averaged 30.5 cases per 100,000 people in the week to 30 August. The figure was a dramatic increase on the 17.5 cases per 100,000 people recorded there on 23 August.
The figure for the end of August was still less than half the amount of cases than there was in April.
There were 66 cases per 100,000 people in Leeds in the week to 26 April.
The date was roughly a month after nationwide lockdown measures were imposed.
Data from Public Health England also shows how the coronavirus weekly infection rate varies across Leeds, which was added to the “areas of concern” watchlist on Friday.
The highest number of cases was in Chapel Allerton South and Chapeltown where there were 17 cases in the week to 30 August. This works out as 1.7 cases per 1,000 people.
There were 10 new cases in New Pudsey in that week. This works out as 1.5 cases per 1,000 people.
However, the data map shows much of the city had no cases or less than two in the week to August 30.