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LATEST COVID FIGURES: A look at the latest figures as Christmas is called into question

 

LATEST COVID FIGURES: As we learn more about the new variant, are cases of coronavirus rising in your local area? We take a look at the latest figures as Christmas is called into question.

Across the UK, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Gwenedd in Wales, Bradford and Newcastle are among the places that have experienced an increase in the number of cases of coronavirus week-on-week. With the new variant, which is thought to spread more quickly also detected in the UK, it means a shadow of doubt is being cast over the Christmas many of us were hoping for.

Shortly after the first two UK cases of the new omicron variant were detected, and before the third case, the Prime Minister spoke at a press conference to announce fresh covid protections in England. But even before the new strain was discovered, cases of coronavirus were on the rise in many places across the UK.

Data from the week up to November the twentieth shows the highest infection rate for covid is in Torridge in Devon, but with ninety five areas seeing a drop in infections. Despite that with less than a month to go before the big day, the government have assured us they're confident this Christmas will be more normal than last year.

In Birmingham cases were up week-on-week. There were three thousand five hundred and thirty one cases recorded - that's three hundred and nine point six cases per one hundred thousand in the seven days up to the twentieth of November.

In Bristol, cases didn't increase week-on-week according to the latest data. But neighbouring Stroud saw five hundred and twelve cases recorded - that's four hundred and twenty three point five cases per one hundred thousand in the seven days up to the twentieth of November.

In Cardiff, cases didn't increase week-on-week according to the latest data. But Gwynedd, Wales is the third worst hit area in the UK. One thousand and sixty two cases were recorded - that's eight hundred and forty eight point four per one hundred thousand in the seven days up to the twentieth of November.

In Leeds, cases didn't increase week-on-week according to the latest data. But neighbouring Wakefield saw one thousand four hundred and forty one cases recorded - that's four hundred and nine point nine cases per one hundred thousand in the seven days up to the twentieth of November.

In Liverpool, cases were up week-on-week. There were one thousand five hundred and seventy six cases recorded - that's three hundred and fourteen point nine cases per one hundred thousand in the seven days up to the twentieth of November.

In Newcastle-upon-Tyne, cases were up week-on-week. There were one thousand and thirty six recorded - that's three hundred and thirty seven point seven cases per one hundred thousand in the seven days up to the twentieth of November.

In Manchester, cases were up week-on-week. There were one thousand seven hundred and seventy five cases recorded - that's three hundred and nineteen point four cases per one hundred thousand in the seven days up to the twentieth of November.

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