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Coronavirus cases MAPPED: Where are COVID-19 cases rising? From London to North West

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The Office for National Statistics (ONS) issued the latest Coronavirus Infection Survey for England and Wales on Friday, September 18. According to the latest statistics, coronavirus cases are increasing, and evidence also suggests the rate of infection is higher in some parts of the UK.

According to the ONS report, from September 4 to 10 an estimated 59,800 people had coronavirus in England.

The ONS estimated that 1 in 900 people in England had COVID-19 during the week to September 10, compared with 1 in 1,400 in the previous week.

Between September 4 to 10, the ONS estimate there were around 1.10 new COVID-19 infections for every 10,000 people per day in England.

This means there were around 6,000 new cases of COVID-19 every day – almost double the rate of the week previously.

The ONS estimated 3,200 new cases per day in last week’s report.

In Wales for the same period, the ONS estimate that 1,500 people had COVID-19, which is around 1 in 2,000 people.

The report also stated there was clear evidence of increasing coronavirus cases amongst people aged two to 11, 17 to 24 and 25 to 34.

Where are coronavirus cases increasing in England?

The Government has recently announced additional lockdown measures for parts of North West England, which will start next week.

The ONS identified the North West as an area where evidence shows higher rates of COVID-19 infection.

According to the report, London is also recording higher rates of infection than the rest of the country.

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The report states: “Looking at trends over time, from this survey there is evidence that the COVID-19 infection rates have increased in most regions, particularly the North West and London.

“It is likely that infection rates in all other regions have also increased except the South West and West Midlands.”

The estimates in the ONS report are based on samples of the population.

The report refers to infections reported in private households and are provisional, and they exclude figures from infections recorded in hospitals, care homes and other institutional settings.

Which areas are next to go into local lockdown?

The latest COVID-19 figures for England and Wales comes as the Government confirmed local lockdown restrictions will be enforced across parts of the North West, Midlands and West Yorkshire to “curb rising infection rates”.

On Tuesday, residents of Merseyside, Warrington, Halton and Lancashire (with the exception of Blackpool and Greater Manchester) will be subject to additional lockdown restrictions.

This includes not socialising with people from outside of households and support bubbles inside.

A curfew on restaurants, pubs and other premises will also be implemented between 10pm and 5am.

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