How many coronavirus cases have there been in your area? Use our tool to find out


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How are cases spreading in the UK, and how are we trying to slow the spread?

In London, the rolling seven-day rate as of Jan 15 stood at 703.7 cases per 100,000 people – down from 1,053.4 a week earlier, and the lowest since the seven days to Dec 19.

Eastern England is currently recording a seven-day rate of 526.8, down from 763.5 and the lowest since Dec 20.

In the East Midlands, the rate is down from 478.1 for the seven days to Jan 8 to 402.8 for the seven days to Jan 15, and in the West Midlands it has fallen from 647.8 to 571.9.4.

South-west England has recorded a smaller week-on-week drop, from 401.3 to 343.2 – the lowest since Jan 1.

North-east England is currently at 335.2, down from 433.3, while Yorkshire & the Humber is at 259.1 – the lowest regional rate in England – down from 335.5.

In north-west England, the rate has fallen from 646.4 to 528.6.

The UK became the first western country to begin administering the coronavirus vaccine, and Government hopes that mass vaccination could help slow the infection rate, particularly among the vulnerable older generation.

A total of 7,325,773 Covid-19 vaccinations had taken place in England between Dec 8 and Jan 26, according to provisional NHS England data, including first and second doses, which is a rise of 221,067 on the previous day’s figures.

Of this number, 6,853,327 were the first dose of the vaccine, a rise of 279,757 on the previous day’s figures, while 472,446 were given the second dose, an increase of 1,986.

Mr Johnson has pledged that the NHS is committed to offering a vaccination to everyone in the top four priority groups by Feb 15.

In total, 250 active hospital sites, 50 vaccination centres, and around 1,200 local vaccination sites – including primary care networks, community pharmacy sites and mobile teams – will be set up to ensure every at-risk person has easy access to a vaccination centre, regardless of where they live.

Also contributing to this “unprecedented national effort” will be the Armed Forces, who are set to be drafted in to help run mass vaccination centres in sports stadiums and public venues. 

Some 100 Oxford million jabs have been ordered by the Government, with 40 million due to be rolled out by March. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency also approved the Moderna vaccine for use on Jan 8, which will be delivered in the spring.

But what about the new strain? 

On Dec 14, in his address to Commons, the Health Secretary also announced a new variant of coronavirus had been identified in England that has caused a rapid increase in cases in London and the South East of England.

In England there has been a “relative increase” of this new variant in every area, said Professor Whitty, that is “spreading around the country”.

The fastest increases were in the East, South East and London, but it is “now taking off in other areas as well”, he said at a news conference on Jan 5.

However, Sir Patrick Vallance said on Jan 22 that there is “increasing confidence” that the UK variant will be susceptible to the vaccine.

The chief scientific advisor told the Downing Street press conference: “There’s increasing evidence from laboratory studies that the variant in the UK will be susceptible to the vaccines.

“There’s increasing confidence coupled with a very important clinical observation that individuals who have been infected previously and have generated antibodies appear to be equally protected against original virus and new variant.”

Although Boris Johnson also announced on Jan 22 that the UK variant of coronavirus could be up to 30 per cent more deadly than the original.

Prof Neil Ferguson, who sits on Nervtag, the Government’s virus advisory committee, said the latest data showed up to 13 in 1000 people aged 60 who contract the variant strain could die, compared with 10 in 1000 who caught the original variant. 

“It is a realistic possibility that the new UK variant increases the risk of dea-th, but there is considerable remaining uncertainty,” Prof Ferguson told ITV. 

“Four groups – Imperial, LSHTM, PHE and Exeter – have looked at the relationship between people testing positive for the variant vs old strains and the risk of dea-th.”

The professor said the data available on the new variant is patchy, but there is a “signal” that there is a “1.3-fold increased risk of dea-th”.

Moderna Inc confirmed on Jan 25 that their vaccine produces virus-neutralizing antibodies in laboratory tests against new coronavirus variants found in the UK and South Africa. The vaccine was approved for use by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on Jan 8 and will be delivered to the UK in the spring. 

 

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