The 10 places on UK’s coronavirus watch list revealed as app predicts 6 new hotspots

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

Areas such as the Wirral and Barnsley have crept onto the list this week with the remaining hotspot regions being dominated by towns and cities in the North of England.

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The latest figures estimate that 18,340 people have symptomatic Covid in the UK, this is down significantly from last week when it was reported that 20,299 people were suffering symptoms.

The figures released by King's College are based on 8,117 swab tests done between 9 August to 22 August.

The data released by King's College is separate from data produced by the government which is based on information provided to them by Public Health England.

Based on data from the app there are six new hotspots which are: South Tyneside, Oldham the Wirral, Bradford, Barnsley and Denbighshire.

Oldham features on the new hotpsots list despite case levels in the area being some of the highest in the country.

This week's data reveals that South Tyneside, in the North East of England, is at the top of the list with 0.23 per cent of residents in the area having displayed symptoms of 1,216 people using the app.

It has knocked Blackpool off the top of the list, and now sits second with 0.22 per cent of people in the seaside town having displayed symptoms of 900 residents using the app.

Oldham sits in third with 0.21 per cent of people having symptoms of 1,645 using the app.

Halton in Cheshire, which was at the top of the list earlier this month, is now in fourth place with 0.19 per cent of people reporting symptoms of 1,150 using the app.

It is followed by Manchester, where this week residents were warned not to drink in parks over the bank holiday weekend in order to stop the spread of the virus.

The city has 4,615 people using the app – of which 0.18 per cent reported symptoms of Covid.

Redcar and Cleveland, which previously appeared on the list on July 23 has 0.16 per cent of people reporting symptoms of 1,051 people using the app.

The Wirral has entered the list this week and has 0.15 per cent of people reporting symptoms of 4,032 people using the app.

Further north and Bradford is eighth on the list with 0.14 people reporting symptoms of 2,125 people using the app.

Barnsley in South Yorkshire has also entered the list this week with 0.14 per cent of people reporting symptoms of 1,882 people using the app.

Last on the list is Denbighshire in north-east Wales, here 0.14 per cent of people have reported symptoms of 1,703 people using the app.



Looking towards various parts of the UK now and in England there have been 1,073 new cases a day.

This equates to 57 in the South East, 139 in London, 245 in the Midlands, 146 in the East of England, 174 in the South West, 160 in the North East and Yorkshire, 215 in the North West, 95 in Wales and 124 in Scotland.

Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King's College London said local outbreaks seem to be under control.

"Whilst we are nowhere near back to normal life yet, it appears that the measures currently in place seem to be keeping this low level of Covid within most of the population, which is good news.

"However, until we have a vaccine, we will continue to walk along this knife edge with the ever present threat of cases going up again.

"While there are higher numbers in these local outbreaks in the North of England, we aren’t seeing these small local outbreaks spreading more widely. They seem to be well controlled."

He added that while the official number of UK confirmed cases is slowly rising, this may be due to increased and more efficient testing. 

"As the Covid Symptom Study app prioritises hotspot detection, it’s important that as many people as possible are still logging and keeping us updated on how they are feeling.

"It takes about one minute to complete and is invaluable in our fight against this virus", he added.

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