The 10 UK towns and cities on the coronavirus watch list – as fears of second wave ‘rolling from Europe’ grow


TEN towns and cities in the UK are in danger of entering local lockdowns as cases of the coronavirus rise in regions in the north.

The data from King’s College London comes as fears continue to grow of a second wave from Europe.

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Data from the Covid Symptom Study app shows that there are currently 2,110 new cases a day of the virus, this is up from last week’s figure of 1,884.

The figure excludes care homes and includes cases over the two weeks up July 25 and is based on data from 13,063 swab tests.

Experts at King’s College London said the rate of infection in the UK was stable, but highlighted that cases in the North of England were high.

The data estimates that 29,174 people currently have symptomatic Covid-19 in the UK.

The figures come after the Health Secretary Matt Hancock today expressed concerns over the number of cases, not just in Europe, but across the globe.

Matt Hancock this morning said he was worried about a second wave of the virus hitting the UK

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Matt Hancock this morning said he was worried about a second wave of the virus hitting the UK Credit: Sky News

He said he was “worried about a second wave”.

“You can see a second wave starting to roll across Europe.

“We have to do everything we can to prevent it from reaching these shores”, he added.

The King’s College app identifies a watch list of areas which have the highest estimates of symptomatic Covid in the past week.

At the top of the list this week is Blackburn with Darwen where 0.43 per cent of the population is estimated to have symptomatic Covid and data from the app claims that 994 people in the region used the app to track their symptoms.

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The graph above shows daily new cases in the UK over time

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The graph above shows daily new cases in the UK over time Credit: Kings College

Salford in Greater Manchester is also at risk with 0.27 per cent of people being symptomatic of 2,477 locals who use the app.

Rochdale, also in Greater Manchester is next on the list with 0.26 per cent of people being symptomatic of 1,684 who use the app.

In Kirklees, West Yorkshire 0.25 per cent of people logged being symptomatic of 5,077 who use the app.

In the seaside town of Blackpool 0.23 per cent of people of the 1,032 people who use the app are also symptomatic.

Calderdale in West Yorkshire has seen an increase in cases and the data showed that 0.2 per cent of people are symptomatic of 3,038 locals who use the app.

Map shows the prevalence of figures in the UK

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Map shows the prevalence of figures in the UK Credit: Kings College

In Rotherham cases have dropped but 0.21 per cent of people are symptomatic of 2,375 who use the app.

In Newcastle upon Tyne 0.2 per cent of 4,257 who use the app are symptomatic.

This is while in Wigan 0.19 per cent of 2,782 who use the app are symptomatic and in Wakefield 0.18 per cent 3,427 locals who use the app are symptomatic.

Last week, the experts called for people living in northern towns and cities to download the app and log their symptoms, as cases in the north continue to creep up.

Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London said the numbers are “holding steady for now”.

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He added: “From last week, we have seen the Welsh regions doing much better and dropping out of the top ten.

“But now we are seeing the Watch List entirely made up of regions in the North of England.

“However, it’s not all doom and gloom for the North of England as we have seen the surge in numbers stop, so the data suggest that things are improving.”

He said daily new increases haven’t seen a real decrease since early June.

“It’s unclear what led to the levelling off but we will continue to keep a close eye on the data to make sure we do detect any potential up tick in numbers in the coming weeks”, he added.

Looking particularly at the different regions in the UK and the data revealed that there are 2,110 new cases a day in the UK.

This equates to 1,951 in England, 110 in Scotland and 49 in Wales.

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Breaking this down by region and the South East is experiencing 200 new cases a day, London 430, the Midlands 231, the East of England has 243 and the South West has 236.

This is while the North East and Yorkshire has 327 and the North West has 324.

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