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New “clusters” of Covid infection emerge as 65 areas see more cases

CORONAVIRUS infections are still on the rise in 65 areas of the UK and this map reveals if your local authority is one of them.

Small clusters of infections have started popping up in parts of both Scotland and Wales in the last week.

The map above shows a cluster of cases in Wales - darker shades indicate high infection rates, with dark purple having the most infections and lighter yellow shades having the lowest

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The map above shows a cluster of cases in Wales – darker shades indicate high infection rates, with dark purple having the most infections and lighter yellow shades having the lowest

There are 377 local authorities in the UK, of which 308 have seen a drop in cases in the seven days up to 5 November where the map above shows the latest infections.

The turf in Wales has the highest rate in the UK with 663 new cases during the seven days to 5 November – equivalent to 699.1 per. 100,000 people.

This has dropped from 756.1 in the seven days to October 29th.

The Vale of Glamorgan in Wales has the second highest rate, a slight drop from 732.5 to 697.0 with 943 new cases.

While these two areas are the two most infected in the country, there are other areas in Wales that are experiencing high infection rates.

Caerphilly has jumped from 599.2 to 729.6 and Blaenau Gwent has also seen an increase in infections from 592.7 to 657.0.

Neath Port Talbot has also jumped from 584.5 to 641.3, and Cardiff has also seen an increase from 577.5 to 598.9.

Covid passports have been introduced in Wales, which will see people needing vaccinations or negative tests to attend activities and events such as going to the cinema.

Health Minister Eluned Morgan said the introduction of these passports would help keep businesses open.

Elsewhere and Copeland in Cumbria have the third highest infection rate in the country, down from 755.4 to 639.3, with 435 new cases.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has the highest rate in Scotland (630.2) and Fermanagh & Omagh has the highest rate in Northern Ireland (530.9).

While a cluster of cases has emerged in Wales, a similar spread has also been seen in parts of Scotland.

There are five areas that have experienced a large increase from week to week in cases – all of which are in Scotland.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has jumped from 354.7 to 630.2, while Inverclyde has also seen an increase in cases from 269.9 to 426.9.

Another area that has seen an increase in infections is East Ayrshire, which jumps from 379.1 to 521.4.

Perth & Kinross has risen from 258.0 to 395.6, and Dumfries & Galloway has seen an increase from 302.8 to 440.4.

Covid passports are also said to be ‘under consideration’ in Scotland as cases continue to rise.

The 65 places where Covid cases still occur

The figure to the LEFT shows cases per 100,000 in the seven days up to 5 November The figure to the RIGHT shows infections, also per 100,000, in the seven days up to 29 October.

  1. Western Isles Council, Scotland, 630.2, (167), 354.7, (94)
  2. Orkney Islands, Scotland, 602.7, (135), 508.9, (114)
  3. Fermanagh and Omagh, Northern Ireland, 530.9, (623), 500.3, (587)
  4. Bridgend, Wales, 524.6, (774), 465.6, (687)
  5. North Devon, South West England, 523.6, (514), 494.0, (485)
  6. Powys, Wales, 521.7, (694), 459.3, (611)
  7. East Ayrshire, Scotland, 521.4, (634), 379.1, (461)
  8. Swansea, Wales, 517.5, (1276), 509.0, (1255)
  9. Rushmoor, South East England, 502.2, (474), 476.8, (450)
  10. South Tyneside, North East England, 487.6, (737), 479.0, (724)
  11. Ards and North Down, Northern Ireland, 484.4, (785), 464.7, (753)
  12. Gwynedd, Wales, 472.2, (591), 441.0, (552)
  13. Angus, Scotland, 469.7, (544), 370.4, (429)
  14. Daventry, East Midlands, 468.1, (407), 460.0, (400)
  15. Causeway Coast and Glens, Northern Ireland, 460.2, (667), 438.8, (636)
  16. Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, 440.4, (653), 302.8, (449)
  17. Stirling, Scotland, 437.9, (412), 366.7, (345)
  18. Scottish Borders, Scotland, 432.1, (498), 343.6, (396)
  19. Inverclyde, Scotland, 426.9, (329), 269.9, (208)
  20. South Northamptonshire, East Midlands, 419.9, (401), 402.1, (384)
  21. Central and Eastern Antrim, Northern Ireland, 419.5, (585), 375.8, (524)
  22. Central Ulster, Northern Ireland, 418.3, (623), 376.0, (560)
  23. Eden, North West England, 411.1, (221), 385.1, (207)
  24. Lincoln, East Midlands, 408.8, (409), 393.8, (394)
  25. Wealden, South East England, 400.7, (652), 379.8, (618)
  26. Rother, South East England, 398.1, (385), 312.3, (302)
  27. Portsmouth, South East England, 397.3, (853), 395.5, (849)
  28. Swale, South East England, 396.0, (598), 374.8, (566)
  29. Perth and Kinross, Scotland, 395.6, (601), 258.0, (392)
  30. Falkirk, Scotland, 393.6, (632), 330.1, (530)
  31. Hull, Yorkshire & the Humber, 389.8, (1010), 373.2, (967)
  32. Highland, Scotland, 389.1, (916), 302.4, (712)
  33. Tamworth, West Midlands, 386.4, (297), 365.6, (281)
  34. Newry Morne and Down, Northern Ireland, 383.1, (696), 366.1, (665)
  35. Hastings, South East England, 377.1, (349), 356.5, (330)
  36. Shropshire, West Midlands, 375.5, (1222), 373.1, (1214)
  37. Moray, Scotland, 373.0, (357), 290.5, (278)
  38. Conwy, Wales, 363.0, (429), 361.3, (427)
  39. Wigan, North West England, 362.9, (1200), 361.0, (1194)
  40. South Lanarkshire, Scotland, 361.9, (1161), 332.6, (1067)
  41. Aberdeen City, Scotland, 351.0, (804), 341.4, (782)
  42. Babergh, East of England, 349.4, (324), 345.1, (320)
  43. Eastbourne, South East England, 347.5, (359), 336.8, (348)
  44. North Lincolnshire, Yorkshire & the Humber, 345.6, (597), 320.7, (554)
  45. East Dunbartonshire, Scotland, 336.6, (366), 332.9, (362)
  46. South Ayrshire, Scotland, 334.4, (375), 279.1, (313)
  47. West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, 324.9, (287), 310.2, (274)
  48. East Lothian, Scotland, 320.7, (346), 313.3, (338)
  49. Welwyn Hatfield, East of England, 318.8, (395), 318.0, (394)
  50. Sandwell, West Midlands, 311.5, (1025), 299.4, (985)
  51. Blackburn with Darwen, North West England, 309.9, (465), 307.9, (462)
  52. Bolton, North West England, 295.6, (852), 281.7, (812)
  53. East Renfrewshire, Scotland, 285.2, (274), 257.1, (247)
  54. Manchester, North West England, 277.1, (1540), 276.0, (1534)
  55. Birmingham, West Midlands, 269.7, (3076), 264.0, (3011)
  56. Barking and Dagenham, London, 253.6, (543), 228.4, (489)
  57. Croydon, London, 236.0, (917), 223.6, (869)
  58. Glasgow City, Scotland, 221.4, (1407), 220.7, (1403)
  59. Hackney and the City of London, London, 220.6, (644), 194.3, (567)
  60. Kensington and Chelsea, London, 217.4, (341), 202.7, (318)
  61. Lewisham, London, 207.7, (634), 196.5, (600)
  62. Tower Hamlets, London, 196.7, (653), 179.2, (595)
  63. Southwark, London, 183.1, (586), 174.1, (557)
  64. Westminster, London, 175.7, (474), 167.9, (453)
  65. Shetland Islands, Scotland, 157.4, (36), 135.5, (31)

Deputy Prime Minister John Swinney said coronavirus infections remained ‘very worrying’.

“The situation is precarious and unpredictable. If the previous pattern, marked by waves of infection, repeats itself, there is a risk that the spread of the virus – very quickly – could increase again in the coming weeks, perhaps over the Christmas period.

“Given the current high level of infection in society and the intense pressure that the NHS is already under as a result, some scenarios for what may happen next are very worrying.

“We need to avoid the most dangerous of these scenarios,” he added.

The rise in infections in some areas comes as it was revealed yesterday that Covid deaths have hit 262, the highest level in a week.

But coronavirus cases across the UK remain stable at 33,117 as the British continue to get their third blow in the fight against the virus.

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