Interactive map reveals Covid rates in YOUR local area – as PM told lift lockdown early
22nd March 2021

THIS interactive map reveals how bad Covid-19 infections are in your area.

As infection rates continue to fall across the country, there has also been a sharp decrease in Covid-19 mortality rates as MPs urge Prime Minister Boris Johnson to end restrictions early.

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Deaths in the UK have dropped to their lowest levels in five months as 33 more deaths were recorded yesterday.

A further 5,312 people also tested positive for the disease – bringing the total number of infections since the pandemic began to 4,296,583.

The latest figures, reported yesterday afternoon brings the total number of Covid victims in the UK to 126,155.

A fall in infections and hospitalisations could, in part, be down to the fact that over 27.6 million Brits have now received a first dose of either the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab or the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

Over 2.2 million Brits have also received a second dose, meaning even more people are now protected from the deadly virus.

MPs have now urged Mr Johnson to end lockdown early as cases continue to fall.

Tory rebellion

The PM wants to extend the Government's powers under the Coronavirus Act until October, but is facing a rebellion from his own backbenchers.

Mr Johnson is set to hold a crunch vote on Thursday as Tory MPs pile pressure on him to free the country faster.

Dozens of Tory backbenchers are expected to rebel in the vote, but the PM should still command a majority thanks to Labour support.

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said the opposition will support the Government.

He said ministers must be driven by the data" and they "have to have the power to impose restrictions where necessary" in future.

But furious Tory MPs are still piling pressure on Boris to commit to ending the lockdown sooner.

 

Mark Harper, chairman of the Covid Recovery Group, said Labour's support would give No 10 a "blank cheque" to keep restrictions in place.

He added: "Someone has to stand up and ask the reasonable questions about why significant powers are going to be extended until October – three months beyond the end of the roadmap."

Steve Baker, deputy chairman of the powerful group of MPs, said he will vote "squarely against" the "excessive and disproportionate" extension of powers.

He told the Telegraph: "With so many vulnerable people now vaccinated, people may ask why the restrictions the Government is bringing in this coming week are tougher than they were last summer when we didn’t have a vaccine.

“The time has come for this dark chapter in our history to come to an end and for us to reclaim our freedoms once and for all."

Infection breakdown

As of Sunday 21 March, there are over 5,000 people testing positive for Covid-19 on a daily basis.

Looking at infections on a regional basis and the East Midlands is seeing an average of 619 new infections a day.

In the East of England this is 332, and London is currently seeing around 372 new Covid-19 cases each day.

Looking to the North of England and in the North East 232 people are testing positive a day and in the North West 894 infections are being recorded daily.

The South East has 412, the South West 189,the West Midlands 540 and Yorkshire and the Humber has 811.

The interactive map above shows where the most infected areas of the country are.

Places shaded in dark purple are the most infected with areas in lighter shades having lower infection rates.

Figures from last week showed that areas such as Barnsley, Hull and Corby were some of the most infected areas in the country and that is still the case this week.

In Barnsley there are currently 195.7 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people, this is compared to 173.8 last week.

 

Corby has 182.5 cases compared to 191.1 in last week's Public Health England (PHE) data.

The most up to date figures also show that Kingston Upon Hull currently has 171.7 cases per 100,00, this is in comparison to 171.3 last week.

Redditch also has high infection rates with 154.8 cases per 100,000 compared to 166.5 last week.

Areas of England where infections are still relatively low include North and West Devon, Torridge and Maldon.

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