Interactive map reveals how fast Covid cases soared in YOUR local area after Christmas
8th January 2021

THIS interactive map reveals how much cases have changed in your local area in the days following Christmas.

The figures paint a bleak picture of how England entered 2021, with a worsening Covid outbreak the Government are racing to halt with vaccines.

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The huge surge in cases has been blamed on a new coronavirus strain, which the government were alerted to in mid-December by scientists.

A mutant strain spread that started in the South East has now reached all corners of the UK.

And as a result, cases have reached record-highs and the NHS is on the brink of collapse, treating 10,000 more patients since Christmas.

Cases are now showing very early signs of flattening in the south, including in London, despite it being the hotspot of the UK.

But the strain has now started to take hold in the West Midlands and North West, figures suggest.

Merseyside is seeing a resurgence of the virus after beating record high numbers in the autumn.

And in the Midlands, hospitals are starting to buckle under the pressure.


The maximum number of critical care beds could run out in just two weeks, the Health Service Journal reported.

Leaked NHS data reveals there are 426 critical care Covid patients, which could grow to 877 within two weeks in the worse case scenario.

The regions normal number of critical care beds is 582, which has already been exceeded, at 608, when taking into account non-covid patients, too.


Halton, Cheshire, has shown the largest growth in its infection rate in one week, according to Public Health England's weekly report published on a Thursday.

Cases more than tripled from 249 per 100,000 to 261 in the space of just seven days, from December 28 to January 7.

Following close behind is the Isle of Wight, where the rate has shot up from 245 to 868 cases per 100,000 week-on-week.

The island had gone relatively unscathed from the second wave until late December, when cases shot up ten-fold within a week.

In Merseyside, sharp jumps in cases have been reported in Knowsley (242 per cent), Sefton (181 per cent), Liverpool (179 per cent), Wirral (154 per cent), St Helens (136 per cent) and Warrington (109 per cent).

Where have cases grown the most?

These places have seen cases grow the most. The list reads as place name: cases per 100,000 in the week to January 3, and the percentage change from the cases per 100,000 in the week to December 27

  1. Halton: 898.69, up 261.18 per cent from 248.82
  2. Isle of Wight: 868.3, up 253.73 per cent from 245.47
  3. Knowsley: 808.02, up 242.41 per cent from 235.98
  4. Telford and Wrekin: 440.91, up 188.36 per cent from 152.9
  5. Sefton: 640.35, up 180.51 per cent from 228.28
  6. Liverpool: 637.09, up 178.83 per cent from 228.49
  7. Shropshire: 357.74, up 175.88 per cent from 129.67
  8. Wirral: 688.87, up 154.21 per cent from 270.98
  9. Redcar and Cleveland: 372.58, up 146.86 per cent from 150.93
  10. St. Helens: 487.86, up 135.57 per cent from 207.1
  11. Walsall: 726.15, up 119.83 per cent from 330.32
  12. Sunderland: 523.94, up 119.46 per cent from 238.74
  13. Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole: 592.92, up 116.43 per cent from 273.95
  14. Cornwall and Isles of Scilly: 324.41, up 113.95 per cent from 151.63
  15. Middlesbrough: 541.21, up 111.36 per cent from 256.06
  16. Warrington: 654.24, up 108.50 per cent from 313.79
  17. Cumbria: 579.39, up 106.78 per cent from 280.19
  18. Sandwell: 783.99, up 96.87 per cent from 398.23
  19. Worcestershire: 455.7, up 94.06 per cent from 234.82
  20. South Gloucestershire: 397.41, 91.06 per cent from 208

Telford and Wrekin, in Shropshire, recorded an 188 per cent rise in cases – the 4th highest in England.

Other places in the West Midlands seeing a sudden rise in cases are Walsall (120 per cent), Sandwell (97 per cent) and Worcestershire (94 per cent).

A cluster of places in the North East – Redcar and Cleveland, Middlesbrough and Cumbria – are among the top 20 areas with worsening case rates.

It comes after the Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the majority of rises in cases were in areas that were in Tier 3 before the lockdown.

And health chiefs now know that Tier 3 restrictions are not tough enough to limit spread of the new coronavirus variant.

Only 13 places of 150 saw infection rates decrease or stay stable over the seven days to January 3.

They were all in the south, specifically in London, in signs the capital is starting to recover.

But the improvements are only small. Richmond upon Thames saw the largest drop in cases of 17.6 per cent – from 661 to 544 per 100,000.

Nevertheless, graphs presented at a Downing Street briefing on Monday suggested cases started to fall in the capital and South East from the end of last month.  

Professor Chris Whitty, who presented the graph at last night's Downing Street briefing, said there were "early indications of some levelling off".

The variant, which first emerged in Kent in September, is 50 to 70 per cent more contagious than the strain that was dominant last year.

After being announced by the Government in mid-December, the South East and London were slapped with new Tier 4 restrictions, which may explain why there has been improvement.

Professor Whitty said: "In some of the areas where it [new Covid variant cases] took off to the highest level and Tier 4 was brought in during a period when schools were closed, there may be some indications of some levelling off, but I don't think we should over interpret that.

"It's really clear that this new variant has been rising in all parts of the country, and what we've seen is that the bits of the country that had some of the had lower rates and previously controlled things – particularly in the North East and North West – the rate of increase has been higher than some of the southern areas which have very high rates already."

There is still a long way to go as London's boroughs still have the highest infection rates of all authorities over England, official figures show, alongside places in Essex and Kent.

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