Next five places that could be heading for lockdown as symptoms soar

Five places in the UK have been found to have rapidly rising cases of coronavirus and could be heading towards local lockdowns.

A Government-funded app is tracking the number of people with coronavirus-symptoms in the UK – and has identified five spots not yet in lockdown where symptoms are rising.

At the top of the list on the Covid Symptom Study app is holiday hotspot Blackpool, where 0.4 per cent of the population are reporting coronavirus symptoms.

That is up from 0.17 per cent last week, reports The Mirror.

Blackpool is joined by Dundee, Merthyr Tydfil, Nottingham and Halton as places on the top 10 worst-affected list which are outside current local lockdown zones.

Manchester, Kirklees, Rochdale, Salford and Blackburn with Darwen, five places currently hit with restrictions, are the other hardest-hit areas,

Blackpool, Halton and Manchester have taken the top three spots on the list, with rates roughly 10 times the national average.

Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, which developed the app, said: “The trends are flat which is reassuring despite the multiple small outbreaks we have been seeing across the UK in places like Manchester.

“Our survey data is consistent with the ONS household survey, which estimates slightly higher numbers due to the inclusion of asymptomatic cases.”

Halton, which topped last week’s list, has seen a slight increase in its population symptom rate, with the figure now at 0.35%.

Manchester and Merthyr Tydfil have a rate of 0.21%, while Kirklees has 0.2%, Rochdale has 0.19%, Dundee has 0.18% and Nottingham, Blackburn and Darwen and Salford have 0.17%.

The Covid Symptom Study app has been downloaded by over 3.9 million people and the latest figures are based on 8,798 swab tests done between August 2 and August 15.

The app figures show there were on average 1,265 new cases every day in the UK over the two-week period, with 20,299 currently suffering coronavirus symptoms.

Top 10 places on UK symptom app (% of people reporting symptoms)

1. Blackpool – 0.4%

2. Halton – 0.35%

3. Manchester – 0.21%

4. Merthyr Tydfil – 0.21%

5. Kirklees – 0.2%

6. Rochdale – 0.19%

7. Dundee – 0.18%

8. Nottingham – 0.17%

9. Blackburn with Darwen – 0.17%

10. Salford – 0.17%

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