How your region is doing in coronavirus fight as UK Covid-19 hotspots mapped
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A new map built by Daily Star Online shows how each region in the UK is currently doing as the country continues to battle against the deadly coronavirus.
The map lays bare the areas struggling to win the battle against the illness as more areas run the risk of being forced into local lockdowns to stop the spread of Covid-19.
Councils in England have been gifted “lightning” lockdown powers to close shops and cancel events if infection rates are spiralling.
Leicester was the first city to suffer a local lockdown when the Government said unlike the rest of England it would not be allowed to open pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and other non-essential businesses on July 4.
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Areas in Greater Manchester, as well as parts of Lancashire and West Yorkshire, have also been placed into local lockdowns after the regions experienced their own spikes in cases.
Two UK towns have reported dozens of new coronavirus cases this week – meaning they've both risen in the Covid-19 hotspot table.
Blackburn with Darwen, in Lancashire, now has the second highest rate of coronavirus infection in the country.
It has risen up the table along with third placed Oldham, Greater Manchester, which has 1,053 cases per 100,000 people.
Blackburn with Darwen has a slightly higher rate at 1,072 per 100,000 than Oldham, but is still below Leicester, where 150 people out of every 10,000 have tested positive for the bug.
The map shows the rate of cases per 100,000 of the population in each region, rather than each region's total number of cases.
The Government website states: "The rates per 100,000 resident population give a fairer comparison of the number of cases in each area but they do not take account of the different rates of testing or differences in the age and sex of the local populations."
Data was taken from the Government's coronavirus statistics website on Friday, August 14.
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Some wider regions have been grouped together as the government website does not give a more specific breakdown.
It comes after Halifax was warned it currently has a higher infection rate than Leicester, the first area to be put under extended restrictions, and numbers are still soaring.
Health chiefs in the Yorkshire town have urged households to keep socially distancing as they struggle to get to grips with coronavirus.
Currently areas of Halifax have a higher infection rate than Leicester, Blackburn with Darwen or Luton.
Calderdale’s director of public health, Debs Harkins, issued a stark warning as she declared: “It is clear restrictions were lifted too quickly.”
Latest reports suggest the list of towns, cities and boroughs on the UK's coronavirus watch list has been expanded to 29.
New coronavirus lockdown laws carrying fines of up to £3,200 came into effect in parts of northern England earlier this month.
Areas including Manchester, parts of East Lancashire and West Yorkshire are subject to the stricter new lockdown regulations – including a ban on people from different households meeting in a private home or garden following a spike in coronavirus cases.
Anyone found flouting the rules could be fined £100 up to a maximum of £3,200 for repeat offences.
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