Covid-19 case rates are rising in all parts of England along with the number of patients hospitalized with the virus.
Here is a regional guide to the latest numbers:
London has the highest regional rate of new Covid-19 cases in England.
For the seven days to December 30, the rate was 934.3 cases per 100,000 people, down from 844.3 the previous week and 531.5 two weeks ago.
Of the 25 highest local rates in England, 11 are in London. This includes Barking & Dagenham with the highest rate in England (1,402.5) and Redbridge with the third highest rate (1,339.7).
Hospitals in London have a record number of patients with Covid-19. At 8:00 a.m. on January 3, a total of 6,358 patients were hospitalized in the capital. This is more than double what it was two weeks ago (3,067 patients on December 20).
During the first wave of the virus, patient numbers peaked at 5,201 on April 9.
All of London is on Tier 4 of the government’s Covid-19 “stay at home” alert, with restrictions that include no blending of households and the closure of all non-essential businesses and operations.
– East England
East England has the second highest regional rate of new Covid-19 cases.
It is currently 683.7 compared to 587.5 a week ago and 376.6 two weeks ago.
Six of the ten highest local rates in England are in this region, including Thurrock (1,388.7), Epping Forest (1,302.3) and Broxbourne (1,292.2).
More patients with Covid-19 are in hospitals in the east of England than at any time since the pandemic began.
The number was 3,395 at 8:00 a.m. on Jan. 3, a 74% increase in just two weeks and well above the first wave’s high of 1,679.
All of East England is in Tier 4.
– South East England
The trend here is similar to that in London and East England: a sharp rise in case rates and a record number of patients in the hospital.
The 7-day rate for south east England is currently 609.2 cases per 100,000 people, up from 504.9 a week ago and 356.0 two weeks ago.
Dartford has the highest rate in the region (1,143.8), followed by Gravesham (1,094.1) and Rushmoor (1,088.8).
As in the neighboring regions, the entire south-east of England is currently in Tier 4.
About 4,501 patients with Covid-19 were in the hospital at 8 a.m. on January 3, a 27% increase from last week and a 76% increase in two weeks.
Patient numbers in the south east of England peaked at 2,347 during the first wave of the virus.
– West Midlands
Regional case rates are lower in all regions outside the south and east of England, but the numbers have increased in recent weeks.
In the West Midlands, the rate is currently 389.9, down from 278.3 a week ago and 215.3 two weeks ago.
Wolverhampton has the highest rate in the region (626.1), followed by Sandwell (557.8) and Walsall (488.0).
These areas are in Tier 4 along with most of the West Midlands. Worcestershire and Shropshire are currently in Tier 3, although rates in these areas are now equivalent to Tier 4.
Regional hospital data for the West Midlands are published in conjunction with the East Midlands. The total number of patients with Covid-19 in the Midlands was 4,065 on January 3 at 8 a.m. This is a record high and a jump of 16% from the previous week and 27% from two weeks ago.
Patient numbers in the Midlands peaked at 3,430 in the first wave.
– East Midlands
The rate for the East Midlands is currently 325.0 cases per 100,000 people for the seven days ending December 30, down from 265.8 the previous week and 214.7 two weeks earlier.
Northampton has the highest rate in the region (559.2), followed by South Northamptonshire (486.8) and Ashfield (440.1).
All of the East Midlands are in Tier 4, with the exception of Rutland which is in Tier 3 and which rate is currently 215.4.
A record number of patients with Covid-19 are hospitalized in the Midlands.
– South West England
Southwest England has the second lowest rate of any region: 269.9 cases per 100,000 people. This is an increase from 176.3 the previous week and 124.0 two weeks ago.
Bournemouth Christchurch & Poole has the highest local rate in the region (434.3), followed by Swindon (432.1) and Gloucester (418.2).
These three areas are in Tier 4 along with most of Gloucestershire and Somerset. The rest of the Region is in Tier 3, with the exception of the Isles of Scilly which is in Tier 1.
Some Tier 3 areas such as Bristol, North Somerset and Wiltshire have higher rates than neighboring areas in Tier 4.
At 8 a.m. on January 3, there were 1,323 patients in hospital with Covid-19 in the south west of England – a record number and a 20% increase in one week.
– North West England
The new case rate in the north west of England has increased sharply, from 223.1 for the week ending December 23 to 351.8 for the week ending December 30.
The last time the rate was this high was in early November, just after the UK lockdown began.
Carlisle currently has the highest local rate in the region: 765.6, down from 332.2.
Burnley (670.3) and Eden (585.9) have the next higher rates.
These three areas are in Tier 4, along with all of North West England, with the exception of the Liverpool City Region which is in Tier 3.
However, three of the ten highest rates in the region are currently in the Liverpool City region: Halton (530.9), Wirral (480.8) and Knowsley (454.1).
The number of hospitalized patients in the region is below its mid-November high (3,158), but has increased 11% from 2,226 on December 27 to 2,605 on January 3.
– North East England
The rate in this region has also risen sharply, from 222.9 to 340.5.
All of North East England is in Tier 4.
Hartlepool has the highest local rate (659.8), followed by South Tyneside (409.3) and Sunderland (400.8).
The hospital data for North East England is combined with the neighboring region of Yorkshire & the Humber.
Across the region, the number of Covid-19 patients stood at 2,710 on January 3 – down from the high of 3,473 in mid-November but up 11% from the previous week.
– Yorkshire and the Humber
The rate here is the lowest for any region in England: 244.3 cases per 100,000 people, down from 191.1 the previous week.
Yorkshire & the Humber is the only region that is fully Tier 3.
In some areas, however, the fall rates have risen sharply.
In York, the rate has increased from 218.9 to 428.3 from week to week – the highest in the region.
The next highest is Richmondshire (from 178.7 to 372.2), followed by Hambleton (from 241.3 to 359.2).
The hospital data are combined with the North East of England and show that the total number of patients is still below the peak in mid-November.