Map shows where coronavirus infections rates are rising fastest across UK

With the loosening of lockdown restrictions, many of us have enjoyed a return to normal – shops have reopened, you can sit inside to have a beer, and haircuts are back to normal.

But the downside of being able to hang out with friends and shop is that the number of coronavirus cases is rising again.

The situation has been noticed at the highest levels of government, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson annoying many during the last four-week Covid review by rolling back plans to further ease restrictions in England.

Plans to lift the restrictions have been postponed for four weeks to July 19, delaying the expected Freedom Day celebrations.

The surge in cases can also be seen in official statistics, which track infection rates across the UK.

The seven-day rolling infection rate tracks the number of people per 100,000 in the population who tested positive for Covid-19 within the past week.

Rates have increased across the country since lockdown restrictions were relaxed, and while they are still at dangerously high levels in the final months of 2020, they are rising rapidly.

At the time of writing, the highest infection rate recorded is in Blackburn with Darwen, where the rate is 577.2 cases per 100,000 population for the week ending June 12.

The average infection rate for the UK is currently 75 cases per 100,000.

The map below shows how the infection rate has increased over time since February 2020 in every top community in the UK. Orange areas represent areas with an infection rate of 75 cases per 100,000, while the darkest red is reserved for areas with an infection rate of more than 300 cases per 100,000.

Hit the play button to see how the rates change over time.

The map shows that infection rates peaked after lockdown restrictions were relaxed over Christmas 2020.

Although the current situation has not yet reached this level, rates are still rising, with a number of areas recording rates of over 300 cases per 100,000.

What do you think of the surge in infection rates in the UK? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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