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Data Focus: Vaccination efforts step up in UK, though cases rise in some areas

Coronavirus vaccination efforts have stepped up in the UK, with three consecutive days of records being broken for the number of first vaccine doses administered.

To date, over 27.6 million people in the UK have received their first dose of a vaccine against COVID-19. In other positive news, the number of deaths within 28 days of positive COVID-19 tests has also continued to fall in the UK.

National coronavirus case rates have continued to fall in England and Northern Ireland recently, though have been on the rise in Scotland and Wales. In England, while the overall case rate decreased, 41% of upper-tier local authority areas had an increase in their case rate between 10 & 17 March.

Click through the slides above to view some of the latest national and UK-wide data, or keep reading to find out which areas in England had the lowest and highest recorded prevalence of the virus this week...

 

The 20 UTLA areas with the highest prevalence of COVID-19 cases

The following upper-tier local authority areas in England had the highest rates of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in the seven-day period ending 17 March 2021.

UTLA Area Cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people Change compared to case rate at 10 March
Barnsley 198.89 +38.7%
City of Kingston upon Hull 165.91 +5.1%
North Lincolnshire 150.91 +34.7%
Rotherham 142.42 +16.3%
Luton 140.34 +43.1%
Bradford 136.35 -6.7%
Peterborough 135.96 +9.1%
Darlington 131.08 +15.7%
North East Lincolnshire 120.33 -11.5%
Tameside 120.09 0.0%
Wakefield 120.01 -10.1%
Salford 116.68 +7.0%
Sheffield 113.36 +34.0%
Doncaster 111.90 +12.9%
Bolton 109.20 +16.8%
Leicester 108.41 -8.8%
Rochdale 108.36 -9.0%
Blackburn with Darwen 104.21 -16.6%
Kirklees 104.14 +1.6%
Leeds 101.62 -5.2%

 

The 20 UTLA areas with the lowest prevalence of COVID-19 cases

The following upper-tier local authority areas in England had the lowest rates of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in the seven-day period ending 17 March 2021.

UTLA Area Cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people Change compared to case rate at 10 March
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly 15.27 +14.8%
Hackney and City of London 16.01 -28.2%
Isle of Wight 17.63 +8.9%
East Sussex 17.95 +0.3%
Devon 18.32 -18.2%
Gloucestershire 19.62 -19.3%
Kensington and Chelsea 20.50 -22.1%
Bath and North East Somerset 21.21 +2.5%
Camden 22.22 -28.6%
Southwark 22.90 -6.5%
Bexley 23.36 -24.6%
Cumbria 24.40 -9.0%
Haringey 24.94 -13.1%
Barnet 25.51 -31.2%
Wirral 25.93 -45.8%
Wiltshire 27.20 -22.7%
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole 27.57 -17.4%
Dorset 28.27 -21.3%
Waltham Forest 28.88 -41.2%
Enfield 29.06 +4.2%

 

UTLA areas where there has been an increase in the COVID-19 case rate by more than 15% recently

The following upper-tier local authority areas in England saw an increase in their rates of COVID-19 cases by more than 15% per 100,000 people in the seven-day period ending 17 March 2021, compared to the previous 7-day period.

UTLA Area Cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people Change compared to case rate at 10 March
Luton 140.34 43.1%
Barnsley 198.89 38.7%
Wokingham 39.74 36.1%
North Lincolnshire 150.91 34.7%
Reading 45.74 34.5%
Sheffield 113.36 34.0%
South Tyneside 84.12 32.3%
Solihull 91.05 32.1%
Dudley 71.52 30.7%
Herefordshire, County of 30.08 29.1%
Islington 35.06 25.2%
Brighton and Hove 33.35 24.4%
Plymouth 33.19 22.5%
Northumberland 63.89 21.2%
Wolverhampton 71.77 21.2%
Merton 45.51 20.4%
Bury 90.58 19.3%
Lewisham 29.10 18.8%
Southampton 89.10 17.2%
Bolton 109.20 16.8%
Wandsworth 38.22 16.5%
Rotherham 142.42 16.3%
Darlington 131.08 15.7%
West Sussex 36.23 15.4%

 


Data referenced in this article is publicly available from coronavirus.data.gov.uk. Where data is only included up to 16/17 March, this is to try to ensure accuracy, due to there being a delay between virus tests taking place and cases been recorded. Data may be updated - the inclusion of data here and our analysis is based on the available data at the time of writing. Our analysis has been created for information purposes only and we cannot guarantee its accuracy. 

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