New Covid-19 map shows which areas could enter Tier 3 lockdown next week

A new coronavirus map shows which areas could go into Tier 3 lockdown next week.

New figures show that four areas are on the verge of entering the higher tier when restrictions are reviewed next week.

The ZOE Covid Symptom Study app shows how many cases there are per 100,000 people and the prevalence rate for each area in England.

There are only four regions in Tier 2 with rising Covid-19 cases. Suffolk, Reading, Wokingham, Bracknell Forest, Windsor, Maidenhead and West Berkshire, Wiltshire and Swindon are all included in the regions.

Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull also have rising coronavirus cases despite already being in Tier 3, dampening hopes of them being downgraded.

Professor Tim Spector, the lead scientist on the ZOE Covid Symptom Study app, said: "It's encouraging to see rates are still falling across most of the UK, and we're now below 21,000 cases, less than half the peak of the second wave we saw in October.

"However, while we are also seeing steady falls in admissions now, it's important that we aren't complacent.

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"Even though the UK will start the vaccine rollout next week, many of us won't be getting one for a few months, so keeping the numbers low and under control is really important for the NHS.

"I'm confident that ZOE's app data really is the most up-to-date picture we have."

The app's data is based on around one million weekly reporters and the proportion of newly symptomatic users who have positive swab tests.

These latest survey figures were based on data from 11,124 swab tests done between November 15 to 29.

England exited a second national lockdown to re-enter a three-tier coronavirus lockdown system on December 2.

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