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Coronavirus England: 34 areas where recent cases have occurred


Coronavirus infection rates have risen in 34 areas in England over the past week, fueling concerns that more locations may be affected by localized Leicester-style locks.

Redcar, a coastal town in North Yorkshire, and green Wokingham in Berkshire suffered the largest weekly spikes in Covid-19 cases until June 28, according to figures from Public Health England (PHE).

Coronavirus infections in Redcar and Cleveland rose from 0.7 to 5.1 per 100,000 people, while in Wokingham they rose from 0.6 to 3.

Some experts say the fall rates on short breaks in the country and in idyllic seaside resorts could fluctuate in the summer, as more and more Britons choose to stay because they are unsure about traveling abroad.

The Havering (1.4 to 5.1) boroughs in East London and Barking and Dagenham (1.9 to 5.4) were among the authorities with the highest percentage peaks.

In other parts of the capital, the number of cases per 100,000 in Richmond rose from 1 to 3.1, and infections in the western districts of Hammersmith and Fulham and Hillingdon rose from 5.9 to 12.4 and 2.6 to 5.9, respectively. A total of thirteen London boroughs have seen cases in the past week in which the virus appears to be experiencing a small resurgence following recent measures to loosen the blockade in the capital.

The same data showed that Leicester's rate of new Covid 19 cases "stabilized" – from 140.2 to 141.3 cases per 100,000 people. Cases declined at other hotspots in Yorkshire, Bradford, Barnsley and Rochdale.

Redcar, a coastal town in North Yorkshire, and green Wokingham in Berkshire suffered the largest weekly spikes in Covid-19 cases until June 28, according to figures from Public Health England (PHE). Coronavirus infections in Redcar and Cleveland rose from 0.7 to 5.1 per 100,000 people, while in Wokingham they rose from 0.6 to 3

The 25 municipalities with the highest fall rate per 100,000 people per week until June 28

1. Leicester 141.3 (140.2)

2. Bradford 45.8 (69.4)

3. Barnsley 35.1 (54.7)

4. Rochdale 35.0 (53.6)

5. Oldham 30.1 (38.6)

6.Kirklees 26.2 (30.3)

7.Rotherham 26.1 (33.6)

8. Sheffield 24.4 (20.6)

9.Bolton 23.5 (15.8)

10. Doncaster 21.3 (17.4)

11.Blackburn with Darwen 20.8 (32.9) 12.Knowsley 20.1 (6.0)

13.Peterborough 18.9 (27.9)

14. Bedford 18.1 (42.0)

15.Manchester 17.5 (21.6)

16. Leicestershire 17.3 (20.8)

17.Tameside 16.9 (33.3)

18. Luton 15.0 (26.6)

19.Calderdale 14.8 (12.4)

20. Stoke-on-Trent 14.1 (18.0)

21.Blackpool 13.6 (10.8)

22. Derby 12.8 (24.5)

23. Hammersmith & Fulham 12.4 (5.9)

24.Leeds 11.7 (19.8)

25.Cheshire East 11.3 (16.0)

Price increases were also observed at Knowsley in Merseyside, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Cornwall. Just because case rates have increased the most in these areas does not necessarily mean that the crises in the regions are getting out of control.

The actual number of infections in these areas is so small that even a handful of cases per week are at risk of increasing the rate.

Officials are likely to keep an eye on a handful of areas where local closures may need to be imposed as their overall infection rate is much higher than in the rest of the country.

Leicester is still the worst affected area, with 141.3 coronavirus cases per 100,000 population. It rose slightly from 140.2 last week, causing the government to close the city.

Public Health England said the risk of another Leicester outbreak had "stayed high" but the cases had "stabilized" for now.

Leicester still has more than three times Number of Covid-19 cases as the next worst affected area by Bradford at 45.8 cases, compared to 69.4 a week ago.

Barnsley has 35.1 cases per 100,000, with Rochdale (35), Oldham (30.1), Kirklees (26.2), Rotherham (26.1), Sheffield (24.4), Bolton (23.5) and Doncaster (21.3)) the top 10 worst-affected cases are coronavirus areas.

Yesterday, Ministry of Health sources said local blocks could be "only a few days away". The ministers still have to officially confirm which parts of England are in the line of fire.

Council leaders in areas threatened by Leicester-style barriers have rejected the idea of ​​pushing back the draconian curbs.

Sir Stephen Houghton, Chairman of the Barnsley Council, said the authorities "don't think we need additional restrictions like Leicester", which was subject to expanded blocking measures on Monday.

"We need to monitor the situation, especially if the restrictions are relaxed this weekend, and for that we need more detailed information about where the test results are located," he said. Adding PHE should make detailed information about the location of the outbreaks more readily available.

The Barnsley Council had been trying to suppress rumors of a local ban when data from Public Health England (PHE) confirming the high infection rate was released on Wednesday. According to Sky News, city guides called for "special care and vigilance", but rejected measures such as those in Leicester will be necessary.

In a joint statement, director of the Public Health Council, Julia Burrows, and senior councilor, Sir Steve, said: “The number of cases in Barnsley is above the national average.

"We are seeing a broadcast across the district across the district and, like many places in the country, there have been clusters and outbreaks in a handful of nursing homes, schools, and workplaces as we expected."

They said the clusters "started to relax thanks to local control measures and we see the first signs of a return to reducing the number of daily cases", which means "we believe that no further measures need to be implemented at this time. " as seen in Leicester & # 39;

Rochdale CEO Steve Rumbelow added: “We are not as bad as Leicester at all. The only thing that we at PHE do not have, which is crucial for coping with the local situation, is the detailed data from the tests. & # 39;

Separate numbers released on Thursday by Public Health England show the cumulative rate of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 population since the outbreak began.

Leicester tops the list (994.6 cases per 100,000 people), followed by Oldham (761.4), Barnsley (750.0), Bradford (748.9) and Blackpool (724.3). The area of ​​London with the highest accumulated fall rate is Brent (523.0).

HOW HAS THE COVID 19 OUTBREAK CHANGED IN YOUR LOCAL AUTHORITY?
UTLA name Rate per 100,000 population LAST WEEK % CHANGE
Redcar and Cleveland 5.1 0.7 601.37%
Wokingham 3.0 0.6 396.67%
Bark and Dagenham 5.7 1.4 298.59%
Knowsley 20.1 6.0 233.22%
Richmond upon Thames 3.1 1.0 199.02%
Havering 5.4 1.9 179.90%
North Somerset 3.7 1.4 167.14%
Hillingdon 5.9 2.6 125.57%
Hammersmith and Fulham 12.4 5.9 109.11%
South Gloucestershire 0.7 0.4 102.86%
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly 1.4 0.7 101.43%
Croydon 2.9 1.6 82.69%
harrow 2.8 1.6 75.00%
read 3.1 1.8 66.30%
Ealing 6.7 4.1 64.55%
Gloucestershire 1.0 0.6 50.79%
Plymouth 2.3 1.5 50.00%
Kingston upon Thames 1.7 1.1 50.00%
Hartlepool 6.4 4.3 49.88%
Bolton 23.5 15.8 48.89%
Wandsworth 4.0 2.8 44.20%
Solihull 6.5 4.7 40.00%
Merton 5.8 4.4 33.49%
Enfield 3.6 2.7 32.96%
Blackpool 13.6 10.8 26.65%
Hounslow 9.2 7.4 24.90%
Liverpool 7.7 6.3 22.68%
Doncaster 21.3 April 17 22.20%
Calderdale 14.8 12.4 19.22%
Sheffield 24.4 20.6 18.35%
Wiltshire 1.4 1.2 17.50%
Haringey 3.0 2.6 14.29%
Brent 5.4 5.1 5.84%
Leicester 141.3 140.2 0.80%
Bristol, city of 1.9 1.9 0.00%
Dorset 1.1 1.1 0.00%
Wait 6.2 6.2 0.00%
Northeast Lincolnshire 1.9 1.9 0.00%
St. Helens 6.7 6.7 0.00%
Sunderland 1.8 1.8 0.00%
Westminster 4.7 5.1 -7.66%
West Sussex 2.9 3.3 -10.74%
County Durham 4.6 5.1 -11.13%
Waltham Forest 4.7 5.4 -13.28%
Kirklees 26.2 30.3 -13.53%
Oxfordshire 4.4 5.1 -14.34%
Staffordshire 7.9 9.4 -15.90%
Leicestershire 17.3 8/20 -16.56%
Kensington and Chelsea 6.4 7.7 -16.67%
Lewisham 1.7 2.0 -16.67%
Wigan 4.6 5.5 -16.67%
Middlesbrough 6.4 7.8 -18.26%
Manchester 17.5 21.6 -18.65%
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole 1.0 1.3 -19.84%
Nottingham 8.5 10.6 -19.96%
Surrey 2.9 3.7 -20.54%
Cheshire West and Chester 9.7 12.3 -21.41%
Stoke-on-Trent 14.1 18.0 -21.75%
Greenwich 2.5 3.1 -21.97%
Oldham 30.1 38.6 -21.98%
Rotherham 26.1 33.6 -22.48%
Wolverhampton 7.6 9.9 -23.08%
Salford 7.9 10.2 -23.09%
Medway 4.7 6.1 -23.53%
North Lincolnshire 3.5 4.7 -24.95%
Sandwell 5.5 7.3 -24.97%
Herefordshire, county 1.6 2.1 -25.00%
Sutton 1.5 2.0 -25.00%
Isle of Wight 2.1 2.8 -25.09%
Kent 10.0 13.5 -25.58%
Bexley 3.2 4.5 -27.19%
Cambridgeshire 3.7 5.1 -27.42%
Cheshire East 11.3 16.0 -29.53%
Walsall 3.2 4.6 -30.72%
Newcastle upon Tyne 3.7 5.3 -31.33%
Peterborough 18.9 27.9 -32.16%
Derbyshire 6.5 9.7 -32.47%
Birmingham 6.5 9.6 -32.78%
Northamptonshire 9.9 14.9 -33.33%
Barnet 1.5 2.3 -33.48%
Bradford 45.8 69.4 -34.04%
Swindon 6.8 10.4 -34.75%
Rochdale 35.0 53.6 -34.75%
swamp 8.7 13.4 -34.97%
Barnsley 35.1 54.7 -35.83%
Northumberland 2.2 3.4 -36.15%
Redbridge 2.3 3.6 -36.46%
Suffolk 0.9 1.5 -36.55%
Blackburn with Darwen 8/20 32.9 -36.75%
Warrington 5.7 9.1 -36.82%
Cumbria 3.6 5.8 -37.87%
Worcestershire 3.6 5.7 -38.15%
Essex 3.5 5.8 -39.52%
North Tyneside 2.9 4.9 -40.00%
Telford and Wrekin 5.1 8.4 -40.05%
Leeds 11.7 19.8 -41.02%
Dudley 2.2 3.7 -41.71%
Buckinghamshire 3.5 6.1 -42.39%
Hackney 1.4 2.5 -42.80%
Thurrock 7.0 12.2 -42.81%
Sefton 4.7 8.4 -43.47%
Luton 15.0 26.6 -43.84%
Warwickshire 5.6 10.3 -45.79%
Lincolnshire 3.0 5.7 -46.57%
Stockport 6.5 12.3 -47.24%
Derby 12.8 24.5 -47.63%
Shropshire 7.2 13.7 -47.74%
Hertfordshire 2.4 4.6 -49.14%
Tameside 16.9 33.3 -49.34%
East Sussex 4.5 9.0 -50.00%
Newham 1.7 3.4 -50.15%
Lancashire 7.4 15.0 -50.53%
Wakefield 9.0 18.6 -51.59%
To bury 6.3 13.2 -52.02%
Brighton and Hove 2.4 5.2 -53.38%
Southwark 1.6 3.5 -54.47%
Wirral 8.4 19.2 -56.47%
Bedford 18.1 42.0 -56.95%
Nottinghamshire 5.4 12.6 -57.64%
Bracknell forest 1.6 4.1 -60.10%
Southend-on-Sea 8.2 8/20 -60.54%
Milton Keynes 4.1 10.8 -62.04%
Stockton-on-teas 5.6 14.7 -62.04%
Devon 0.4 1.0 -62.38%
Trafford 3.8 10.2 -62.46%
North Yorkshire 5.0 13.8 -63.56%
Norfolk 1.6 4.3 -64.12%
Central Bedfordshire 5.6 15.9 -64.46%
Hampshire 0.4 1.2 -64.52%
Lambeth 0.3 0.9 -66.30%
East Riding of Yorkshire 4.7 14.1 -66.67%
Tower hamlet 0.9 2.8 -66.78%
Windsor and Maidenhead 0.7 2.0 -66.83%
Islington 0.8 2.9 -71.33%
York 1.9 6.7 -71.36%
Bromley 0.6 2.1 -71.56%
Coventry 1.4 5.7 -76.27%
Darlington 0.9 4.7 -79.96%
Camden 0.4 1.9 -80.10%
Somerset 0.9 4.7 -80.86%
Kingston upon Hull, city of 3.8 22.6 -83.04%
Gateshead 0.5 3.5 -85.84%
Southampton 0.4 5.5 -92.78%
Bath and North East Somerset – – 1.0 N / A
City of London – – 0.0 N / A
Portsmouth – – 0.9 N / A
Rutland – – 2.5 N / A
Torbay – – 0.7 N / A
West Berkshire 1.3 0.0 N / A
South Tyneside 0.7 0.0 N / A

England's North-South Covid 19 divide: Only EIGHT of the country's 50 most affected authorities are in the south, according to official data

Only eight of the 50 areas most affected by the coronavirus are in the south. This emerges from official data that reveal the country's north-south divide in view of the growing danger of further “local locks”.

Leicester – the first city in the UK to be affected by further Covid control measures – has the country's worst infection rate. Between June 15 and June 21, 140.2 cases per 100,000 residents were confirmed. This is followed by a cluster in north-west England in which Bradford, Barnsley and Rochdale record at least 50 coronavirus infections per 100,000 people over the same seven-day period.

Analysis of the data from Public Health England shows that they are not the only places in the north to be rocked by episodes of the disease, which killed at least 55,000 people across the UK.

Only eight authorities in southern England – Bedford (42), Luton (26.6), Central Bedfordshire (15.9), Kent (13.5), Slough (13.4), Thurrock (12.2), Milton Keynes (10.8) and Swindon (10.4). – are currently in the 50 most affected areas.

In comparison, there are only six authorities at the bottom of the table in the north or in the Midlands – South Tyneside (0), Redcar and Cleveland (0.7), Sunderland (1.8), North East Lincolnshire (1.9), Rutland (2.5) and Northumberland.

According to experts, one of the main causes of the north-south divide in coronavirus cases in England is job role inequality. This suggests numbers that show that London is recovering faster than most regions.

Scientists say infections in the capital may have decreased faster because of the more employees there, which is why more employees could work from home and isolate themselves from others. In disadvantaged areas, people have to go to work and use public transport more often, which increases the risk of infection.

Government sources say Leicester-style shutdowns for other locations could be "just a few days away" before the biggest step back to normal life and the British flock to pubs to celebrate "Super Saturday."

Only eight authorities in southern England – Bedford (42), Luton (26.6), Central Bedfordshire (15.9), Kent (13.5), Slough (13.4), Thurrock (12.2), Milton Keynes (10.8) and Swindon (10.4). – are currently in the 50 most affected areas. In comparison, there are only six authorities at the bottom of the table in the north or in the Midlands – South Tyneside (0), Redcar and Cleveland (0.7), Sunderland (1.8), North East Lincolnshire (1.9), Rutland (2.5) and Northumberland

Health Minister Matt Hancock confirmed this week that the blockade in Leicester will be extended by at least two weeks after a dramatic increase in coronavirus cases.

Pubs in the city cannot be reopened this weekend to celebrate “Super Saturday,” and their residents may not visit friends and relatives – unlike anywhere in the country.

Figures show that Leicester – whose infection rate was twice that of the closest agency concerned – reported 944 coronavirus cases in the two weeks to June 23.

Government officials, politicians, and scientists disagree about whether Leicester has seen real increases in cases or whether more cases have been identified because tests have been improved.

And whether the data in each agency consists of tests in hospitals (severe Covid 19 cases) or transit centers and home test kits (mostly key personnel, possibly in mild cases) is unclear.

But a tightening of the blockade as in Leicester – with the closure of unnecessary shops and schools – cannot be ruled out for other cities in England.

Recent government data shows that the areas with a higher number of new cases are usually in the Midlands or the north, and those that do best are in the south.

"There is clearly a north-south divide in this data, and it is important to consider why," Joshua Moon, a science research associate at the University of Sussex, told MailOnline.

"At the beginning of the epidemic, the term was often used to say that the virus was" a great leveler "because the virus infected you regardless of your socio-economic status.

"These local barriers will show how wrong this claim is by hitting the most important and hardest hit communities first, be it north / south, black and white, rich / poor."

Evidence has emerged during the coronavirus pandemic that those living in the poorest parts of England and Wales die more than those in wealthy areas.

And blacks and Asians are more likely to get coronavirus and die than whites, which, according to public health authorities, is only partially explained by genetic differences.

According to Public Health England, other reasons for the inequality are housing conditions, publicly accessible professions such as healthcare workers and structural racism.

And a higher prevalence of underlying health conditions can in part be blamed for a higher risk of getting Covid-19 in BAME patients.

For example, blacks are statistically more likely to be overweight than whites, while both Asian and black populations have been found to have a higher risk of diabetes and heart disease.

This may partly explain why some parts of England suffered far worse than others during the pandemic that started in China in December but spread quickly and spread to all corners of the planet.

A number of factors affect infection rates in each area and are likely to lead to outbreaks, including demographic data on ethnicity, household structure, and physical activity.

Looking at ethnicity, particularly in the hardest hit areas, almost half of the population in Leicester is Asian or black.

In the east of Leicester, where the outbreak is worst, up to two-thirds of the population is BAME, compared to 13.8 percent in the UK in general. Forty percent of the London population have a BAME background.

In comparison, the 2011 census shows that there is a significantly lower percentage of people in West Berkshire who define themselves as BAME backgrounds – only five percent – in a national comparison.

West Berkshire, 80 km from London, has recently found no new Covid 19 cases, closely followed by Gloucestershire, Wokingham and Cornwall.

LEADERS OF COUNCILS threatened by LEICESTER-STYLE LOCKDOWNS reject the idea

Presidents of councils in areas threatened by Leicester-style locks have rejected the idea – while government-released numbers showing the highest rates of coronavirus infection are outdated.

Bradford, Barnsley and Rochdale have been identified, according to Public Health England, as three of the areas of England most affected by a "local lock" as imposed in Leicester to control Covid-19.

Statistics for the week ending June 21 – the latest available – show that these areas had the highest Covid-19 infection rates in the country, with more than 50 positive tests per 100,000 people each. Only Leicester saw more (140.2).

However, executives in the worst affected areas have claimed they could see no reason to subject their regions to similar restrictions, while the data published by Public Health England on its website was out of date.

Figures from the Daily Telegraph support their claims that infection rates in these hard-hit locations fell in the seven days to June 27.

According to these data, the number of positive cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Barnsley, South Yorkshire decreased from 53.8 to 34.7.

Council President Sir Stephen Houghton said the authorities "don't think we need additional restrictions like Leicester", which was subject to expanded blocking measures on Monday.

"We need to monitor the situation, especially if the restrictions are relaxed this weekend, and for that we need more detailed information about where the test results are located," he said. Adding PHE should make detailed information about the location of the outbreaks more readily available.

The Barnsley Council had been trying to suppress rumors of a local ban when data from Public Health England (PHE) confirming the high infection rate was released on Wednesday. According to Sky News, city guides called for "special care and vigilance", but rejected measures such as those in Leicester will be necessary.

South Tyneside, the only agency in the north that has reported no new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 in the week ending June 21, is also over 95 percent white.

The cumulative number of coronavirus cases – the second highest in England, followed by Sunderland – can, according to experts, be explained by other factors, including an aging population and the fact that the northeast is a largely industrial area.

According to experts, one of the main causes of the north-south divide in coronavirus cases in England is the inequality of professional roles.

Mr. Moon said: “Locations with the highest transfer rates are also locations that are likely to employ more people, whose work cannot be done remotely, or which rely more on public transportation than personal transportation, or whose percentage is higher in key workers logistics or transportation.

"As for that, local closures will have economic ramifications in areas that have been hardest hit by the financial crisis."

Dr. Simon Clarke, microbiologist at the University of Reading, told MailOnline: “In disadvantaged areas, people have to go to work more often, work less from home, and use public transport more.

& # 39; You cannot distance yourself from others. Factories and manufacturing work are ways to mix and mix is ​​what it's about. You would not build a food processing plant in London because it is too expensive. & # 39;

Food processing companies have a higher risk of transmission due to the cold environment. Outbreaks have been registered at plants in Anglesey, Wrexham and West Yorkshire.

Infectious disease experts also say that working conditions can increase risk, as workers speak louder about machines or have coffee breaks together.

Experts say infections in London may have decreased faster because of the more employees there, which is why more employees could work from home and isolate themselves from others.

Various districts of the capital report very few cases, including the City of London, which has no coronavirus cases per 100,000 population.

Poverty rates are clearly high in places like downtown London, but these areas have a relatively younger population and young people have fewer high rates of severe Covid19 infections on average.

Hospitals in the Midlands were worst hit outside of London, as data from NHS England show, with 5,707 deaths to date compared to 6,090 in the capital

Hospitals in the Midlands were worst hit outside of London, as data from NHS England show, with 5,707 deaths to date compared to 6,090 in the capital

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Local child protection officer Tracy Jebbet (pictured with her family) announced that her upcoming vacation in Cornwall had just been canceled

Local child protection officer Tracy Jebbet (pictured with her family) announced that her upcoming vacation in Cornwall had just been canceled

Concerns about a "leper" effect have emerged today after tourist destinations have announced they will turn away visitors from Leicester.

The Pentewan Sands holiday park near St. Austell, Cornwall, said on Facebook that it was no longer open to visitors from the city of East Midlands.

There were also concerns about travel destinations near Leicester. Health officials in Skegness said they were concerned about the prospect that visitors could travel from an area with a higher infection rate than ours.

While pubs, hotels and campsites are reopening this weekend in the rest of the UK, Leicester has been directed to take the other route. Schools must close, along with non-essential businesses, and people should stay at home.

Many residents say that they now see themselves branded as outcasts.

"We are like the leper in Leicester," Tracy Jebbet, local child protection officer, told Radio Leicester when she announced that her upcoming vacation in Cornwall had just been canceled.

The management of her St. Austell campsite – Pentewan Sands – has announced a ban on all bookings from Leicester and has told her that she cannot go.

UK movement data, compiled by Google and reporting trends in places like parks, work and residential areas, suggests that more people will work in the hardest hit coronavirus areas and stay less at home than least. Hit areas.

Transport usage has dropped 57 percent in both London and Leicester since the closure. However, only 18 percent fewer people went to work in Leicester than in London (29 percent).

Only nine percent more people stay at home in Leicester – where they have a lower risk of contracting the corona virus – than in London with 12 percent and in West Berkshire with 19 percent.

Dr. Andrew Preston, a reader of microbial pathogenesis at the University of Bath, who found that a variety of combined factors are fueling a rift in England, said it was interesting that the most affected areas did not have the largest populations.

The millions of people in London who live, work and travel closely together were largely blamed for the severe outbreak of the corona virus in the capital in March and April.

However, this does not apply to Leicester with no more than 330,000 inhabitants. This emerges from the latest ONS consensus in 2011, Bradford (350,000) or Barnsley (245,000).

Dr. Preston told MailOnline: “There could be a balance between sufficient population density and low population density that there is one or only a few areas where people will congregate (e.g. a certain city center).

& # 39; In London, when daily commuting to the "inner city" stopped, the population was most likely divided into a large number of more isolated population groups in all different districts.

"These localized centers may not have smaller places. If the restrictions diminish, there may only be one shopping area that the entire population is going to."

Dr. Preston added: “There are clearly other sensitive factors. Ethnicity is linked to the risk of illness.

“I've seen reports that describe how some ethnic groups tend to support multi-generation households, which could facilitate the spread of young people who are likely to be asymptomatic to older people who are more likely to show symptoms.

"And it looks like socio-economics plays a role, as it does with many diseases. So the" prosperity "of cities could be a factor."

Last week, Leicester City Councilor Ratilal Govind told MailOnline that there was a lack of communication with people who don't speak English as a mother tongue in the city.

He said: "I saw young people get together, have a few drinks and talk. They are just social gatherings. There is a language barrier with these young people. They speak their own language and I tell them to disperse in Gujarati. There is a lack of communication that is exacerbated by language barriers. "

But Dr. Preston said, although there are communities of large numbers of people who may not be fluent in English, "there is clearly a sufficient understanding of the need to book a test if symptoms occur, so it is difficult to know if this is the case Contains water. "

Philip Thomas, professor of risk management at the University of Bristol, believes that if the north is really seeing more coronavirus cases now, it's probably because people there have less immunity than in London.

Data released by Public Health England indicate that London has been significantly more exposed to Covid-19 in the past – 17.5 percent of healthy adults by the end of April compared to 9 to 11 percent in the North West, Midlands and North East – based on antibodies in the blood. Other studies suggest a degree of protection against T cell immunity.

"On the other hand, data for the South West, South East and East of England indicate that these parts were less exposed than the Midlands and the North," Professor Thomas told MailOnline.

& # 39; It is possible that London has already achieved herd immunity, which would be wonderful news. Not yet the Midlands and the North. & # 39;

He added that Britain should prepare for an expected increase in cases, as seen in Leicester, and for the second high point when we move out of the blockade because "the government is pursuing a contradictory strategy."

& # 39; She wants to lift the restrictions on the economy, which is a very good idea. Lockdown is unsustainable and leads to national impoverishment. & # 39;

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