New Covid ‘cluster’ emerges as cases rise in 177 areas amid fears of Omicron spread

A NEW Covid cluster has emerged in the UK and this interactive map reveals if your local area is a hotspot.

Infections are rising in 177 areas across the country as extra measures were bought in this week to tackle to spread of Omicron.

Data for the seven days to November 27 shows that cases have fallen in 197 areas and the map shows current infection levels.

The rise in infections comes as scientists are scrambling to learn more about the new Omicron variant as more cases were detected in the UK last night.

In order to get ahead of the variant, the government this week reintroduced the mandatory use of masks on public transport and in shops, with more testing restrictions being placed on holiday makers.

The booster programme has also been rolled out wider in a bid to make sure all Brits have the maximum protection available to them as we head into the winter months.

A cluster of cases has appeared in the South East of England, with the majority of the most infected areas being made up of local authorities in the South East.

Cases are still rising and Torridge in Devon still has the highest rate of infections in the UK with 718 new cases in the seven days to November 27 – the equivalent of 1,044.8 per 100,000 people.

This is up slightly from 1,037.6 in the seven days to November 20.

Devon’s director of public health Steve Brown this week said that everyone now needed to be 'extra careful' amid news of Omicron.

He said that more details will emerge in coming days on Omicron and the impact it has on people's health.

Mr Brown added: “This latest variant is another reminder that this pandemic is not yet over.

“The reintroduction of mandatory face coverings is good news, and we will wait to see what impact it has on case rates locally.

"Devon secondary schools have been advised to wear face covering in communal areas since the start of term so the national announcement is helpful to reinforce the local action."

Mid Sussex, in the South East has the second highest rate, down slightly from 853.2 to 840.7, with 1,279 new cases.

Elmbridge, also in the South East in Surrey has the third highest rate, up from 795.8 to 836.6, with 1,148 new cases.

Other areas in the South East also have high cases including Tandridge, Guildford, Waverly, Eastbourne, Mole, Teignbridge, Spelthorne, Test Valley and Ashford – which are all in the top twenty of most infected areas.

Gwynedd has the highest rate in Wales (826.9, down from 857.2); Antrim & Newtownabbey has the highest rate in Northern Ireland (699.8, up from 678.9) and Falkirk has the highest rate in Scotland (574.9, up from 545.0).

There are also five areas where cases have increased rapidly in the last five days.

The 177 areas where Covid cases are still rising

Cases per 100,000 in the seven days up to November 27. The figure on the RIGHT shows infections, also per 100,000, in the seven days up to November 20.

  1. Torridge, South-west England, 1044.8, (718), 1037.6, (713)
  2. Elmbridge, South-east England, 836.6, (1148), 795.8, (1092)
  3. Tandridge, South-east England, 769.1, (681), 731.9, (648)
  4. Guildford, South-east England, 767.5, (1154), 695.0, (1045)
  5. Waverley, South-east England, 755.4, (956), 662.2, (838)
  6. Eastbourne, South-east England, 754.9, (780), 578.8, (598)
  7. Mole Valley, South-east England, 735.6, (644), 595.1, (521)
  8. Teignbridge, South-west England, 733.9, (991), 705.7, (953)
  9. Spelthorne, South-east England, 730.9, (730), 555.7, (555)
  10. Test Valley, South-east England, 712.5, (906), 677.9, (862)
  11. Ashford, South-east England, 711.4, (932), 461.8, (605)
  12. Crawley, South-east England, 709.5, (798), 623.3, (701)
  13. Hastings, South-east England, 705.5, (653), 645.0, (597)
  14. Melton, East Midlands, 700.5, (360), 628.5, (323)
  15. Antrim and Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, 699.8, (1006), 678.9, (976)
  16. Mid and East Antrim, Northern Ireland, 695.6, (970), 692.0, (965)
  17. Lewes, South-east England, 684.9, (709), 556.4, (576)
  18. Eastleigh, South-east England, 675.9, (916), 673.0, (912)
  19. Arun, South-east England, 670.3, (1080), 622.5, (1003)
  20. Reigate and Banstead, South-east England, 664.7, (992), 613.1, (915)
  21. Wokingham, South-east England, 664.0, (1155), 531.8, (925)
  22. Richmond upon Thames, London, 655.1, (1298), 562.7, (1115)
  23. Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, 654.9, (886), 654.1, (885)
  24. Plymouth, South-west England, 647.5, (1702), 583.2, (1533)
  25. Torbay, South-west England, 647.5, (882), 628.4, (856)
  26. Hart, South-east England, 641.3, (626), 429.3, (419)
  27. Newry Mourne and Down, Northern Ireland, 641.3, (1165), 586.8, (1066)
  28. Surrey Heath, South-east England, 640.1, (571), 541.5, (483)
  29. Cherwell, South-east England, 637.5, (968), 569.0, (864)
  30. Tunbridge Wells, South-east England, 633.9, (754), 553.2, (658)
  31. Maldon, Eastern England, 628.4, (411), 496.9, (325)
  32. Ards and North Down, Northern Ireland, 624.5, (1012), 599.8, (972)
  33. Wealden, South-east England, 619.4, (1008), 538.9, (877)
  34. Worcester, West Midlands, 618.4, (620), 563.5, (565)
  35. Gloucester, South-west England, 614.5, (797), 559.7, (726)
  36. South Oxfordshire, South-east England, 613.4, (882), 526.5, (757)
  37. Telford and Wrekin, West Midlands, 611.1, (1108), 583.5, (1058)
  38. Corby, East Midlands, 610.5, (446), 544.8, (398)
  39. Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole, South-west England, 607.6, (2412), 594.2, (2359)
  40. Windsor and Maidenhead, South-east England, 604.2, (914), 548.0, (829)
  41. Rushmoor, South-east England, 602.8, (569), 558.3, (527)
  42. South Hams, South-west England, 602.6, (530), 577.6, (508)
  43. Chichester, South-east England, 594.2, (722), 485.6, (590)
  44. South Cambridgeshire, Eastern England, 594.1, (956), 563.7, (907)
  45. South Northamptonshire, East Midlands, 592.7, (566), 469.1, (448)
  46. Isle of Anglesey, Wales, 592.0, (417), 479.8, (338)
  47. Woking, South-east England, 591.0, (591), 519.0, (519)
  48. Basildon, Eastern England, 588.6, (1104), 484.7, (909)
  49. Gedling, East Midlands, 587.8, (695), 402.6, (476)
  50. Southend-on-Sea, Eastern England, 587.1, (1073), 488.6, (893)
  51. Stevenage, Eastern England, 586.8, (517), 498.3, (439)
  52. Kettering, East Midlands, 586.0, (599), 491.1, (502)
  53. Rushcliffe, East Midlands, 583.1, (708), 579.0, (703)
  54. Castle Point, Eastern England, 580.0, (525), 472.8, (428)
  55. Falkirk, Scotland, 574.9, (923), 545.0, (875)
  56. Central Bedfordshire, Eastern England, 573.6, (1687), 497.1, (1462)
  57. Tonbridge and Malling, South-east England, 572.5, (759), 445.0, (590)
  58. Winchester, South-east England, 570.2, (718), 438.4, (552)
  59. Mendip, South-west England, 567.6, (660), 507.4, (590)
  60. Swale, South-east England, 566.8, (856), 507.2, (766)
  61. Havant, South-east England, 565.1, (714), 467.8, (591)
  62. Isle of Wight, South-east England, 564.3, (803), 555.9, (791)
  63. Belfast, Northern Ireland, 561.7, (1924), 538.3, (1844)
  64. Rother, South-east England, 561.4, (543), 469.4, (454)
  65. Buckinghamshire, South-east England, 561.2, (3070), 529.2, (2895)
  66. Huntingdonshire, Eastern England, 558.1, (999), 503.4, (901)
  67. West Oxfordshire, South-east England, 555.7, (621), 465.3, (520)
  68. Portsmouth, South-east England, 552.4, (1186), 495.6, (1064)
  69. Armagh City Banbridge and Craigavon, Northern Ireland, 551.5, (1198), 507.8, (1103)
  70. Braintree, Eastern England, 550.0, (842), 501.7, (768)
  71. Milton Keynes, South-east England, 548.8, (1483), 470.4, (1271)
  72. Reading, South-east England, 548.2, (879), 475.2, (762)
  73. Thurrock, Eastern England, 543.5, (954), 457.5, (803)
  74. Vale of White Horse, South-east England, 542.4, (748), 451.7, (623)
  75. Rochford, Eastern England, 542.1, (475), 481.6, (422)
  76. East Northamptonshire, East Midlands, 541.5, (515), 446.9, (425)
  77. New Forest, South-east England, 538.3, (967), 524.4, (942)
  78. Medway, South-east England, 537.4, (1500), 456.8, (1275)
  79. Brentwood, Eastern England, 537.3, (415), 437.6, (338)
  80. Brighton and Hove, South-east England, 535.8, (1563), 459.3, (1340)
  81. Stratford-on-Avon, West Midlands, 533.2, (706), 466.0, (617)
  82. South Somerset, South-west England, 531.1, (896), 464.7, (784)
  83. Cambridge, Eastern England, 530.1, (663), 415.8, (520)
  84. Epsom and Ewell, South-east England, 529.6, (429), 437.0, (354)
  85. Sutton, London, 529.6, (1100), 413.6, (859)
  86. Wellingborough, East Midlands, 520.7, (417), 485.8, (389)
  87. Runnymede, South-east England, 520.3, (470), 467.2, (422)
  88. Bracknell Forest, South-east England, 517.9, (643), 500.1, (621)
  89. Three Rivers, Eastern England, 514.0, (483), 503.4, (473)
  90. Erewash, East Midlands, 509.0, (587), 460.4, (531)
  91. Gravesham, South-east England, 508.9, (544), 440.6, (471)
  92. St Albans, Eastern England, 508.3, (759), 458.8, (685)
  93. Kingston upon Thames, London, 507.4, (909), 432.1, (774)
  94. Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, South-west England, 504.1, (2901), 463.4, (2667)
  95. East Cambridgeshire, Eastern England, 495.7, (447), 462.4, (417)
  96. Wandsworth, London, 492.2, (1623), 403.4, (1330)
  97. West Suffolk, Eastern England, 488.4, (866), 485.6, (861)
  98. Canterbury, South-east England, 487.5, (813), 390.4, (651)
  99. Merton, London, 478.1, (987), 386.5, (798)
  100. Thanet, South-east England, 477.9, (676), 431.9, (611)
  101. Craven, Yorkshire & the Humber, 477.9, (274), 296.5, (170)
  102. Chesterfield, East Midlands, 471.7, (495), 427.9, (449)
  103. Wychavon, West Midlands, 467.6, (613), 464.6, (609)
  104. Dover, South-east England, 464.9, (551), 451.4, (535)
  105. Tendring, Eastern England, 464.2, (684), 416.0, (613)
  106. Newport, Wales, 463.4, (725), 444.2, (695)
  107. Broxtowe, East Midlands, 460.6, (528), 417.0, (478)
  108. North West Leicestershire, East Midlands, 459.9, (482), 405.5, (425)
  109. South Staffordshire, West Midlands, 450.3, (506), 433.4, (487)
  110. Warrington, North-west England, 446.5, (935), 395.4, (828)
  111. Adur, South-east England, 445.6, (286), 361.4, (232)
  112. Luton, Eastern England, 445.4, (951), 434.1, (927)
  113. Bromley, London, 444.2, (1478), 396.7, (1320)
  114. Basingstoke and Deane, South-east England, 443.9, (789), 418.0, (743)
  115. Bridgend, Wales, 441.9, (652), 436.5, (644)
  116. Blackpool, North-west England, 437.2, (605), 409.7, (567)
  117. North Somerset, South-west England, 436.0, (940), 411.9, (888)
  118. Solihull, West Midlands, 433.1, (942), 404.2, (879)
  119. Hammersmith and Fulham, London, 432.6, (794), 343.2, (630)
  120. Epping Forest, Eastern England, 423.7, (560), 392.7, (519)
  121. Dartford, South-east England, 423.5, (483), 349.8, (399)
  122. Trafford, North-west England, 422.2, (1003), 400.3, (951)
  123. Hertsmere, Eastern England, 421.9, (445), 404.9, (427)
  124. Blaenau Gwent, Wales, 421.3, (295), 409.9, (287)
  125. Havering, London, 420.5, (1096), 373.7, (974)
  126. Babergh, Eastern England, 419.5, (389), 376.3, (349)
  127. Folkestone and Hythe, South-east England, 417.4, (473), 369.7, (419)
  128. Slough, South-east England, 417.2, (624), 415.8, (622)
  129. Gateshead, North-east England, 415.9, (840), 397.6, (803)
  130. Hounslow, London, 415.1, (1128), 393.4, (1069)
  131. East Dunbartonshire, Scotland, 413.8, (450), 410.1, (446)
  132. East Ayrshire, Scotland, 412.8, (502), 363.5, (442)
  133. Kensington and Chelsea, London, 408.6, (641), 341.1, (535)
  134. King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Eastern England, 406.6, (615), 383.5, (580)
  135. Bexley, London, 403.1, (1005), 351.8, (877)
  136. Ealing, London, 400.8, (1364), 381.7, (1299)
  137. Northampton, East Midlands, 399.5, (896), 394.1, (884)
  138. Knowsley, North-west England, 398.2, (607), 367.3, (560)
  139. Mansfield, East Midlands, 397.8, (435), 374.9, (410)
  140. Derby, East Midlands, 397.2, (1020), 375.0, (963)
  141. Boston, East Midlands, 395.3, (280), 391.0, (277)
  142. Amber Valley, East Midlands, 394.3, (508), 381.1, (491)
  143. Warwick, West Midlands, 392.7, (569), 384.4, (557)
  144. Barnet, London, 389.0, (1552), 358.1, (1429)
  145. Broxbourne, Eastern England, 384.3, (375), 368.9, (360)
  146. Hillingdon, London, 378.3, (1169), 344.3, (1064)
  147. Waltham Forest, London, 377.3, (1045), 314.5, (871)
  148. Stockport, North-west England, 373.9, (1100), 356.6, (1049)
  149. Croydon, London, 371.9, (1445), 284.1, (1104)
  150. Fylde, North-west England, 371.9, (302), 352.2, (286)
  151. Newcastle upon Tyne, North-east England, 366.3, (1124), 338.6, (1039)
  152. Sunderland, North-east England, 365.7, (1016), 361.4, (1004)
  153. Great Yarmouth, Eastern England, 358.9, (356), 297.4, (295)
  154. Haringey, London, 355.9, (948), 331.1, (882)
  155. Nottingham, East Midlands, 354.8, (1196), 325.1, (1096)
  156. North Norfolk, Eastern England, 349.9, (368), 317.6, (334)
  157. Lambeth, London, 349.9, (1126), 280.6, (903)
  158. Lewisham, London, 340.3, (1039), 275.1, (840)
  159. Brent, London, 337.4, (1106), 285.6, (936)
  160. Fenland, Eastern England, 335.0, (342), 332.1, (339)
  161. Redbridge, London, 335.0, (1024), 309.2, (945)
  162. Burnley, North-west England, 334.7, (299), 310.0, (277)
  163. Liverpool, North-west England, 332.1, (1662), 316.3, (1583)
  164. Harrow, London, 328.9, (830), 312.7, (789)
  165. Greenwich, London, 316.9, (916), 276.1, (798)
  166. City of Edinburgh, Scotland, 316.3, (1669), 308.6, (1628)
  167. Oldham, North-west England, 309.3, (735), 292.9, (696)
  168. Southwark, London, 307.2, (983), 233.7, (748)
  169. Enfield, London, 297.1, (991), 261.1, (871)
  170. Islington, London, 285.4, (708), 264.8, (657)
  171. Hackney and City of London, London, 282.3, (824), 280.9, (820)
  172. Barking and Dagenham, London, 279.8, (599), 240.5, (515)
  173. Tower Hamlets, London, 279.2, (927), 238.0, (790)
  174. Camden, London, 269.8, (754), 268.0, (749)
  175. Calderdale, Yorkshire & the Humber, 269.6, (570), 256.8, (543)
  176. Westminster, London, 269.4, (727), 250.9, (677)
  177. Newham, London, 240.7, (855), 229.7, (816)

Ashford, in the South East has jumped from 461.8 infections per 100,000 to 711.4.

The second area to have seen a big week on week increase is also in the South East and Hart has jumped from 429.3 to 641.3.

Gedling in the East Midlands has witnessed an increase from 402.6 to 587.8.

In Yorkshire and the Humber, Craven has seen a dramatic rise in cases, going from 296.5 to 477.9.

Eastbourne in the South East has also witnessed an increase from 578.8 to 754.9.

All Brits who feel unwell have been urged to take a Covid test to stop the spread of Delta and to prevent further cases of Omicron.

Dr Jenny Harries, Chief Executive of UKHSA, said it is “very likely” more cases of the highly mutated strain Omicron will emerge.

Dr Harries said: “We are continuing our efforts to understand the effect of this variant on transmissibility, severe disease, mortality, antibody response and vaccine efficacy.

“Please make sure to wear a mask in line with government guidance, including on public transport and in shops, to help break the chains of transmission and slow the spread of this new variant.

“It is very likely that we will find more cases over the coming days as we are seeing in other countries globally and as we increase case detection through focused contact tracing.

"That’s why it’s critical that anyone with Covid-19 symptoms isolates and gets a PCR test immediately."

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