CORONAVIRUS infection rates in the north of England are now nearly twice as high as in London, according to a new estimate.
New figures from King’s College London also suggest the daily rate of infection is sitting at 11,000 per day – much higher than the figure of 1,936 confirmed by Public Health England.
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It estimates that while the mid point of the number of infections in London is 124 per million people, in the North West it is 215 per million and in the North East and Yorkshire it is 225 per million, reports the Telegraph.
Figures also suggest the daily infection rate across the UK could be as high as 11,300.
The study – run alongside health science company ZOE – also suggests the number of daily infections is falling, down 17 per cent since last week.
Data shows that London, the South East and the South West are believed to now have the lowest infection rates in the UK.
Wales and Northern Ireland however are believed to have the highest figures – possibly being as high as 768 per million people a day.
The figures come as it was revealed Birmingham is Britain’s coronavirus capital with more than 1,000 deaths.
The West Midlands city is the only local authority to reach this grim landmark with a death toll of 1,076, according to figures from the Official for National Statistics (ONS).
Leeds, Durham and Liverpool have all recorded more than 500 deaths since the outbreak began – with 574, 516 and 509, respectively.
While the only authority without any deaths from Covid-19 are the Isles of Scilly off the coast of Cornwall, which have a population of just 2,000 people.
The majority of the deaths recorded by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) took place in hospitals, with 26,679 losing their lives from virus.
Birmingham had the highest rate of hospital deaths at 784.
The London Borough of Brent was second on 368 fatalities.
There were 11,632 deaths from coronavirus in care homes in England and Wales with the highest number coming in County Durham.
The figures were compiled by the ONS when the total of people killed by coronavirus in England and Wales was 41,407.
The concerning figures come as Brits are finally allowed some respite from the long coronavirus lockdown.
From today groups of friends can meet in social bubbles of up to six people outdoors.
Outdoor markets and car showrooms will also open and live sport has returned with horse racing events, without spectators, in Newcastle.
Meanwhile, Boris Johnson hopes to re-open pubs, restaurants and hotels this month.
Families went back on the school run this morning with children in reception, year one and year six returning to class.
While the government told vulnerable and elderly Brits, who have been shielding for ten weeks since the lockdown began, that they can spend time with loved ones outside.
However, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has warned that the lockdown down will be re-enforced at a local level if there is an “uptick” in Covid-19 infections.
According to ONS figures, areas across the country like Ashford in Kent, Wrexham in Wales and Doncaster in South Yorkshire are yet to see their darkest days.
While last week, North Somerset, Preston, Doncaster and Carlisle were all among those suffering their peaks.
North Somerset registered 24 coronavirus deaths for the week ending May 15.
The situation was so serious that Weston Hospital, based in the area, had to close to new patients so it could deal with those infected by Covid-19.
And that means easing the lockdown measures for that community could be dangerous with the coronavirus peak still to come.
Mr Johnson used Weston Hospital as a case study of how the government’s new tactics would work in a speech last week.
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Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Hinckley and Bosworth, Leicestershire
Richmondshire, North Yorkshire
Rother, East Sussex
Selby, North Yorkshire
Tonbridge and Malling, Kent
Wrexham, North Wales
The PM told the Liaison Committee: “The other day you saw there was an outbreak in Weston-super-Mare.
“We moved very quickly to close things down there to try to sort it out.
“That is the kind of whack-a-mole tactics that we are going to use as we keep driving the virus down and keep reducing the incidents.
“It is very important that we have a very sensitive test, track and trace operation in order to cope with local outbreaks.”
It comes as figures show the UK has suffered the highest rate of excess deaths during the coronavirus pandemic among all countries with comparable data.
Britain registered 59,537 more deaths than usual since the week ending March 20, equating to 891 people per million – a higher rate than any other country with the same quality of data.
The data also shows the UK is the worst hit in Europe when it comes to a percentage increase in deaths across the same period, trumped only by Peru internationally.
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