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1:36. But in recent weeks, the areas seeing the biggest increases were London, the South East and the East of England. BBC News provides trusted World and UK news as well as local and regional perspectives. NSW reports one local coronavirus case as south-west Sydney outbreak continues to grow. There have been more than two million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK and more than 69,000 people have died, government figures show. Scotland will also move to its toughest level four restrictions from Boxing Day and current restrictions will now only be relaxed on Christmas Day. Find out how the pandemic has affected your area and how it compares with the national average: A modern browser with JavaScript and a stable internet connection are required to view this interactive. On Thursday, the government announced a further 574 deaths. Check out BBC News on mobile and download our app for iPhone, Android and Kindle Fire. Coronavirus cases are now rising fast again, driven by a new variant of the virus thought to be much more easily transmissible than other strains. South Gloucestershire now has the highest coronavirus rate in the South West as health chiefs scramble to understand why. The "R number" is the average number of people an infected person will pass the disease on to. Cases are rising most quickly in Wales where about one in 60 people have the virus, according to the Office for National Statistics. So we just won't be able to allow case numbers to rise much further.". This page will be updated next on 29 December. In England, large areas of the south east are now under new, higher "tier four" measures, and plans to relax restrictions over Christmas have been cancelled. Copy link. playWhat impact has Covid had on global climate? By Jody Doherty-Cove jodyydc Reporter. iPlayer, Coronavirus in Scotland: Key figures and trends. However, these figures include only people who have died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus and other measures suggest the number of deaths is higher. But now scientists fear the rural region is likely to be the first to endure the inevitable effects of the lockdown being eased. A BBC Points West presenter who appeared to be messaging in a Covid-denier social media group has now emerged in images of lockdown protests. Wales and Northern Ireland have already announced new lockdowns to come into force immediately after this period of relaxation. iPlayerSara Pascoe is the Last Woman on Earth, Take a sneak peek at A Perfect Planet. By Nicholas McElroy and Alicia Nally. 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The North West, North East and Yorkshire, and the Midlands had the highest number of admissions in October and November. Coronavirus Australia live news: NSW Health issues alert for south-east Sydney, Wyndham and Hume top Victorian case list . South West England fared well during the first bout of Covid-19. Although the new variant of coronavirus is now spreading more rapidly than the original version, it is not believed to be more deadly. Surgeons from across Northern Ireland are to carry out operations at the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen to reduce a backlog of surgery as a result of coronavirus. VideoWhat impact has Covid had on global climate? The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. The updated stats on Covid-19 rates and new cases in south east London as the a second wave of the virus hits the UK. Share. One of America's most famous music festivals, South by Southwest, has been cancelled due to coronavirus fears. If R is below one, then the number of people contracting the disease will fall; if it is above one, the number will grow. The figures suggest infections maybe levelling off in teenagers and young adults. Previously in England, all deaths after a positive test were included. He said he was "more concerned about what we're going to be facing in early January than I am over the Christmas period itself. However, there are big regional disparities. Across the rest of the country, some other local authorities are being moved up a tier - with the Isles of Scilly the only area remaining in tier one. Tune into BBC World News for 24 hour news on TV. iPlayerThe fight to feed Britain's children, Sara Pascoe is the Last Woman on Earth. The Covid-19 coronavirus case rates in the South West are now declining after England entered lockdown on November 5 until December 2. Follow our live coverage for the latest news on the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, the Department of Health said that more than 600,000 people in the UK had received the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. Read about our approach to external linking. Of those, 468 deaths were in England, 63 in Wales and 43 in Scotland. Coronavirus: What is the R number and how is it calculated? .css-1xgx53b-Link{font-family:ReithSans,Helvetica,Arial,freesans,sans-serif;font-weight:700;-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;color:#FFFFFF;}.css-1xgx53b-Link:hover,.css-1xgx53b-Link:focus{-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}Read about our approach to external linking. iPlayerTake a sneak peek at A Perfect Planet. The whole of Wales has been placed under lockdown, with plans to lift restrictions over Christmas now limited to just Christmas Day. iPlayerWhen Idris Elba met Paul McCartney, The fight to feed Britain's children. Covid cases rise in the UK as the number of people in England's hospitals goes above the first peak. Concern at 'unprecedented' English infection level. In England, the rise was driven by sharp increases in London, plus rises in the South East and East Midlands. The estimate for England is 1.1 to 1.4, Scotland is 0.9 to 1.1, Wales is 0.9 to 1.2 and in Northern Ireland it is 1 to 1.2. iPlayer, Sara Pascoe is the Last Woman on Earth. Overall, the figures are still well below the peak of 9,495 Covid-19 related deaths recorded in a week, reached on 17 April. Using the 28-day cut-off, there have been more than 69,000. "We're facing very rapid increases in case numbers over time and we have very little headroom - we've heard reports today that local hospitals that really are at their limits at the moment - as is typically the case in winter. Read about our approach to external linking. How bad information went viral in 2020. © 2020 BBC. iPlayer, The fight to feed Britain's children. News: South West video & audio. 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