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16 December 2021

UK Covid tracker: the latest data by local authority as Omicron spreads

The New Statesman is tracking the latest Covid-19 data on cases and vaccinations

By Patrick Scott, Georges Corbineau and Josh Rayman

The Omicron variant is causing a surge in Covid-19 cases across the UK with the race on to get booster doses in arms to limit the disease’s spread.

The New Statesman has launched this page to track case rates and other key Covid-19 data on a national and local authority level across Britain. It will be updated regularly as new data becomes available.

Confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the UK look set to reach record levels in the coming weeks with growth accelerating in December after a period of slow but sustained increase that began in August.

How many booster doses have been administered?

Research has shown that the effectiveness of all vaccines in terms of spotting symptomatic infection is much lower versus the Omicron variant compared to previous variants. This has led health authorities to recommend a third or booster dose of an mRNA based vaccine such as that produced by Pfizer and Moderna, with studies showing this significantly boosts the recipient's protection.

The UK began it's booster campaign in the autumn of 2021 with all adults becoming eligible to book their jab by mid-December.

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The spread of the virus has always shown variation in different parts of the country with London, one of the areas to be hit hardest in the first wave in March 2020, seeing rapid increase before other areas once again with the onset of Omicron.

Use the table below to get a longer-term view of the data and analyse recent trends in case rates across every local authority in England, Wales and Scotland.


Covid spread by local neighbourhood

In the UK, local lockdown measures have focused on whole local authorities or regions. But there continues to be significant variation in case rates between the neighbourhoods within those regions.

In Leeds last summer, for example, the villages of Boston Spa and Bramham never had case rates above 200 per 100,000 people, even when a local lockdown was in force and rates were exceeding 500 cases per 100,000 people in the city centre.

Our hyperlocal animated map below allows you to get a picture of how the epidemic has progressed in your neighbourhood. You can enter your postcode and click or tap the “play” button to see this animate over time.


A note on the data

The figures featured on this page are drawn from a variety of official sources. Data on case rates comes mainly from Public Health England, but where Scottish and Welsh figures are shown the sources are NHS Scotland and NHS Wales respectively. Positivity rates are taken from NHS Test and Trace’s weekly data report.

Hospitalisation figures are taken from NHS England and have been mapped from hospital trusts to local authorities using a method developed by Colin Angus, a statistician from the University of Sheffield.

This page will be updated every Thursday evening as new data is released and will display the latest available figures at the time of publishing.