The New Statesman’s hyperlocal Covid-19 tracker

Use our interactive map to see how the virus has impacted your neighbourhood and those around you. 

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The UK’s Covid-19 epidemic is increasingly taking place on a local level, with case rates as high as 500 per 100,000 people in Manchester and as low as 20 per 100,000 people in Dover. These differences have become more extreme in recent weeks as cases have surged in the north-west and the north-east of England while remaining comparatively flat in the south. 

However, even within Manchester, the situation is vastly different depending on where individuals live. Student areas in the city centre are experiencing dramatic increases in case numbers, with 389 recorded in one neighbourhood in Fallowfield in the week to 2 October. Travel south towards affluent, family-centric Didsbury, however, and many neighbourhoods – or “lower super output areas”, to give them their official title among statisticians – have recorded fewer than two confirmed cases. 

The New Statesman has built the below interactive map to help you trace the number of cases that have been confirmed in your neighbourhood and its surroundings. The map will be updated every Thursday as new data becomes available. Simply type in your postcode and press play to see how the presence of the virus has changed over the course of the epidemic where you live. You can also see how your local authority compares to the national picture in the line chart and interact with the map itself for more details on particular neighbourhoods. 

 
 

 

As well as Covid-19 case numbers rising in recent weeks, the virus has become far more widespread geographically, with cases in hotspots expanding out to surrounding areas. In the week to 28 August, 329 lower super output areas recorded at least three confirmed cases of Covid-19. In the latest week of data – covering up to 2 October – this figure had risen exponentially, with 8,072 areas seeing at least three cases confirmed. 

The spread of the disease depends on where you live, with 94 per cent of neighbourhoods in Liverpool recording at least three cases of the virus in the week to 2 October compared to no areas in East Cambridgeshire. How the government handles the spread of the virus and its localised disparities is under increasing scrutiny, with evidence suggesting that local lockdowns are not working and that areas facing tighter restrictions are not receiving enough economic support. 

[see also: A third of UK residents are under local lockdowns – but has this changed their behaviour?]

There have also been complaints from politicians such as Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram, the mayors of Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region respectively, that the government has not been transparent enough in sharing its data on the spread of cases. 

This map on this page seeks to give readers the most up-to-date picture currently possible in their local area. You can also see a less geographically granular but more timely breakdown of cases by local authority area through our local lockdown tracker.

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