The 10 places on coronavirus watch list revealed – with 3 added this week

THESE are the 10 places on the coronavirus watch list, according to new data from the Covid Symptom Tracker app.

Three areas – East Renfrewshire and West Lothian in Scotland and Ards and North Down, Northern Ireland – are all brand new to the list.

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While Nottingham, Tameside and Neath Port Talbot are new this week, they have crept back onto the list again after previously dropping off.

Other areas in the north west of England, including Manchester, Blackpool, Halton and Oldham, have been on the list for at least a couple of weeks.

The app, which has 3.5 million users, relies on people logging their symptoms on a regular basis and reporting results of Covid tests.

It shows that East Renfrewshire tops this week's watch list and West Lothian enters at number 10.

Researchers say this reflects the decision taken by the Scottish Government to introduce tougher restrictions in these areas earlier this week.

Professor Tim Spector, an epidemiologist at King's College London who is leading the study, said: “While with increased economic activity and travel we are seeing the numbers starting to creep up again, it is good to see that when numbers start to rise, areas like around Glasgow are taking swift action to help stop the situation spreading.

"We are yet to see these localised outbreaks such as those in the North of England, having a negative impact on hospitals and NHS capacity, which suggests that those who are getting Covid may be milder cases with less of them ending up in hospital as a result, which is good news.”


The latest figures were based on the data from 9,489 swab tests done between August 9 to August 22.

It suggests there are currently an average of 1,974 daily new cases of Covid in the UK in the two weeks up to August 29.

This has crept up from 1,292 last week – a figure which has been holding steady since early July.

The latest prevalence figures estimate that 22,040 people currently have symptomatic Covid in the UK.



It's also a slight rise on last week when 18,340 people were estimated to currently be infected with the virus.

Experts who run the app study say that the estimate is slightly lower than the most recent Office for National Statistics figures last week.

The ONS Infection Survey showed an estimated 28,200 people in England were estimated to currently have Covid in the week from August 14 to August 20.

But the researchers say that one reason the app study estimate is consistently lower is because it doesn't include data from asymptomatic cases.


Meanwhile, a new interactive map tool, created by experts at Imperial College London, has been released – and can predict which areas will flare up over the next few weeks.

It suggests that Breckland in Norfolk will be among the high risk areas in less than two weeks.

All of the other hotspots are in the north of England, including Bolton in Greater Manchester, Rossendale in Lancashire and Leeds, West Yorkshire.

South Tyneside in Tyne and Wear and Pendle in Lancashire – already flagged as current hotspots – also show a high probability of remaining on the list in the next couple of weeks.

The team define a hotspot as a local authority where there are more than 50 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 of the population per week.

It comes as separate new analysis revealed that more than 400 deaths involving Covid occurred each day in UK care homes at the height of the pandemic.

There were more than 3,000 care home deaths involving coronavirus in one week in mid-April, according to the first UK-wide review of daily deaths by the PA news agency.

Deaths rose five-fold between the start of the month and the care home peak on April 17, when nearly 500 residents died.

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