UK’s five next coronavirus hotspots facing lockdown predicted by Covid-19 app

A government backed Coronavirus app has predicted the UK’s hotspots that could be plunged into a lightning local lockdown.

The Covid symptoms app has revealed the the top towns that are reporting the most symptoms of the killer virus.

And five of the app’s top ten hardest hit areas are currently still free from lockdown restrictions.

According to the app 0.4% of Blackpool are showing symptoms, an increase of 0.17% on last week’s figures.

And the seaside town is joined by Dundee, Merthyr Tydfil, Nottingham and Darwen on the top 10 worst affected list which are outside of restrictions.

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Meanwhile Manchester, Kirklees, Rochdale, Salford and Blackburn with Darwen, five places currently hit with restrictions, are the other hardest-hit areas.

Experts said although increasing the data is still a long way below what it was at the peak of the pandemic.

Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King's College London, which developed the app, told the Mirror: "The trends are flat which is reassuring despite the multiple small outbreaks we have been seeing across the UK in places like Manchester.

"Our survey data is consistent with the ONS household survey, which estimates slightly higher numbers due to the inclusion of asymptomatic cases."

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The Covid Symptom Study app has been downloaded by over 3.9 million people and the latest figures are based on 8,798 swab tests done between August 2 and August 15.

Based on data from 871 app users in Blackpool, it appears that 0.4% of the population currently has symptoms.

Halton, which previously topped the symptom showing list, has had a slight increase with the figure now at 0.35%.

Manchester and Merthyr Tydfil have a rate of 0.21%, while Kirklees has 0.2%, Rochdale has 0.19%, Dundee has 0.18% and Nottingham, Blackburn and Darwen and Salford have 0.17%.

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It comes as Oldham teeters on the edge of being plunged back into lockdown.

The Greater Manchester town saw 187 new cases recorded in the week leading up to Monday.

Covid testing stations are up across the town as town hall chiefs desperately try to stop spiralling infections.

But it is expected that a lockdown will be imposed following days of pleas to households to socially distance.

It follows warnings from Oldham's council leader that the town is facing a "very real threat" of a full-scale lockdown as coronavirus cases continue to soar.

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