Top Local Authorities for COVID-19 Positive Tests

Public Health England have tonight (2 July 2020) released data for the total number of people who have positive COVID-19 results at a local authority level. The data is at https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/#category=utlas&map=rate. Critically, these include both Pillar 1 (NHS and PHE labs) and Pillar 2 (NHS Test & Trace commercial labs) data.

Here are the cumulative totals for upper tier local authorities ranked from top to bottom ranked by rate (i.e. controlling for population). Leicester is top, followed by Oldham, Barnsley, and Bradford. Note these are the cumulative totals, which doesn’t necessarily mean that there are current outbreaks there.



And here is the data for lower tier local authorities. Leicester (a unitary authority) still top, followed by Ashford, Barrow-in-Furness, and Preston.

Public Health England should be applauded for releasing this data, which will enable us to be far more informed about the epidemiology of the disease at a local level.

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