Thematic Analysis

BRC COVID Hotspot Tracker

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    Kyle Monk Director of Insight | BRC

Latest report - week 38, week commencing 14th of September 2020.

This report contains a ranked view of areas with the highest weekly increase in COVID caseload, including week on week change and absolute change for week 38 (ending September 18th).

In this report, the North West top the high-level regions for new cases, with 8,015 new positive diagnoses. Birmingham had the highest number of cases for a sub-region with 1,271 new cases, this was 30% higher than the prior week.

The following analysis is produced using data available via Public Health England (PHE). Data is sourced from their ‘Second Generation Surveillance System (SGSS)’. New diagnosed cases for a given week are released with a minimum two-week lag. The report will always contain the latest available week. Data is only currently available for England and its regions. Publication dates are not provided by PHE so updates to this report will be irregular.

This report uses three measures to give some sense of the risk of a local lockdown in any one area, these are:

  • New cases: Total new cases diagnoses in the single week represented, both Pillar 1 and Pillar 2.
  • WoW Variance: The Week-On-Week change between the most current week and prior week.
  • Absolute WoW change: The difference in case numbers between the current and prior week.


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