Ah, what better way to mark what is officially the most depressing week in the calendar year than by finding out how many people in your neighbourhood have Covid right now?
This map helps you do exactly that. It plots weekly government statistics on to a map of the UK and then breaks the information down by postcode. It marks any area that has cases by colouring it from light green through to dark blue and all the way up to burgundy. The darker the shade, the more cases there are.
The original map is now redirecting to a government website and it’s probably the most microscopic we’ve got on a map with this kind of germ-loaded data so far. It’s actually plotted by ‘middle super output area’, an area slightly larger than a postcode used by the Office of National Statistics.
You can also click on each area to find out the exact number, which means we can tell you that at the time of writing, London cases look like this: Shoreditch has 100 active Covid cases, there are 32 in Notting Hill South and 85 in Peckham North.
Most postcode regions in the capital are now in purple or blue – with fewer signs of the more ominous deep shade of purple than were on show the week prior. Indeed, there are now clusters of blue around Kensington, Holborn, Hampstead, Highbury and Clapham. Click on other areas in and around the centre of the city and you’ll spot a downward trend, with cases in many areas falling compared to last week’s data and showing signs that we could have passed the peak of the virus.
Elsewhere in the UK, there are actually bits of green again (phew!), although much of the map surrounding London is still sporting the colour purple, and with Liverpool, Wolverhampton and the Isle of Wight also appearing to be hotspots for current cases. The rest of the map is mainly in light purple and dark blue.
Areas in white show what the government is calling ‘suppressed rates’, which means there have been fewer than three cases in the last seven days. However, you have to study the map pretty closely to spy these areas now.
Check it out to see how well your area’s coping.