The neighbourhoods with the highest Covid rates in Birmingham

We’ve taken a look at where Covid case rates are rising fastest in Birmingham

Coronavirus infection rates are still rising across the UK, official figures show.

There were 294,753 positive test results in the week to November 25, up 2% from the week before.

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At a regional level, Northern Ireland has the highest infection rates in the UK, with 622 cases per 100,000 people, followed by South East England, with 578 cases per 100,000.

Scotland has the lowest rate, with 340 cases per 100,000.

At neighbourhood level, Covid-19 case rates have been published for the week to November 25.

Here are the neighbourhoods in Birmingham with the fastest rising case rates.

1. Birchfield West

Birchfield West has seen case rates of positive Covid cases rise by 199.8% from 45.9 cases per 100,000 people to 137.6.

2. Quinton East

Quinton East has seen case rates of positive Covid cases rise by 164.7% from 197.9 cases per 100,000 people to 523.9.

3. Sparkbrook North

Sparkbrook North has seen case rates of positive Covid cases rise by 162.4% from 94.7 cases per 100,000 people to 248.5.

4. Metchley

Metchley has seen case rates of positive Covid cases rise by 145.3% from 122.4 cases per 100,000 people to 300.3.

5. Sheldon North

Sheldon North has seen case rates of positive Covid cases rise by 130.9% from 146.8 cases per 100,000 people to 338..

6. Perry Beeches East

Perry Beeches East has seen case rates of positive Covid cases rise by 105.6%, from 276.8 cases per 100,000 people to 569.1.

7. Stirchley North & Selly Park

Stirchley North & Selly Park has seen case rates of positive Covid cases rise by 104.8%, from 266.5 cases per 100,000 people to 545.7.

8. Summerfield

Summerfield has seen case rates of positive Covid cases rise by 100.0% from 85.7 cases per 100,000 people, to 171.4.

9. Edgbaston South & University

Edgbaston South & University has seen case rates of positiv Covid cases rise by 99.9% from 156.9 cases per 100,000 people to 313.7.

10. Birmingham central

Central has seen case rates of positive Covid cases rise by 99.9% from 156.9 cases per 100,000 people to 313.7.

Concerns over new Omicron variant

There are growing fears over a new “heavily mutated” Covid-19 variant found in South Africa, with the country being added to the UK’s ‘red list’.

The B.1.1.529 variant, officially named the Omicron variant, was first found in the country and there are warnings that the new strain may be more transmissible than the Delta strain and current vaccines may be less effective against it.

Alongside South Africa, nine other African countries have been added to the red travel list.

The countries are Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said there are concerns the new coronavirus variant could “defeat the vaccine”

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How many cases of the Omicron variant are in the UK?

Currently, there are 22 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant in the UK.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that nine cases of the Omicron variant were found in Scotland, and had all been linked to the same private event on 20 November.

Public Health Scotland is still examining any potential link between the Omicron variant in Scotland and COP26, but Sturgeon said no connection has so far been found.

The remaining 13 cases have been found in England.

Uk Health Secretary Sajid Javid has warned that more cases were likely to be found over the coming days.

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