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Coronavirus map LIVE: UK on alert as FIVE areas see cases spike at alarming rate

The UK was hit with nearly 2,000 new cases on Friday, which was the highest number of cases recorded over a 24-hour period since late May. The areas causing the most concern included Leeds, South Tyneside, Corby, Middlesbrough and Kettering. South Tyneside saw 1,081 cases at a rate of 717 per 100,000, while Middlesborough recorded 1,137 cases at a rate of 806 and Kettering had 702 cases at a rate of 689.

At least 4,703 people in Leeds tested positive for coronavirus, which was a rate of 593 people per 100,000 population.

These areas are at risk of having stricter measures put in place to tackle the spike in cases.

Leeds City Council said in a statement: “The latest seven-day infection figures show Leeds as having a rate of 32.4 cases per 100,000 people and a positivity rate on testing of 3.5 percent.

“The latest data suggests that a lot of the cases are in different areas of the city, meaning they may be linked to social interaction and leisure activities.

“The spread is broad and changeable across wards and cases have also been increasingly detected in younger people aged 18-34, with some concern over activities like house parties and gatherings.”

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7.48am: Russian scientists claim vaccine shows signs of immune response in patients

Russian scientists have claimed in the first report on their coronavirus vaccine that the latest tests show signs of an immune response.

The report, which was published by medical journal The Lancet, added every person who took part in the testing developed antibodies to fight the virus and had no serious side effects.

It comes after Russia licensed the vaccine for local use in August.

But experts say the trials were too small to prove effectiveness and safety, the BBC has reported.



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