Interactive video shows how Covid spread through Liverpool’s neighbourhoods during 2021
Watch how the infection levels have changed across the Liverpool city region’s 200 neighbourhoods since January in our animated data visualisation
LiverpoolWorld’s animated graphic shows which areas have seen the biggest concentration of positive cases this year. Created with Flourish.
Coronavirus infections surged across England during the summer months, with the race on to vaccinate enough people to counteract the increase in socialisation as we emerged from long months of lockdown.
But how have cases fared where you live in Liverpool compared to neighbouring areas?
LiverpoolWorld has created an interactive map showing the spread and ebb of coronavirus throughout Liverpool, Halton, Knowsley, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral during 2021.
Darker areas show higher number of cases by neighbourhood. While cases were sky high at the start of the year, they quickly dropped away when strict curbs were placed on Liverpudlians.
Cases began to spike in June and July again but remained lower than their January high.
The data is based on confirmed cases per 100,000 people in rolling seven-day periods, based on the date of test. People are only counted once in the data, with duplicate positives excluded.
The neighbourhoods are Middle Super Layer Output areas – small geographic units containing roughly 7,000 people each. When there were only between 0 and two cases during the week, the figures are suppressed to protect anonymity, and the area appears white.
Where has the highest number of cases?
The figures, taken from the UK Government dashboard, show the highest rate of cases recorded so far in 2021 was in the Court Hey and Swanside area in the week to 7 January, with 1,914 cases per 100,000 residents.
The latest data, which covers the seven days to 5 August, shows Knotty Ash has the highest rate (637) followed by Anfield East (617) and Fairfield East (588).
How accurate is the data?
Government Covid data uses the latest mid-year population estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to work out rates per 100,000 people.
The ONS uses university students’ term time residences when estimating the number of people who live in an area.
Liverpool, as a university city, could therefore have misleading case rates in areas heavily populated by students, as the positive cases outside of term time may actually be among a much smaller population than is represented in the data.
That is because if an area has 100 cases among a population of 7,000 people, its rate would be 1,429 per 100.000 people – but if 2,000 of those residents are students who are not living in the area during the holidays, the true rate would be 2,000 cases per 100,000.
What is the situation now in Liverpool?
Of Liverpool’s 200 neighbourhoods, 96 (48%) saw a drop in cases in the seven days to 5 August compared to the week to 29 July.
The council area with the highest seven-day case rate at the latest count was Knowsley, with 371 cases per 100,000 people. That was followed by Liverpool (361) and St Helens (337).
The area with the lowest infections was Wirral, with 274 per 100,000.
Currently, vaccine uptake for first doses ranges from 68.7% in Liverpool to 84.5% in St Helens. Liverpool is the only Merseyside borough with uptake lower than 70%. The UK average is 89.1%.
You can see a larger version of the map here.