Professor Neil Ferguson, an epidemiologist from Imperial College London and former member of the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), has predicted a “large wave” in Autumn after pupils begin mixing in schools.
Much of Northumberland is seeing an increase in infections too.
Analysis by NationalWorld’s data team shows Covid cases rose in 27 out of the area’s 40 neighbourhoods in the week to 20 August.
And no neighbourhoods saw fewer than three cases in the latest week.
The neighbourhoods are middle super layer output areas (MSOAs), small geographic units used in government statistics.
Here are the 15 neighbourhoods where Covid cases rose the most in the seven days to 20 August.