New animated graphic shows how coronavirus cases are rising across the whole of England

A NEW animated graphic released by the Government shows how coronavirus cases are rising across England.

The graphic shows how the rate of infection has changed across the country during the pandemic.

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Each region in England is highlighted with a colour, believed to be to indicate the number of cases per 100,000 in that area.

The lighter the colour, the lower the infection rate.

Speaking during Downing Street's first press conference since July, Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty explained: "Through March and April, the graphs get darker and darker, then as people respond to social distancing and as the lockdown happens, they get lighter across the whole country.

"Things are improving all the way through July and into early August then numbers start to creep up again.

"This is the situation we see ourselves in now."

It comes after cases rose by 2,659 across the UK today, with eight more deaths confirmed.

Yesterday, the number of infections rose by 2,460, while the rise was nearly 3,000 on both Saturday and Sunday – the highest infection rate in more than three months.

Boris Johnson today banned gatherings of more than six people amid the rise – which could even see Christmas cancelled.

The PM ordered a multi-pronged attack on the virus after the rise spooked ministers that corona could fast become out of control again.

He announced moves to ramp up enforcement of the tough rules to make sure everyone is following them – or they risk being slapped with fines of at least £100.

And medical experts warned that a second spike in coronavirus was being fuelled by young people failing to follow the rules on social distancing and hygiene.

People in England will be unable to gather in groups of more than six – including children – and if they do they could even be arrested.

The rules will apply indoors and outdoors, after police chiefs said that the rules were too confusing.

Weddings, funerals, workplaces and some other gatherings will be exempt from the rules.

The PM apologised today after announcing the new laws.

He said: "I wish that we did not have to take this step. But as your PM, I must do what is necessary to stop the spread of the virus and save lives."

And he promised will only keep it in place "as long as necessary".

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