Coronavirus cases in England’s cities and large towns

Centre for Cities analyses the scale of the COVID—19 outbreak in cities and towns

Where in England has the highest number of new Coronavirus cases?

Data dashboard last updated on 4 Aug 2020

Where in England has the highest number of new Coronavirus cases?

Blackburn continues to be the city with the highest number of daily Covid-19 cases in the past week, with 90 confirmed cases per 100,000 population. Bradford has recorded 48 cases per 100,000 population, and has now overtaken Leicester which has 47 confirmed cases. Leicester has experienced a local lockdown and has seen its cases continue to drop.

The tracker shows that a gap is now widening between cities. The trajectories can be classified in four categories: In some urban areas, daily cases are still increasing rapidly and are relatively high- places like Bradford or Swindon.

In others, like Crawley, Barnsley, Coventry, numbers are less high but these cities are experiencing a bounce back in the number of cases, from a relatively low point.

We see, however, a sharp decrease in the number of daily cases in cities like Doncaster, Leicester or Stoke. Finally, in another group of cities, cases per population are plateauing at a relatively low level — that is the case in Gloucester.

Map of confirmed Coronavirus cases in the past week per 100,000 population

Click the city or large town to see the trajectory of new confirmed cases per 100,000 over the past four weeks.


This new Covid-19 case tracker aggregates the local authority data on Covid-19 cases reported daily to Public Health England, at the Primary Urban Area (PUA) level for England.

For all the 55 largest cities and towns in England, it summarises the latest development on Covid-19 spread, by looking at the sum of newly-reported cases over the past week, and comparing it to the four previous weeks. This will allow to identify the most recent spikes in cases, and how they evolve over time.

In order to visualise how cities have been affected since the pandemic began, data on the cumulative number of cases is also provided.

In order to control for population size, the data presented here is given per 100,000 population.

Confirmed cases here refer to cases reported positive to Public Health England, from Pillar 1 and Pillar 2 testing. Duplicate tests for the same person are removed.

The rates may be affected by geographic variation in testing. Local data on testing would help address this bias, but is currently not available at the local level. This tracker will be updated weekly.

This data aggregates the local authority (UTLA) data reported daily to Public Health England, at the Primary Urban Area (PUA) level for England. This graph does not provide data for all PUAs as only upper-tier local authorities whose geography could directly be matched to PUA geography have been considered in the analysis.

It does not take into account the number of Covid-19 cases which have not been attributed to any local authority- hence potential differences with the total number of cases in England.

It should be acknowledged that this data might not represent the place of residence of confirmed cases, but in some cases the location of the hospital which reported the data, where the patient has been tested. The data provided here is therefore likely to be an underestimate of the total number of cases in an area, as only confirmed cases (tested positive) are recorded.

The rates may be affected by geographical variation in testing. Local data on testing would help  address this bias, but it is not currently available at the local authority level in England.

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