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Coronavirus map LIVE: Warning for 18 hotspots as peak only STARTING – alert across UK

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As the number of confirmed cases and deaths of coronavirus continue to fall across the country, eighteen councils in England and Wales have not yet been hit with their worst days. The Office for National Statistics revealed Carlisle, Preston, Doncaster and North Somerset are still facing their worst weeks in the recent COVID-19 figures.

Those areas yet to see their peak include Ashford in Kent, Broadland in Norfolk, Carlisle in Cumbria; Doncaster in South Yorkshire, Eden in Cumbria, Fenland in Cambridgeshire, Herefordshire, Hinckley and Bosworth in Leicestershire, Kettering in Northamptonshire, North Somerset, Preston in Lancashire, Richmondshire in North Yorkshire, Rother in East Sussex, Selby in North Yorkshire, South Norfolk, Tonbridge and Malling in Kent, Wrexham in North Wales and Wyre in Lancashire.

It comes after North Somerset was hit by 24 COVID-19 deaths in the weekend ending May and the local Weston Hospital was forced to shut down following a rise in patients.

It has now emerged that twice as many workers have been struck down by the invisible killer disease than patients. 

The Government say they contacted workers at Weston Hospital for the test and tracing programme, which was rolled out this week. 

The news comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that all five tests required for the next phase of restrictions to begin have been met, meaning more pupils can return to school and outdoor retail and car showrooms can open from Monday in England.

Groups of up to six people will be allowed to meet outside provided they stay two metres apart as Mr Johnson announced a “cautious” easing of lockdown rules amid a continuing row over Dominic Cummings.

Mr Johnson outlined that people would be able to see “both parents at once, or both grandparents at once” in what he said would be a “long-awaited and joyful moment” for many.

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