A map of coronavirus cases across the UK has revealed which areas of Andover and its surroundings currently have the highest rates of infection.

The government map breaks down coronavirus rates into smaller geographic areas, including nations and counties. At a lower level, it breaks them into Middle Layer Super Output Areas, or MSOAs, which are smaller, postcode-linked areas that are used for a range of government statistics.

Areas are colour coded by their rate, with purples and blues being the highest, and greens and yellows the lowest.

In our area, the MSOA with the highest number of cases in the week to October 10, when the latest figures are available, was Nether Wallop, Kings Somborne and Dunbridge, which had 19 cases, a weekly rolling rate of 244.4 cases per 100,000 people.

Next door, Over Wallop and Shipton Bellinger had the second highest number with nine cases, a rate of 124.1, with Andover London Road and East Anton next with eight, and a rate of 47.2.

Tidworth and Ludgershall and Whitchurch and Ashmansworth both had seven cases, while Andover Newbury Road had five, a rate of 65.2.

It’s good news for anyone in Andover South, Central or West, where the map reports the rate as “suppressed,” meaning that there have been no recorded cases in the previous week.

However, given this map is based on data from the previous week, it doesn’t take into account the latest infections, while the infections shown are based on home address.

In the week covered by the data, a number of schools across our area have reported positive coronavirus tests. On October 8, Stockbridge Primary School had to shut temporarily after three people were diagnosed with the virus, while Harrow Way School and Hatherden Primary School both reported cases on October 10.

As a whole, Test Valley has reported 99 cases in a week, with a weekly rolling rate of 78.5 per 100,000. The number of cases in the borough have increased by 76.8 per cent since last week.

You can explore the map and look at historic figures by clicking here