Animated map shows coronavirus cases soar in England as ‘Rule of Six’ introduced

The level of new coronavirus infections has sky-rocketed across England as shown in an animated map video – with regions darkening as cases soar week after week.

In the clip, which was unveiled during a press conference at Downing Street today, the map appears pale yellow to signal a low number of coronavirus cases.

As time progresses, the map turns green and darkens to blue and purple – indicating England could be in for a rough "second wave".

Explaining the map, Professor Chris Whitty, England's Chief Medical Officer, says: "The lighter the number, the smaller the number, and then they get darker.

"These are the data for England and there will be something very similar for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

"As you can see, through March and April, the graph gets darker and darker across the whole country.

"But then as people respond to the requests for social distancing as the lockdown happens, they get lighter again across the whole country.

"Things are improving all the way through July and into the beginning of August."

Unfortunately, Prof Whitty says the numbers then "begin to creep up again".

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He added: "This is not just in a very small number of cases, this is across the whole country."

In the press conference, Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled the new "Rule of Six" law that will ban people gathering in groups larger than six from Monday.

The exceptions to the rule include when people are gathering for the purpose of work, if they live in a household of more than six people, or are a single person in a "bubble" with a household containing six or more people.

Many people were clearly baffled by the new rule, with several asking questions on Twitter about how it applies to them.

One commented: "So this #RuleOfSix … I live in a household of 6 adults and 2 children, are we all to be arrested on Monday morning?"

A second joked: "Got 5 kids? Best choose your least favourite one to get rid of."

"Can we let two people through the front door and two people in the back then we can have a conga party?" quipped a third.

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