News and views from More Metrics

A selection of articles and news.

Will Christmas end this Disunited Kingdom?

Friday 27th November 2020
Dave Edmonds

Over the last week the UK and devolved Governments have sought to present a united front in order to save Christmas. But in the run up to Christmas and in all likelihood in January, this show of unity will be put aside as each nation implements its own, often very different response to the pandemic. Scotland's decision to introduce tier 4…

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Weekly COVID-19 data released

Thursday 26th November 2020

The weekly release of our COVID-19 data was released on 25th November 2020. It covers the period up to 22nd November 2020. A modelled estimate of the Scottish Tiers (1 to 4) has been added and applied across the UK. A correction has been made to the calibration of the confirmed cases data series for regions outside of England. The free data is…

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Weekly COVID-19 data released

Wednesday 18th November 2020

The weekly release of our COVID-19 data was released on 18th November 2020. It covers the period up to 15th November 2020. No change to model, but the Government has made a change to the way some of the data is recorded described here. The free data is available for download and includes: 13 Risk Factors Cumulative Infection Rates since 5th April on…

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Do our interests and beliefs impact our COVID risk?

Wednesday 11th November 2020
Dave Edmonds

Are dog lovers more at risk from COVID-19 than their cat loving friends? Do historically Brexit supporting areas take more risks than their Remain leaving counterparts? More Metrics has undertaken a short piece of analysis, reviewing its GeoSociety datasets alongside the ever increasing COVID-19 data to look for possible trends. Its by no means a rigorous scientific study but it…

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Did students spread COVID?

Friday 30th October 2020
Nigel Bradshaw

Using our model of Confirmed Cases per 100,000 at Output Area (~7 postcode) level we looked to see if there was evidence of a geographic spread of COVID-19 cases out from the recent outbreak in communal student locations. The graph clearly shows that the answer is no. We found no evident that the student outbreak leaked geographically, even within the immediate…

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Significant COVID case variation by OAC

Wednesday 21st October 2020
Nigel Bradshaw

An analysis of our COVID-19 data modelled at Output Area (~7 postcodes) shows significant variation in direction and level of cases between different Output Area Classifications. The surge in cases amongst university students is evident and greatest in communal accommodation. Students in other accommodation have also peaked, though to a lesser extent. Their confirmed case rates are now coming down. Other OAC…

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A truly local view is so important

Monday 5th October 2020
Dave Edmonds

With much of the UK under "local" lockdown restrictions due to COVID-19, its worth focusing a bit on what local actually means. In England for example, what began with the likes of Leicester and Luton has expanded to cover whole regions, primarily in the North West and North East. Similar patterns of lockdown are the case in Wales, Scotland and…

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Levelling up needs to start closer to home

Friday 25th September 2020
Sam Costain

As plans are announced to "level up" across the UK many will focus on the North-South divide. But as, More Metrics data shows, there is much to do to level up within regions up and down the country where only a few miles difference can show a huge disparity in quality of life and our GeoSociety data can indicate people's…

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Get fit to fight COVID-19

Friday 4th September 2020
Sam Costain

With COVID-19 causing a national lockdown, people across the UK sought to get themselves healthier to fight the disease. Joe Wicks lockdown workouts have become a bit of a craze, as well as sales of new bikes between £400 and £1,000 more than doubling in April (according to Reid, 2020). Smokers quitting due to COVID-19 was also found in a study…

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Free data files updated

Tuesday 1st September 2020

More Metrics make available a number of data files in our Free Data section. This data can assist in the use of More Metric data or for other modelling purposes. This update follows the release of August 2020's National Statistics Postcode Lookup data. The following files have been updated: "Postcode to Output Area for open residential postcodes", "Postcode to Output…

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