The second national lockdown slashed Covid infections in northern England but barely affected the south of the country.
The lockdown, which began on November 5 and ended on Wednesday, saw case rates in the north and Midlands more than halve from 365 to 176 per 100,000 people, reducing what had been a big divide between the two halves of the country. In the south, Covid rates barely dropped at all, from 141 to 132 per 100,000.
The difference is also seen at a local level. In northern England and the Midlands, just 4% of councils saw a rise in cases; in southern England, the figure was 38%. The numbers are from the most recent roundup of data on regional Covid rates, showing infection levels up