POTENTIAL coronavirus hotspots around Swindon can now be identified using a new online tool from Oxford University.

The Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science dashboard is designed to add to the government's test and trace programme by highlighting which regions and local areas are most likely to suffer disproportionate infections and hospital demand if an outbreak occurs.

It combines data about groups known to be especially vulnerable to Covid-19, using factors such as age, social deprivation, population density, ethnicity and hospital capacity.

And it allows users to adjust for changing infection rates and hospital resource levels.

The dashboard features a map down to a ward level showing the risk of hospitalisation per 1,000 people based on age and hospital capacity.

Swindon's areas with the highest risk of hospitalisation were Blunsdon and Highworth, Stratton, the Ridgeway, Covingham, the Lawns, Wroughton, and small parts of Liden, Greenmeadow and Haydon Wick.

See the dashboard here

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A zoomed-in version of the map:

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