COVID deaths in the UK rose to their highest daily level since early March this week, while cases are at their highest for almost three months.

The latest figures come as Downing Street said it is keeping a “very close eye” on increasing case rates and after a leading scientific advisor warned it is “critical” that the Covid-19 booster programme is accelerated.

Boris Johnson is facing pressure as fears grow over the impact a rise of cases could have on the NHS over the winter months.

During a Downing Street press conference on Wednesday, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: "We've been in a race, a race between the vaccine and the virus. And although we're ahead in that race, the gap is narrowing.

"We've come so far thanks to the efforts of so many. But with winter ahead, we can't blow it now.

"So we're going to do everything we can to maintain our lead by strengthening our vaccination programme as our primary line of defence."

But how does your area compare to the rest of the UK as Covid rates rise?

The areas of the UK where Covid infection rates are highest

Analysis of public data has shown which areas of the UK are seeing a spike in coronavirus cases, deaths and hospitalisations.

Coronavirus cases are currently highest in the south-west of England based on the latest local data available for the seven days up to 19 October.

Here you can see how where you live compares to the rest of the UK.

The areas of the UK where Covid-related hospitalisations are highest

The North-east and Yorkshire region is the area where the most people are currently in hospital with Covid with 1,312 hospitalisations.

It is closely followed by the Midlands with 1,263 hospital admissions.

Both areas have recorded high infection rates over the summer months which is likely to be the reason behind higher hospital admissions.

You can see how your area compares in the table below.

The areas of the UK with the highest numbers of recorded Covid deaths

Covid deaths are highest in Birmingham with 21 deaths recorded in the last week.

Leeds and Barnsley have 13 Covid deaths recorded while County Durham has 12.