THIS map shows the areas at risk of being pushed into tougher coronavirus restrictions this week.
Data from the ZOE Symptom tracker app has revealed that areas such as Manchester and Leicester could be pushed into a harsh Tier 4 lockdown as cases continue to rise.
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The next government tier review is expected on December 30 and could mean that millions of Brits are living under tough restrictions.
There are currently four tiers under the government's system, with Tier 4 meaning that all non-essential shops are closed, as well as gyms.
Earlier this week government scientists reportedly told Boris Johnson he needs to implement stricter measures to stop the virus from spiralling out of control, which could include a new Tier 5 level.
Data from the app shows that Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Blackpool,Blackburn with Darwen, The Humber, Derby and Derbyshire, Leicester City and Leicestershire, as well as Birmingham and Black Country have all had a rise in cases.
Manchester is currently in Tier 3 restrictions and the region has previously been one of the most infected places in the country.
Before the second national lockdown in November, Mayor Andy Burnham had fought tooth and nail to keep Manchester out of Tier 3.
According to app data, which goes up to December 24, the area has 516 cases per 100,000 people and 113 cases per 100,000 in the over 60s.
The app also suggests that Lancashire – including Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen could be plunged into Tier 4, as the region has 450 cases per 100,000 and 123 cases per 100,000 in the over 60s.
The Humber has also seen a rise with 290 cases per 100,000.
Both Derby and Derbyshire have seen an increase in infections with 500 cases per 100,000.
Leicester, which has been in tough restrictions for months now has also seen an uptick in cases.
The area is currently in Tier 3, which means non-essential shops and gyms are still open.
The area has 390 cases per 100,000 with 217 per 100,000 in the over 60s.
It comes after official government data suggested that there were ten places that could move into Tier 4.
Eden in Cumbria has seen a sharp rise in cases in the days running up to December 23, which makes up the latest official data.
The district in northern England now has 485.7 cases per 100,000 people.
It is currently in Tier 2 but stands a good chance of being moved straight into Tier 4.
Burnley has the second highest rate of infection outside of a Tier 4 area.
It is already in Tier 3, and with 488.1 cases per 100,000 people living there, it could be plunged into the strictest restrictions.
A review to decide whether more areas will be moved into the harshest tier is expected on December 30, as the new highly infectious variant of coronavirus spreads across the UK and the world.
More than six million people in east and south-east England went into the highest level of restrictions on Saturday, which now affects 24 million people representing 43 per cent of the population.
R WE THERE YET?
Data from the ZOE app states that there have been 51,745 daily new cases of Covid in the UK on average over the two weeks up to 24 December 2020.
It also estimates that the R rate across the country is currently at 1.2.
The most recently government data however suggests that the rate could be as high as 1.5 in some places.
The current R value – the number of people an infected person will pass Covid on to – according to Sage,is now estimated to be between 1.1 and 1.3.
Last week Sage estimated that the rate was between 1.1 and 1.2.
The R rate must be kept below 1 to cause the outbreak to shrink. Above 1, and cases will continue to rise.
The coronavirus' natural R rate is around 3. But it can be squashed by cutting back on social contact.
Experts today warned that tough new restrictions could be needed if schools are to stay open when the kids go back in January.
Andrew Hayward, professor of infectious diseases epidemiology at University College London, warned Britain is entering a "very dangerous, new phase" of the pandemic due to the new, more infectious strain of coronavirus.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Prof Hayward, who is a member of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag), said: "We're going to need decisive, early, national action to prevent a catastrophe in January and February.
"A 50 per cent increase in transmissibility means that the previous levels of restrictions that worked before won't work now, and so Tier 4 restrictions are likely to be necessary or even higher than that."
Prof Hayward said he thought schools would have to return "maybe a little bit later" but that it would mean "we're going to have to have increased, strict restrictions in other areas of society to pay for that".
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