Startling new data reveals the north of England has become the epicentre of the UK coronavirus pandemic - with nearly twice the number of new infections as London recorded today.

Figures from the Covid Symptom Study, a sample-based research tool, reveals the number of new cases has soared in the north west and north east as figures drop in the capital.

The study works by asking users to report daily whether they feel healthy and record any symptoms, before it produces an estimate on how many new infections there have been.

According to the app, there are currently 173,879 people who have symptomatic Covid-19 in the UK.

Experts from analytics company Zoe and Kings College London found there are an average of 124 new cases per million people in London, compared to 215 in the north west and 225 in the north east and Yorkshire.

The study also places Tameside as a hotspot area in the region, estimating 1.3 per cent of people contributing to the survey have the virus.

Figures suggest the situation could be even worse in Wales and Northern Ireland, but experts have said they do not have enough data to draw a conclusive picture.

In both countries the number of infections could be as high as 768.

The data places Tameside as a Covid-19 hotspot

In London, the south east and south west infection rates are the lowest.

It is also thought there could have been 11,300 new infections a day in the UK.

However, this is 17 per cent lower than a week ago.

According to data released by NHS England yesterday there was not a single Covid-19 death in the South West.

The regional breakdown of fatalities showed the number of hospital patients who died were:

There have been 276,000 confirmed coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic.

The UK's official death toll stands at 39,045.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said during yesterday's daily briefing there were 1,570 cases confirmed the previous day, the lowest number since March 25.

He said it showed a "continued downward progress."

There are 606 people on mechanical ventilators, the lowest since March.

A total of 69 hospitals said there have been no new coronavirus deaths in the last 48 hours, new figures show.

Data analysed by Oxford University experts shows more than 57 per cent of UK trusts made the reports.

In London, three hospitals reported no deaths for the period of a week.