BASINGSTOKE predicted to be a coronavirus hotspot by next Saturday new data reveals.

The tool, devised by Imperial College London, predicts the parts of the country likely to see a rise in coronavirus cases to above 50 per 100,000, which it classes as a 'hotspot.'

Currently, the map indicates that this week the Basingstoke and Deane local authority has a 22 per cent chance of reaching this infection level.

However, the map shows that this time next week, the chances almost triple to 59 per cent.

The calculator predicts that in the following week, ending on October 24, the probability in Basingstoke will rise to 78 per cent.

Basingstoke Gazette:

The Prime Minister is expected to make an announcement on new, localised lockdown restrictions later today. 

It is though that different parts of England are to be split up into “medium”, “high”, or “very high” local Covid alert areas under a new three tier system.

The classification of areas will determine what type of “appropriate interventions” are to be made in them to combat the coronavirus outbreak.

With Basingstoke cases set to rise to ‘hotspot’ levels in the coming weeks it is likely that the new restrictions will impact residents.

Test Valley, Winchester, Southampton and Portsmouth are already showing red on the map indicating they are already hotspot areas.

Only six areas in Hampshire are not predicted to hit hotspot levels by next Saturday.

They are, Eastleigh, the New Forest, Chichester, Fareham, Gosport and Havant.