Locations where you’re most likely to catch coronavirus, according to study

Millions of Brits are currently staying at home after Boris Johnson plunged England into a second lockdown.

As the UK surpassed the grim milestone of 50,000 coronavirus deaths, households are entering a second week of strict restrictions.

The R rate has, thankfully, dropped below 1, according to new research – but the country will still be shutdown until December 2.

And when it reopens, cities and towns facing higher numbers still face being placed under tough rules as we revert back to the tiered system.

Meanwhile, a huge new study has revealed the locations that you are most likely to catch the bug.

An investigation into 98 million people’s mobile phone data revealed that a staggering 80% of infections take place in the same locations.

The US study found that gyms, restaurants, hotels and churches account for nearly four-fifths of new cases, The Mirror reported.

“These are places that are smaller, more crowded, and people dwell there longer,” said study co-author and Stanford University Professor Jure Leskovec at a media briefing on the research, CNN reported.

According to the professor, reducing capacity at those establishments by just 20% could curb new transmissions by 80%.

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“Our work highlights that it doesn’t have to be all or nothing,” Leskovec said.

The researchers tracked people’s movements to locations such as restaurants, cafes, supermarkets, gyms and hotels, as well as to the doctors and places of worship, while looking at the coronavirus counts in their areas.

“On average across metro areas, full-service restaurants, gyms, hotels, cafes, religious organisations, and limited-service restaurants produced the largest predicted increases in infections when reopened,” the study said.

The study focused on Americans in 10 major cities, including New York, Philadelphia, and Washington DC.

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Residents of low-income areas suffer the worst, the study suggested.

That’s at least partly because the residents have fewer of these locations available to them, so the sites become more crowded.

In the UK, mass testing is being rolled out across 67 towns and cities in a bid to better understand hotspots.

The UK is the fifth country to pass 50,000 deaths, coming after the US, Brazil, India and Mexico.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the figures showed, despite hopes for a vaccine, "we are not out of the woods".

He said: "Every death is a tragedy," but added: "I do think we have got now to a different phase in the way that we treat it."

There have been some 1.2 million confirmed cases in the UK since the epidemic began, and more than 185,000 people have been admitted to hospital with the virus.

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