6 charts that explain why we are in a nationwide lockdown again

Yesterday, prime minister Boris Johnson has announced new England-wide restrictions that will last for at least seven weeks.

Here are 6 charts that show why we are entering a third lockdown.

1. Cases have reached a new daily high

On 4 January 2021, Covid-19 cases have reached a new daily high with 53,180 people testing positive.

The week before the second lockdown, there were on average 19,297 new daily cases in the last seven days. Last week, they were at 48,608 per day — 2.5 times as high.

This also down to a new variant of Covid-19 which is more transmissible, according to a study by The Imperial…


The article on migration flows since Germany’s reunification by ZEIT ONLINE lives by its interactivity.

The article follows the Interactive Slideshow structure with a more balanced mix between the author-driven and the reader-driven approach.

The sequence and strucutre of the story is dictated by the author, but the reader can explore the data and interactive elements further before moving to the next part of the story.

This structure allows the author to give context, explanations and background to the data before the reader can interact with the maps and charts.

The first interactive element

The article directly starts with interactivity: a map showing population…


For this week’s directed study task I analysed a video by the BBC on Britain’s mood on coronavirus.

The 2-minute-long video is embedded in an article about a survey by Britain Thinks suggesting more than two-thirds of people are pessimistic about the UK’s immediate future.

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The video is embedded in an article about Britain’s mood on coronavirus

I chose the video because the structure of the article it’s embedded in is similar to the article I wrote on news day for Birmingham Eastside. The article I wrote was about survey results on the lockdown’s impact on mental health and included a statement from the NHS. …


In England, there are on average 1,892 registered patients for every full-time equivalent general practitioner (GP).

Data from June 2020, published by the NHS, shows the GP to patient ratio varies depending on the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). Some areas are struggling more than others.

In the South East, East of England and Greater London, the average number of registered patients per GP is higher than in the rest of England.

NHS Thurrock is on top of the list with 2,715 patients per GP. In this area, 67 GPs are facing 182,153 registered patients.

Dr Samara Afzal, a GP from…


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Credit: UNHCR

Interest in the Greek refugee camp Moria has died down since the camp was destroyed by fire.

On 8 September 2020, several fires have devastated Greece’s largest migrant camp. They made the overcrowded facility on the island of Lesbos uninhabitable, leaving nearly 13,000 people without shelter.

Immediately after the fires broke out, it made the news, with Google searches for “refugee camp Moria” reaching an all-time high.

But the data also shows that the attention did not last long. Just a week after the fires, the interest faded away, with Google searches dropping.

Franziska Grillmeier, a German journalist living…


West Midlands Police are struggling to prosecute suspects. According to data from the Police UK, the majority of suspects could not be identified or prosecuted.

Less than five percent of reported crime suspects were charged between 1 January 2020 and 31 August 2020 in the West Midlands.

According to Police UK this is, among other things, due to a lack of evidence:

“In circumstances where there is insufficient evidence, the decision may be taken to focus resources on those offences which are capable of being charged and prosecuted.”

So far, more than 200.000 crimes have been reported to the…


How a data-driven article by The Guardian sheds light to thousands of deaths of refugees and migrants

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Credit: The Guardian.

The data-driven article It’s 34,361 and rising: how the List tallies Europe’s migrant bodycount was first published on 20 June 2018 in the print edition of The Guardian as well as on their website.

Mode, audience and genre

The article is multimodal: although it’s text-based, it uses visual components such as data visualisations and photographs. It evolves around a PDF-list which documents the death of 34,361 refugees and migrants. After the first few paragraphs, an info box is included to explain briefly what the list is about and how the data has been collected.

The story falls into the genre


Two in every five patients on hold for diagnostic procedures in the UK have already been waiting for 6 or more weeks at the end of July 2020. This reveals data from the NHS. 24 percent of patients have been waiting for at least 13 weeks. The NHS hat set itself a standard that this number should be as low as one percent of patients — which was therefore not met in July 2020. At the end of the month, a total of 1.236.628 patients did not have their diagnostic procedures yet.

While one year before in July 2019 only…


“It is a good time to move aside, take a year or two or three even, let the world settle down and when it emerges out of this crisis, you are different, too.”

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All his life, Dror has been a very creative and musical person

Over the past 57 years of his life, Yacob Dror Kessler, known as Dror, has been through various circles of studying.

This year, while the world is in chaos, Dror decided that it was a good time for learning something new again. With a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science, he has been working with data for many years. “But I am a little bit tired…

Vanessa Fillis

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