Geographic Outliers in England’s Covid-19 Data

There are plenty of Covid-19 dashboards out there (which is doing wonders for data literacy) but something caught my interest the other day when I was looking for my hometown of Sunderland in the government’s data.  I was surprised to see the city in its elevated position in the ranked table of cases by upper tier local authority.  The narrative we usually hear is that highly and densely populated regions are worst hit but there was Sunderland, above its larger neighbour, Newcastle.

I decided to scrape the data and then use Qlik’s associative engine to compare it with population data from  For tips on working with geographic data on different administrative regions, KML files and more see the end of this article. 

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