Coronavirus cases data widget made available for any regional newsroom by In Your Area

By Ed Walker, editor-in-chief, InYourArea

As the country faces tougher measures to try and contain the spread of coronavirus the need for trusted news and information has never been greater.

Hyperlocal news and information platform In Your Area, owned and operated by Reach plc, has a coronavirus cases and deaths widget which shows in user’s feeds and is available to embed.

Using Public Health England data, it allows a user to put their postcode in and see how many confirmed cases there have been near them, in nearby areas and the current picture across the UK.

Data for Wales and Scotland is being inputted by the Reach editorial teams at Wales Online for Public Health Wales and by the Daily Record for Health Protection Scotland — as neither authorities county-level breakdowns of cases are passed through to Public Health England’s service which only features English county breakdowns.

The county-level data is not currently available for Northern Ireland, as their Department of Health doesn’t provide this level of data at present.

Working throughout the weekend the In Your Area’s development team pulled together the data to create the widget which appears on In Your Area and also can be embedded within news sites.

The embed code for the widget is being made available for all regional and local news sites to use, regardless of which publisher they belong to.

In Your Area editor-in-chief Ed Walker said: “This is not the time for parochial differences. We need regional media to have the very latest news and information.

“So we are making, via Behind Local News, our embed code available for any publisher — from the smallest hyperlocal site to the largest news websites to be able to use the coronavirus widget.

“We see on both In Your Area, and the Reach network, in times of crisis communities need accurate information. And it’s regional media they turn to, time and time again.

“Most people won’t know to Google ‘Public Health England coronavirus cases tracker’ so this ensures the latest information on the number of confirmed cases in each area, and sadly the number of those passing away from coronavirus, is available alongside the accurate and trusted regional news we know our publications, and others across the UK, are providing.”

There is no charge for using the embed code, which is below as an iframe:

<iframe id=”iya-embed-80ffea12-c4df-4294-b201-e9fcd1ec781e” src=”https://www.inyourarea.co.uk/widgets/established/coronaVirus?fixedheight" style=”width: 100%; max-width: 800px;border: 0; -webkit-box-shadow: 0 0 18px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.14); box-shadow: 0 0 18px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.14); -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px;min-height:447px;”></iframe>
<script type=”text/javascript” src=”https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/iframe-resizer/3.6.1/iframeResizer.min.js"></script>
<script>iFrameResize({ log: false }, ‘#iya-embed-80ffea12-c4df-4294-b201-e9fcd1ec781e’)</script>

Walker continued: “I’d like to thank the In Your Area development team for their efforts in the last few days to have this widget available for publication and also to Public Health England for making the data available in the first place for use by platforms such as ours.”

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