Coronavirus heat map shows active cases in south east London

THIS coronavirus heat map shows the UK’s top infection hotspots, ranking south east London boroughs by the number of active cases of the virus.

New data from the Covid Symptom Study, an app which tracks people with coronavirus symptoms in the UK, suggests 28, 049 Brits are currently infected by the virus.

The latest figures in the app shows the estimated amount of active cases per million people in south east London’s boroughs:

  • Greenwich: 891 actives cases per million people
  • Lewisham: 689
  • Bromley: 632 cases
  • Bexley: 630 cases

Greenwich actually ranks the highest in all of south London, with only Hackney, Hertsmere and Redbridge higher in Greater London.

London remains reasonably high on the risk level, but the more concerning hotspots come from the Midlands, North East and North England.

Also shown on the app are:

  • Croydon: 747 cases
  • Southwark: 637 cases
  • Lambeth: 561 cases
  • Dartford: 461 cases

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Scientists at King’s College London, who are behind the study, also warn that in the last week, cases have stopped declining.

Epidemiologist Professor Tim Spector from King’s College London is behind the study.

He said: “It is disappointing to see that the number of daily new cases are no longer falling like they have been in previous weeks, this could be a temporary blip or due to the easing of lockdown and the amount of social contact slowly increasing.

“Importantly our updated analysis of the prevalence is still continuing to show that the Midlands and Wales are key areas in the country where the amount of Covid is remaining relatively high.”

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“It is important that we keep a close eye on these areas.

“With the growing number of people suffering for extended periods of time, we are going to be focusing on these long term sufferers to help us research causes and potential treatments.

“But in order for this to be possible, we need all our users to continue to log in, even if they have been ill and have got better.”

The latest numbers are based on data from almost 3 millions users and 11,639 swab tests done between June 21 to July 4.

During the 14-day period from June 22 to July 5, there were an estimated two new Covid-19 infections for every 10,000 people per week, equating to an estimated 1,700 new cases per day, the ONS said.

The ONS also said the decline in cases appears to have levelled off in recent weeks and urged caution over reading too much into the figures due to the low number of positive cases.

The Government’s UK coronavirus death toll stands at 45,318.

 

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