Covid-19 infection rates fall sharply in south east London

The latest borough-by-borough Covid-19 figures show infection rates have sharply fallen across south east London, once again nearly halving in just a week.

Tuesday, February 2’s latest Public Health England weekly update shows more positive trends as infection rates continue to fall in all boroughs as we near one full month in lockdown, although 3,000 new cases were still recorded in the region in the last week.

All of south east London’s boroughs were amongst the country’ very worst areas with Covid-19 rates exceeding 1,000 back in December.

But following the national lockdown announced on January 6, cases began to plummet in mid-January, halving in some cases, and by the end of the month had reached pre-Christmas levels.

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The figures, for the seven days to January 29, show the infection rate, expressed as the number of new Covid-19 cases in the last week, per 100,000 people in the area.

And the numbers are overwhelmingly positive – Nationally, just five local areas (2%) have seen a rise in case rates and 310 (98%) have seen a fall.

Locally, the area with the highest number of cases per 100,000 is Greenwich, although all SE London boroughs are reporting at a similar level.

In Greenwich, 841 new cases were recorded in the last week, meaning an infection rate of 292.1. This is a dramatic fall compared to seven days prior, when the rate was 552.2.

Close behind is Lewisham with 873 new cases and an infection rate of 285.4, falling from 473.8 the week prior.

Bexley, which reached a staggering peak of 1,200 back in early January, now sits at 276.3 just a month later, down from 472.8 last week, and recorded 686 new cases.

In Bromley, the case rate is currently 259.7, down from 411.3, with 863 new coronavirus cases recorded.

Nearby, Dartford follows a similar trend with 261.1, down from 519.5, Southwark has gone from 420.9 to 268.5, and Croydon from 533.1 to 316.3.

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Knowsley in Merseyside continues to have the highest rate in England, with 834 new cases recorded in the seven days to January 29 – the equivalent of 552.8 cases per 100,000 people.

This is down from 880.9 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to January 22.

Sandwell in the West Midlands has the second highest rate, down from 814.1 to 509.7, with 1,674 new cases.

Corby in Northamptonshire is in third place, down from 613.4 to 501.3, with 362 new cases.

The list has been calculated by the PA news agency based on Public Health England data published on February 2 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

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