Every south east London borough now has at least 100 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people, with alarming surges in two local boroughs, the latest weekly figures have revealed.
Public Health England’s updated seven-day rates of new Covid-19 cases and infection rates for every local authority in England have been released, painting a worrying picture for the fate of London over the coming months.
Cases have once again increased in all south east London boroughs, a trend of the last two months, and all have infection rates above 100.
This means more than a hundred people per 100,000 are being infected with the virus each week, based on tests carried out in laboratories and in the wider community.
The largest spike can be seen in Bexley, where over the course of the last seven days, it’s Covid-19 infection rate has nearly doubled.
On October 17, Bexley’s Covid-19 rate was 70.5, but after 328 new cases in the last seven days the rate has spiked to 132.1 as of October 24 (figures for the most recent four days are incomplete).
Whilst the rise is in line with the rest of the capital, and most of the country, this seems to support current reports than London could be in Tier 3 level restrictions before Christmas.
Bromley is not far behind its neighbour, with an infection rate of 124.6 up from 85.5 after 414 new cases were recorded in the last seven days.
Greenwich is third, with its rate rising from 81.6 to 111.8, with 322 new cases.
Lewisham has just peaked above 100 cases per 100,000 people, with 103.6 and 317 new cases.
Here’s a full list of infection rates for the local and neighbouring boroughs:
- Ealing – 227.9 (the highest in London)
- Kingston upon Thames – 207.9
- Wandsworth 158.9
- Southwark – 143.0
- Merton – 139.0
- Bexley – 132.1
- Croydon – 114.0
- Dartford – 111.9
- Greenwich – 111.8
- Lewisham – 103.6
Elsewhere in the country, Blackburn with Darwen continues to have the highest rate in England, with 1,160 new cases recorded in the seven days to October 24.
This is the equivalent of 774.9 cases per 100,000 people, up from 559.8 cases per 100,000 in the seven days to October 17.
Oldham has the second highest rate, up from 449.6 to 669.3, with 1,587 new cases.
Rossendale is in third place, where the rate has risen from 514.8 to 665.9, with 476 new cases.
Other areas recording big jumps in case rates include Doncaster (up from 326.4 to 531.0, with 1,656 new cases); Wigan (up from 462.5 to 656.3, with 2,157 new cases); South Staffordshire (up from 192.1 to 372.7, with 419 new cases) and South Derbyshire (up from 155.7 to 333.8, with 358 new cases).
The list has been calculated by the PA news agency and is based on Public Health England data published on October 28 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.