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London Covid cases by borough revealed as infection rate drop below 20 cases per 100,000 people in first area


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ovid-19 cases have tumbled in London with one borough now seeing a seven-day rate below 20 confirmed new infections per 100,000 people a week, official figures reveal today.

They show more than half of boroughs with a rate below 40.

However, there are growing signs that the battle to drive cases lower in some areas is slowing and possibly even running into difficulties.

In Lewisham, the seven-day rate dropped to 19.9 confirmed new cases per 100,000 people in the week to March 5.

Bromley saw a rate of 25.6, Kensington and Chelsea 26.3, Haringey 27.5, Bexley 28.6 and Islington 28.9.

A further 11 boroughs had a rate above 30 and below 40; Hammersmith and Fulham, Croydon, Havering, Enfield, Hackney and the City of London, Richmond, Lambeth, Tower Hamlets, Camden, Southwark and Westminster.

However, the seven-day rate remains significantly higher in a clutch of west London boroughs. Ealing’s rate was 72.6, Hounslow 70.7 and Hillingdon 69.4.

The official figures show:

* London’s rate has dropped to 42.3 in the week to March 5, down 30.9 per cent compared to the previous seven days.

* The capital has regularly seen the biggest fall in coronavirus cases but the latest figures showed rates falling quicker in all other regions apart from the North East and Yorkshire and the Humber.

* London has the third lowest rate, after the South East on 37.7 and the South West on 33.2, with Yorkshire and the Humber the highest at 99.1, followed by the East Midlands on 88.3.

* Eighteen boroughs saw cases drop by at least a third in a week.

* Kingston was the only borough to see cases rise, up seven in the week to March 5, compared to the previous seven days. Its seven-day rate was 44.5.

* Some boroughs, including Westminster, appear to be seeing the decline in Covid cases slowing, or even stalling.

* As cases get low, the daily figures can be more volatile as a small number of confirmed new infections can make a significant percentage difference.

* Health chiefs say that when disease levels get low it can become more difficult to reduce them further as the people still at risk from the virus are often the most difficult to protect, for example because they are key workers or unable to work from home.

* They also stress that the real number of cases is significantly higher than the confirmed totals, partly because so many people have the disease asymptomatically.

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* There were 1,481 coronavirus patients in London’s hospitals, as of Tuesday, with 358 so ill that they are on ventilators. Fifty-eight Covid patients were admitted to wards on Sunday.

* Twelve more deaths, within 28 days of people testing positive for coronavirus, were announced for London yesterday, taking the total so far for the capital to 15,299.

The detailed figures for London show:

* In Bexley, there were 71 cases in the week to March 5, down 69 (49.3%) with a seven-day rate of 28.6

* Hammersmith and Fulham 73 cases, down 67 (47.9%) rate 39.4

* Lewisham 61 cases, down 54 (47%) rate 19.9

* Bromley 85 cases, down 61 (41.8%) rate 25.6

* Sutton 92 cases, down 64 (41%) rate 44.6

* Brent 170 cases, down 116 (40.6%) rate 51.6

* Croydon 149 cases, down 101 (40.4%) rate 38.5

* Kensington and Chelsea 41 cases, down 26 (38.8%) rate 26.3

* Havering 97 cases, down 61 (38.6%) rate 37.4

* Barnet 169 cases, down 105 (38.3%) rate 42.7

* Enfield 107 cases, down 58 (35.2%) rate 32.1

* Ealing 248 cases, down 134 (35.1%) rate 72.6

* Merton 96 cases, down 51 (34.7%) rate 46.5

* Redbridge 145 cases, down 75 (34.1%) rate 47.5

* Hackney and City of London 93 cases, down 48 (34%) rate 32

* Hounslow 192 cases, down 98 (33.8%) rate 70.7

* Wandsworth 138 cases, down 69 (33.3%) rate 41.9

* Harrow 155 cases, down 67 (30.2%) rate 61.7

* Richmond 70 cases, down 27 (27.8%) rate 35.4

* Barking and Dagenham 121 cases, down 46 (27.5%) rate 56.8

* Islington 70 cases, down 26 (27.1%) rate 28.9

* Hillingdon 213 cases, down 67 (23.9%) rate 69.4

* Lambeth 122 cases, down 32 (20.8%) rate 37.4

* Waltham Forest 122 cases, down 30 (19.7%) rate 44

* Tower Hamlets 118 cases, down 29 (19.7%) rate 36.3

* Greenwich 123 cases, down 27 (18%) rate 42.7

* Camden 87 cases, down 19 (17.9%) rate 32.2

* Southwark 111 cases, down 7 (5.9%) rate 34.8

* Westminster 103 cases, down 2 (1.9%) rate 39.4

* Newham 198 cases, no change, rate 56.1

* Kingston 79 cases, up 7 (9.7%) rate 44.5



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