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London Covid cases by borough revealed amid signs coronavirus may have plateaued in some areas

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 04/03/2021 Nicholas Cecil

Covid-19 cases have tumbled in swathes of central London to a rate of less than 40 confirmed new infections per 100,000 people a week, official figures reveal today.

They show the seven-day rate in Westminster down to 39.8 in the week to February 26, and 37 in Southwark.

Two other boroughs were below 40; Lewisham on 37.6 and Islington on 39.2.

For the capital as a whole, the seven-day rate was down to 61 after a weekly fall of 27.7 per cent, however, there are signs the disease may have plateaued in some areas and may even be starting to creep up again.

The figures show:

* Kingston saw the biggest fall in cases of 55.6 per cent in the week to February 26, followed by Newham on 44.6 percent, Lambeth 40.3 per cent and Southwark 40.1 per cent.

* Twelve boroughs now have a seven-day rate below 50, with the other eight being Kingston, Hackney and City of London, Lambeth, Kensington and Chelsea, Richmond, Enfield, Bromley, Tower Hamlets.

* The highest rate was Ealing on 111.2, with Hounslow the only other borough above 100 on 106.1.

* Islington was the only borough to see cases increases, by two or 2.2 per cent in the week to February 26.

The daily announced new confirmed cases fluctuate significantly and were as low as four in Richmond on Wednesday, six in Islington and Haringey, and eight in Kingston and in Lewisham.

However, there were 11 in Kensington and Chelsea after being zero the day before.

The real number of cases is also significantly higher, partly due to so many people having the virus asymptomatically.

However, Londoners have succeeded in dramatically reducing the level of the disease and public health chiefs are urging them to carry on driving cases even lower.

A small number of MPs are now calling for lockdown to be eased more quickly, or with a tiered rather than national approach.

In the South East, the seven-day rate was down to 60.6 on February 26 after a weekly fall of 26.3 per cent, in the South West to 49.6 down 31 per cent, and in the Eastern region to 75.4 down 23.3 per cent.

The highest rate in England was the East Midlands on 136.5 after a drop of 21.4 per cent, followed by Yorkshire and the Humber on 128 down 16.8 per cent, the North West on 121.1 down 22.3 per cent, and the North East on 110.3 down 26.6 per cent.

The detailed figures for London show that:

* Kingston saw 72 in the week to February 26, down 90 (55.6%) with a seven-day rate of 40.6

* Newham 199 cases, down 160 (44.6%) rate 56.4

* Lambeth 154 cases, down 104 (40.3%) rate 47.2

* Southwark 118 cases, down 79 (40.1%) rate 37


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* Kensington and Chelsea 68 cases, down 38 (35.8%) rate 43.6

* Barking and Dagenham 165 cases, down 89 (35%) rate 77.5

* Merton 147 cases, down 77 (34.4%) rate 71.2

* Bexley 139 cases, down 72 (34.1%) rate 56

* Waltham Forest 152 cases, down 76 (33.3%) rate 54.9

* Hillingdon 281 cases, down 137 (32.8%) rate 91.6

* Croydon 248 cases, down 114 (31.5%) rate 64.1

* Havering 158 cases, down 70 (30.7%) rate 60.9

* Lewisham 115 cases, down 50 (30.3%) rate 37.6

* Hounslow 288 cases, down 122 (29.8%) rate 106.1

* Richmond 97 cases, down 40 (29.2%) rate 49

* Camden 105 cases, down 41 (28.1%) rate 38.9

* Hammersmith and Fulham 138 cases, down 52 (27.4%) rate 74.5

* Redbridge 219 cases, down 79 (26.5%) rate 71.8

* Hackney and City of London 141 cases, down 49 (25.8%) rate 48.5

* Greenwich 148 cases, down 51 (25.6%) rate 51.4

* Enfield 165 cases, down 54 (24.7%) rate 49.4

* Westminster 104 cases, down 34 (24.6%) rate 39.8

* Haringey 142 cases, down 43 (23.2%) rate 52.9

* Brent 284 cases, down 84 (22.8%) rate 86.1

* Bromley 145 cases, down 38 (20.8%) rate 43.6

* Harrow 220 cases, down 54 (19.7%) rate 87.6

* Barnet 275 cases, down 60 (17.9%) rate 69.5

* Ealing 380 cases, down 80 (17.4%) rate 111.2

* Tower Hamlets 147 cases, down 29 (16.5%) rate 45.3

* Sutton 156 cases, down 21 (11.9%) rate 75.6

* Wandsworth 205 cases, down eight (3.8%) rate 62.2

* Islington 95 cases, up two (2.2%) rate 39.2

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