‘Greater London lockdown’ fears as cases triple and double in some boroughs – My London
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Hounslow has more than doubled compared with the week before.
The latest weekly figures available for London’s boroughs show that a total of 552 cases were recorded in total across London in the seven days leading up to August 3.
By comparison the week ending July 27, saw 534 cases, meaning the number of infections is increasing in general in the capital by around 3.4 per cent.
But with the capital’s huge population and geographical scale, the more accurate picture is when we look at how the number of cases has changed in each borough.
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Of the total 32 boroughs in London, around 15 actually saw the number of coronavirus cases decrease.
The most dramatic fall was in Bexley which saw cases drop from 19 in one week to four in the other, a decrease of around 79 per cent.
In Brent, one of the worst affected boroughs in the capital, the number of new cases also fell from 36 to 15, a decrease of around 58.3 per cent. Cases also more than halved in Sutton from 16 to seven.
Cases tripled in Merton, from a total of four cases in the week ending July 27 to 12 in the week ending August 3, resulting in the rate of infection changing from 1.9 per 100,000 residents to 5.8.
In Enfield cases almost tripled from seven to 20 and more than doubled in Hounslow from 17 to 36. They also doubled in Lambeth from 19 to 38.
Businesses, residents and local authorities will be watching the number of confirmed cases as there are fears London may experience its second lockdown.
After a series of lockdowns in areas further north like Leicester, Greater Manchester and Blackburn and the latest lockdown coming into force at midnight on Friday (August 7) in Preston.
Earlier this week, Boris Johnson’s spokesperson confirmed that an outbreak in any area of Greater London could result in a wider lockdown being enforced across the city.
Plans for dealing with a rise in cases of the virus in London may include using the M25 motorway as a “quarantine ring”, effectively sealing off the city and putting London back into lockdown.
Below is a table showing the number of cases in each London borough over the last two weeks and the percentage increase.
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