London coronavirus: New map shows which boroughs are at risk of local lockdown – My London



Several boroughs in London are at risk of a local lockdown due to a sharp rise in coronavirus cases, figures show.

Latest data published by Public Health England shows that five boroughs in particular have seen a worrying increase in Covid-19 cases over the past two weeks.

Figures show Redbridge is now at 38.0 cases per 100,000 people, which will be a concern to many in the borough.

It’s at 40.0 cases per 100,000 people that the Government has typically stepped in and enforced stricter measures. Although the threshold is not the only factor used to judge if a local lockdown is necessary, it is one of the core criteria used by the Government to judge if a local lockdown is required to bring cases back under control.

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Four other London boroughs also have case rates which are worryingly close to the 40.0 mark.

Hounslow is now on 34.6, Barking and Dagenham on 31.5, Havering on 30.1 and Enfield 30.0.

In the seven days up to Saturday, September 12, cases rose by 90 or more in six boroughs; Ealing, Enfield, Hounslow, Newham, Redbridge and Tower Hamlets.

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It was reported at the weekend that residents in Redbridge struggled to book coronavirus tests, which led the leader of Redbridge Council, Councillor Jas Athwal, to ask the Government for additional testing centres.

He said: “We know that Covid-19 cases are increasing across the capital. In Redbridge, we currently have the highest number infection rates in London.

“If we’re to stand a chance of beating this virus, people in Redbridge and the rest of the country, for that matter, must have quick and easy access to testing facilities. We currently have one permanent site and a regular mobile testing unit in Redbridge, but that isn’t enough.”

Take a look at the map below to see the worst infected areas of our city. Hold your cursor over the borough to get more detailed information.

While cases continue to increase in London, it’s important to note that the rates in the capital are far from the highest in the country.

Bolton has a rate of 196.1 per 100,000 people, with 564 new cases of coronavirus in the seven days up to September 12.

Oadby and Wigston has a rate of 133.3, Preston a rate of 120.9 and Oldham a rate of 118.1.

Last week, Havering Council warned the borough could be placed into lockdown as early as October if cases continue to increase.

Havering Council’s director of public health, Mark Ansell, said: “This is now urgent. New Covid-19 cases in Havering are going up and will continue to do so if we don’t take action now.

“If we cannot bring down those numbers, vulnerable people will be at risk of serious illness and death and more severe restrictions will be necessary, including the prospect of ‘lockdowns’, perhaps as soon as October.

“This is serious, this is real and it is happening now. Nobody wants to see further restrictions on life in Havering and we are doing absolutely everything within our power to avoid that happening.”

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Cases per 100,000 people in every London borough

*Data for seven days up to September 12.

Barking and Dagenham – 31.5 (+67 cases)

Barnet – 20.7 (+82 cases)

Bexley – 12.9 (+32 cases)

Brent – 24.0 (+79 cases)

Bromley – 12.3 (+41 cases)

Camden – 20.7 (+56 cases)

Croydon – 14.7 (+57 cases)

Ealing – 28.4 (+97 cases)

Enfield – 30.0 (+100 cases)

Greenwich – 17.0 (+49 cases)

Hackney and City of London – 26.1 (+76 cases)

Hammersmith and Fulham – 25.9 (+48 cases)

Haringey – 25.7 (+69 cases)

Harrow – 26.3 (+66 cases)

Havering – 30.1 (+78 cases)

Hillingdon – 19.2 (+59 cases)

Hounslow – 34.6 (+94 cases)

Islington – 18.1 (+44 cases)

Kensington and Chelsea – 27.5 (+43 cases)

Kingston upon Thames – 16.3 (+29 cases)

Lambeth – 23.0 (+75 cases)

Lewisham – 16.3 (+50 cases)

Merton – 15.0 (+31 cases)

Newham – 29.5 (+104 cases)

Redbridge – 38.0 (+116 cases)

Richmond upon Thames – 20.7 (+41 cases)

Southwark – 20.4 (+65 cases)

Sutton – 9.7 (+20 cases)

Tower Hamlets – 29.6 (+96 cases)

Waltham Forest – 21.7 (+60 cases)

Wandsworth – 26.1 (+86 cases)

Westminster – 15.7 (+41 cases)

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