London coronavirus: The London boroughs that look most at risk of going back into lockdown – MyLondon
Despite the optimism at the moment with a number of lockdown measures being lifted this weekend, the coronavirus pandemic is far from over.
In fact over the past two weeks residents have been infected in every London borough, according to NHS England.
And there are even fears that some parts of the city could have to go back into lockdown if the number of cases suddenly spikes.
It has been reported that in Hounslow, Ealing, Brent, Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Westminster the number of cases rose in the week of June 20 to 26, compared to the number of infections from June 13 to 19.
In all those boroughs the rise in cases was thankfully small.
And some local councils have insisted they don’t see there being any danger of a local lockdown having to be enforced, although they have urged residents to be extra careful and follow social distancing rules.
But there will be concerns that any small increase has the potential to quickly become far worse, as happened at the start of the pandemic.
The prospect of local lockdowns has become more stark after the first in the country was brought in for the residents of Leicester who won’t be able to join the rest of the country at the pub on July 4 due to a local surge of new cases.
Non-essential shops in Leicester have shut and schools will be closed to most pupils.
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The London boroughs with the most new cases over the past two weeks are Hounslow and Westminster with 28 each.
Those boroughs are followed by Hammersmith & Fulham (25), Kensington & Chelsea (21) and Ealing (20).
The boroughs where the virus is spreading the slowest are Croydon (1 case), Richmond upon Thames (2), Kingston upon Thames (2), Merton (4) and Hackney (4).
Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has called on the Government to provide more clarity on what powers and resources will be available to manage any local Covid-19 outbreaks.
Mr Khan has written to Health Secretary Matt Hancock asking what additional resources will be made available to regional and local governments to support the management of local outbreaks.
In his letter, sent on Monday (June 29), Mr Khan said that in order to prevent further “loss of life on the scale we have already seen” local areas must be able to respond “quickly and dynamically” to outbreaks to prevent there being a regional or national second wave.
He asked Mr Hancock for clarity on what devolved powers were available to enforce local measures such as asking people to stay home and not meet other people.
The increase in cases over the last two weeks in every borough …
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