London Covid: The epicentres around the capital that are some of the most infected in the country – My London



Nine local authorities in the counties surrounding London are in the top 25 worst affected areas in the country for infection rates of coronavirus.

Essex is a particular hotspot for transmission of the virus this week, with two of its local authorities, Harlow and Thurrock, falling within the top 10 worst hit areas in the country. 

Harlow is the fifth worst-hit area in the country, with 1,175 new confirmed cases in the week leading up to January 8, and an average infection rate of 1,349.5 people per 100,000.

Thurrock is the sixth worst-hit area, with 2,314 new confirmed cases in the week leading up to January 8, and an average infection rate of 1,327.3 people per 100,000.

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The London Borough of Newham now has the highest infection levels of anywhere in the UK, with 5,185 new cases in the week leading up to January 8, and an average infection rate of 1,468.3 people per 100,000.

Other areas surrounding London which are all currently in the 25 worst-hit places in the country, are Rushmoor, Broxbourne, Gravesham, Castle Point, Epping Forest, Slough, and Crawley.

These areas all had between 1,100 and 1,300 new cases of coronavirus recorded in the week leading up to January 8.

Four of these areas show an increase in infection rate since the previous week, in spite of strict lockdown measures – Harlow, Rushmoor, Slough and Crawley all continued to see more people infected with the virus in the week leading up to January 8, compared to the week leading up to January 1.

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However, infection rates in some of the areas have fallen since the week before, suggesting the strict lockdown restrictions are starting to have a positive impact in some areas – Thurrock, Broxbourne, Gravesham, Castle Point and Epping Forest all saw a decrease in infection rates.

London continues to be the worst-hit city in the UK, with 10 out its 32 Boroughs falling into the top 25 places with the highest infection rates.

The figures come as Health Secretary Matt Hancock recently refused to rule out an even tighter lockdown, in order to protect an already dangerously overstretched NHS.

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