The London borough that’s become one of the country’s Covid hotspots – My London
An East London borough has become one of the country’s Covid hotspots, with one of the 30 worst infection rates in England.
It been recording the highest infection rate in the capital for some time, but it is only in the most recent seven days of data that it has become one of areas with the worst infection rates in the country.
Havering was the first London borough to surpass 300 cases per 100,000 people (at 317.9) just one week ago (November 17).
And latest data as of Tuesday (November 24) revealed the infection rate in Havering has now surged to 387.2 cases per 100,000 people, the 21st worst infection rate in the country.
1,005 Covid-19 cases were also recorded in the borough in the seven days up to Wednesday (November 18). That is more than a 25 per cent increase on the amount recorded in the seven days prior.
How bad is the situation looking in East London?
Havering’s infection rate is still much lower than in other areas of the country. Kingston upon Hull recorded a rate of 615.9 per 100,000 people, the worst in England by far.
But Havering is still one of just 48 local authorities recording an infection rate over 300, and its case rate is still far above the UK average.
Neighbouring boroughs in East London recorded varying Covid-19 infection rates.
Redbridge’s case rate is also above the UK average. The borough recorded a rate of over 300 cases per 100,000 (301.4) in the most recent data, and 920 cases (a 21.1% increase from the seven days before).
While Barking and Dagenham has a rolling rate of 253.2 (again, above UK average), it recorded 539 Covid-19 cases – 0.4% less than the seven days prior.
Not a huge positive, but one nonetheless.
What about the rest of London?
Redbridge has the second highest infection rate (301.4) in London and is the only other borough in the capital that recorded an infection rate above 300 cases per 100,000 people.
Bexley (263.9), Tower Hamlets (246.3), Ealing (239.9) and Enfield (231.3) follow behind as the London boroughs with the worst rates.
A cluster of South London boroughs also reported a greater increase in cases according to the latest statistics. Merton reported 30.9% more cases in the most recent seven days of data compared to the last, as did Bromley (26.6%) and Croydon (16.5% more). For now, the infection rates in the areas remain below 200 cases per 100,000 people.
Camden recorded the lowest infection rate in the capital (113.3 cases per 100,000). 306 cases were confirmed in the borough, down by 9.5% from the seven days prior.
Other boroughs with the lowest infection rates in London include Richmond upon Thames (113.6), Lewisham (121.6) and Westminster (136.2). Richmond and Westminster recorded less cases in the most recent data, but Lewisham saw an increase.
You can find the latest infection rate in every London borough here.
The 30 areas in England with the worst infection rates
These figures show the areas with the worst infection rates in England in the seven days to Wednesday (November 18), followed by the number of cases and infection rate recorded in each area within those seven days.
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