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London coronavirus cases by borough revealed as weekly infections halve in some areas


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ovid-19 cases are tumbling across London with some boroughs seeing them halving in a week, official figures reveal today.

The seven-day rate of infections is also falling in the capital faster than any other region, down by a startling 42.1 per cent in a week.

Southwark saw the biggest fall in confirmed cases, down 52.6 per cent in the week to February 11, with a seven-day rate of 85.6 new infections per 100,000.

Richmond had a drop of 51.7 per cent to a rate of 99.5 and Sutton 50.5 per cent to 127.9.

The scale of the decline of the disease across the city was laid bare by the latest figures which showed:

– The seven-day rate falling to 126.8 per 100,000 Londoners, compared to a second wave peak of 1,118.8 on January 4.

– Seven central London boroughs areas now having a rate below 100; Camden the lowest on 74.1, Westminster 83, Hackney and City of London 85.6, Southwark 85.6, Tower Hamlets 85.9, Islington 88.7, and Kensington and Chelsea 98, with  Richmond also below 100 on 99.5.

– Twenty-one boroughs saw cases drop by at least 40 per cent in a week, with 30 by at least a third.

– The smallest decline was in Hammersmith and Fulham and even there confirmed cases were down 32.5 per cent.

– Only one borough has a rate above 200, Ealing on 215.

– A further 1,084 confirmed cases were announced for the capital on Tuesday, far lower than the five-figure totals in January, though the real number of cases is significantly higher, partly because so many people have the disease asymptomatically.

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A spokesman for Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “The drop in cases in London is testament to the heroic efforts Londoners have made staying at home and continuing to follow the rules. However, the Mayor believes it is vital we all keep up these efforts, and continue to act with real caution.

“The vast majority of over 50s and 60s have still not been vaccinated, and case numbers in London remain higher than when restrictions were lifted last summer. We simply can’t afford to repeat the mistakes of previous lockdowns by lifting restrictions too soon, seeing cases rise again, and having to move into yet another period of lockdown.

“That would be the worst outcome for Londoners’ health, but also our economic recovery.”

There were 3,603 Covid patients in London’s hospitals as of Monday, down from a second wave peak of of 7,917 on January 18, with 834 so ill that they are on ventilators.

The seven-day coronavirus rate fell by 42.1 per cent in the capital in the week to February 11, compared to the previous week, to 126.8 infections per 100,000, with only two regions lower.

The South West was down to a rate of 99.8 after a drop of 28.8 per cent and the South East 108.3 following a decline of 38.8 per cent.

The highest rate was in the West Midlands on 195.5 after a fall of 28.2 per cent, followed by the East Midlands down 22.9 per cent to a rate of 192.5, the North West down 24.7 per cent to a rate of 187.8, the North East down 21.1 per cent to a rate of 173.3, Yorkshire and the Humber down 12.7 per cent to a rate of 159.2 and the Eastern region down 36.5 per cent to a rate of 131.

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The full figures for London show that in Southwark there were 273 cases in the week to February 11, down 303 (52.6%) with a seven-day rate of 85.6, Richmond 197 cases, down 211 (51.7%) rate 99.5, Sutton 264 cases, down 269 (50.5%) rate 127.9, Barnet 473 cases, down 425 (47.3%) rate 119.5, Greenwich 321 cases, down 287 (47.2%) rate 111.5, Redbridge 389 cases, down 322 (45.3%) rate 127.4, Croydon 484 cases, down 397 (45.1%) rate 125.2, Hounslow 540 cases, down 444 (45.1%) rate 198.9, Hackney and City of London 249 cases, down 202 (44.8%) rate 85.6, Newham 529 cases, down 419 (44.2%) rate 149.8, Lewisham 307 cases, down 243 (44.2%) rate 100.4, Lambeth 414 cases, down 312 (43%) rate 127, Hillingdon 574 cases, down 419 (42.2%) rate 187, and Westminster 217 cases, down 157 (42%)  rate 83.

Tower Hamlets saw 279 cases, down 196 (41.3%) rate 85.9, Haringey 287 cases, down 202 (41.3%) rate 106.8, Harrow 388 cases, down 270 (41%) rate 154.5, Enfield 392 cases, down 267 (40.5%) rate 117.4, Brent 591 cases, down 401 (40.4%) rate 179.2, Wandsworth 381 cases, down 257 (40.3%) rate 115.6, Waltham Forest 333 cases, down 225 (40.3%) rate 120.2, Bromley 335 cases, down 220 (39.6%) rate 100.8, Kensington and Chelsea 153 cases, down 100 (39.5%) rate 98, Ealing 735 cases, down 475 (39.3%) rate 215, Bexley 276 cases, down 176 (38.9%) rate 111.2, Kingston 223 cases, down  138 (38.2%) rate 125.6, Camden 200 cases, down 119 (37.3%) rate 74.1, Merton 341 cases, down 192 (36%) rate 165.1, Barking and Dagenham 359 cases, down 199 (35.7%) rate 168.6, Islington 215 cases, down 112 (34.3%) rate 88.7,Havering 356 cases, down 172 (32.6%) rate 137.2, and Hammersmith and Fulham 291 cases, down 140 (32.5%) rate 157.2.

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