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London Covid cases by borough revealed as speed of infection decline slows


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ovid-19 cases are falling across most of London with 18 boroughs seeing a seven-day rate below 40 confirmed new infections per 100,000 people in a week, official figures reveal today.

However, they also show significant variations over the speed of decline which appears to be slowing.

The lowest rate was in Lewisham at 21.6 new cases per 100,000 in the week to March 6, having dipped below 20 a day earlier.

In Kensington and Chelsea the rate was 25, Bromley 25.3, Haringey 26.1, Islington 28.5, Bexley 28.6, and Hackney and the City of London 29.6.

Eleven boroughs had a rate above 30 but below 40; Hammersmith and Fulham, Croydon, Havering, Richmond, Enfield, Lambeth, Greenwich, Tower Hamlets, Southwark, Camden and Westminster.

* London’s seven day rate was 41.3 in the week to March 6, down 28.8 per cent on the previous week, a slower fall than in recent days and compared to 37.3 for the seven days to March 2.

* The biggest fall in weekly cases was in Hammersmith and Fulham down 50.8 per cent, followed by Haringey 47.4 per cent, Brent 41.8 per cent, Bromley 41.7 per cent and Bexley 41.3 per cent.

* Kingston was the only borough to see a rise, of 29 per cent to a rate of 50.1.

* As cases get lower, the figures become more volatile as a small number of new cases can make a big percentage change.

* The highest rates are in a group of boroughs in west London, with Hounslow on 71.1, Ealing 70.5, and Hillingdon 67.5.

The detailed figures for London show that:

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* In Hammersmith and Fulham, there were 65 cases in the week to March 6, down 67 (50.8%) with a seven-day rate of 35.1.



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