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Infection rate drops below 20 per 100,000 people in London borough

Despite some positive news, there are signs that the attempt to reduce cases  in some areas is slowing and possibly even running into difficulties.

Covid cases have decreased in London with one borough now seeing a seven-day rate below 20 confirmed new infections per 100,000 people a week, official statistics show today. More than half the London boroughs have a rate below 40.

London Covid cases declining

Despite some positive news, there are signs that the attempt to reduce cases in some areas is slowing and possibly even running into difficulties.

In Lewisham, the seven-day rate crashed to 19.9 confirmed new cases per 100,000 people in the week to March 5. Bromley saw a rate of 25.6, Kensington and Chelsea 26.3, Haringey 27.5, Bexley 28.6 and Islington 28.9. Another 11 boroughs had a rate above 30 and below 40; Hammersmith and Fulham, Croydon, Havering, Enfield, Hackney and the City of London, Richmond, Lambeth, Tower Hamlets, Camden, Southwark and Westminster.

However, the seven-day rate remains significantly higher in certain west London boroughs. Ealing’s rate was 72.6, Hounslow 70.7 and Hillingdon 69.4. London’s rate has fell to 42.3 in the week to March 5, down 30.9 per cent compared to the previous seven days. Eighteen boroughs saw cases drop by at least a third in a week.

Kingston was the only borough to see cases rise, an increase of only seven in the week to March 5, compared to the previous seven days. Its seven-day rate was 44.5. There were 1,481 Covid patients in London’s hospitals, as of Tuesday, with 358 of those on ventilators. Fifty-eight Covid patients were admitted to wards on Sunday.

Twelve more Covid related deaths, were announced for London yesterday, taking the total so far for the capital to 15,299.

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