London Covid: London borough becomes first to pass 300 Covid cases per 100,000 people


An East London borough has become the first in the capital to pass 300 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people, latest figures reveal.

Data updated on Tuesday (November 17) shows that Havering has reached the grim milestone, and currently has the highest Covid-19 infection rate in the capital.

The rate of new Covid-19 cases in the borough is 317.9 cases per 100,000 people, up from the previous week’s figure of 269.3.

825 cases were recorded in the latest week of data, up from 699 in the seven days prior.

The borough is home to areas such as Romford, Hornchurch, Upminster and Rainham.

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What factors are contributing to Havering’s coronavirus numbers?

Speaking to MyLondon, Havering Council put the rise in Covid-19 cases in the borough down to a number of factors, including a few businesses flouting lockdown rules and an increase in local testing capacity.

Mark Ansell, Havering Council’s director of public health, said: “There’s still a small minority of people and businesses flouting the rules, so we’re strengthening our enforcement action against them. We’re also improving access to testing, contact tracing arrangements and providing financial support to eligible residents during isolation.”

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Havering has the highest proportion of elderly people out of all London boroughs

Councillor Damian White, leader of Havering Council agreed it was “very worrying” to see the high rates of infection in Havering, despite a targeted public health communications campaign and an increase in local testing capacity.

While he said cases are increasing across the entire borough and all age groups, he added that: “Most recently we have begun to see the number of older people testing positive for coronavirus in Havering rising sharply. As the borough with the eldest population in London – this is particularly concerning.”

What are cases like elsewhere in London?

Coronavirus rates are rising in every area of the capital other than one.

Westminster is the only borough where rates have fallen slightly from 164.6 cases per 100,000 people to 155.4.

Everywhere else has seen a week-on-week rise.

The size of the increase varies across the capital.

In Haringey, for example, the rate has risen only a little, from 142.6 to 145.5. But in Bexley, it has jumped from 194.5 to 269.4.

Havering of course has the highest rate in London (317.9, up from 269.3) while Lewisham has the lowest (117.7, up from 95.8).

Where are the highest rates in England?

While the Covid-19 rate in Havering is certainly a cause for concern, it is still nowhere near as high as in some other areas of England.

The highest rates of new cases of Covid-19 in the country are currently in the Yorkshire and the Humber region.

Hull is top of the list, with 776.4 cases per 100,000 people – up from the previous week’s figure of 686.0. More than half of the schools in the area have been forced to partly close because of Covid outbreaks, and council bosses in Hull are urging the Prime Minister to allow more local restrictions to be put in place.

While 13 of Yorkshire and the Humber’s 21 local areas have seen a week-on-week increase in rates, eight have seen a drop, which is more than can be said for boroughs in London.

And what about the rest of the country?

Rates are rising across the majority of England’s regions.

They are up in 25 out of 30 areas in the West Midlands, 24 out of 40 in the East Midlands, and in the vast majority of areas in the South East and South West.

Rates are rising in all of the 12 local areas in North East England.

The lowest Covid-19 case rate of any area in the country is North Norfolk in Eastern England, where the rate is currently 51.5 per 100,000 people. But almost every area in Eastern England (41 out of 45) has seen a week-on-week rise.

But by contrast, the North West, where Covid-19 rates were notoriously bad in the weeks leading up to the second lockdown, is the only region where the majority of areas are currently showing a drop in case rates.

This includes Oldham, which has the highest rate in the North West, and is one of 30 out of 39 areas which have recorded a fall in rates in the reigion.

Find out more about Covid-19 in London here.

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