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Five London boroughs where Covid cases have risen by over 500% in a month


New data has revealed that coronavirus cases have risen by as much as 500 per cent in several London boroughs over the last month.

According to NHS figures, five boroughs – Bexley, Havering, Barking, Redbridge, and Barnet – have seen at least five times more positive tests during the first seven days of July than they did during the first week of June.

In Bexley, which has seen a six-fold increase in cases, an average of 10 people a day tested positive for COVID-19 between June 1 and June 7.

A month later, on July 5, the borough reported over 100 new positive tests.

Boroughs which have seen the biggest increase in cases

My London compared the daily number of positive cases across all 33 London boroughs in the first seven days of June and the first seven days of July and found the following:

  • Every London borough has seen the average number of daily positive cases rise by at least 200 per cent between the first seven days of June and the first seven days of July
  • Daily cases in Bexley in the first week of July are over 6x higher than they were a month ago
  • Lambeth has the highest number of weekly cases overall, with 934 cases and a daily average of 135 in the first seven days of July
  • 12 London boroughs have seen the rate of daily positive tests rise by over 400 per cent
  • The highest daily average for positive cases in the first week of June was 48, now five London boroughs are seeing, on average, over 100 positive cases a day
  • Other boroughs with shocking increases include Havering (550 per cent), Barking (548 per cent), Redbridge (507 per cent), and Barnet (505 per cent)
  • The highest increase for an inner London borough was seen in Lewisham, where the rate of positive tests has risen by 455 per cent in the last month

Boroughs with the highest number of Covid cases over the last seven days

The statistics reveal a dramatic rise in the number of Londoners testing positive for COVID-19 as the new Delta variant sweeps across London.

It comes amid fears of a fourth wave of Covid, despite the upcoming Freedom Day (July 19), which will see face-coverings and social distancing become advisory rather than mandatory.

In Lambeth, the borough with the highest number of cases, the council has rolled out more walk-in clinics where residents can get vaccinated.

Compared: Total number of cases in first week of June vs first week of July

The Delta variant has become the dominant strain in the borough and the council says young people make up the majority of positive tests, with a high concentration of cases in areas such as Kennington West, Vauxhall, Stockwell South, Brixton North and Streatham.

Cllr Jim Dickson, joint Cabinet Member for Health & Social Care, described the rise in cases as “concerning” and said he hoped a combination of regular testing while maintaining the use of masks and social distancing would drive down the number of positive tests.

“We know that the only way to reverse the rising number of cases is for everyone to get vaccinated when offered,” he added.

“It is important that we all pull together and continue to play our part to save lives and reduce the strain on our NHS.”

Do you live in a borough that has seen a stark rise in COVID-19 cases? How has it affected you? Email [email protected]


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