Each London borough now has at least 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants


Business continues to increase in the capital despite level 2 restrictions (Photo: AFP)

The rate of coronavirus infection has exceeded 100 cases per 100,000 residents in every part of the capital.

Three arrondissements had a rate over 200 the week before October 23. Ealing, west of London, has the highest rate, at 220.3 (754 cases), up from 153.9 (526) the week before, official figures show.

The 100 per 100,000 threshold was the threshold used to decide whether to move London to level two coronavirus restrictions on October 17.

Hammersmith and Fulham, in west London, is the second worst affected borough, with a rate of 212.3 (393 cases), up from 146.4 (271 cases) the previous week.

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It is followed by Kingston, southwest of London, with a rate of 203.9 (362 cases), up from 122.8 (218) the previous seven days.

Previously, the city’s infection hotspots were to the east, suggesting there has been a change in recent weeks.

Ealing is now the most affected area in the capital with an infection rate of 220.3 per 100,000 (Photo: PA)

However, the eastern borough of Redbridge is still the fourth most infected with a rate of 187.1 (571 cases).

It was followed by Hounslow, West London, with a rate of 187.1 (571 cases), then Hackney at 176.4 (513 cases), Hillingdon at 169.5 (520 cases), Tower Hamlets at 166.9 (542 cases) and Richmond at 156 (309 cases). case).

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called on the government to lift the 10pm curfew in pubs and restaurants to help the hospitality industry cope with the current lockdown rules.

Second-tier restrictions currently prohibit people from socializing indoors with members of other households, unless they are part of a support bubble. The nationwide “rule of six” still applies to outdoor gatherings.

With more than 13,000 weekly infections in the capital, some are asking if it will be moved into the most severe level three lockdown restrictions.

However, cases are still lower than places like Knowsley, Merseyside, which had a case rate of 662.2 per 100,000 people when placed below the third tier.

Nottingham will move to level 3 tomorrow, but its rate has risen from 726.6 in the seven days to October 15 to 464.4 in the week to October 22, with 1,546 new cases.

Although it has the highest rate in the country, it was not moved to level three along with Manchester and South Yorkshire because its hospital capacity was not as strained and young people made up the bulk of the infections.

However, level three region leaders said they had not been made aware of the logic Downing Street was using to improve their areas.

Warrington Council Chief Russ Bowden told Radio 4’s Today show: “There are no clear rules about what level you are doing and how you move between the different layers at several levels. ”

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