A new London borough has suddenly become the city’s Covid hotspot

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A new borough of London sees the highest levels of coronavirus spread through its population. Havering in east London saw the infection rate drop from 164.9 to 207.7 per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

In terms of the number of infections, this represents an increase from 428 cases confirmed in the seven days to October 24 to 539 cases in the seven days to October 31.

Havering has become the borough with the highest rates in London shows how quickly the spread of infection can evolve in the capital and how quickly cases in a borough can increase.

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At the same time, it is also possible for the boroughs to reduce their infection rates extremely effectively. Tower Hamlets only recently experienced the highest levels in London, but has now fallen to sixth.

And Richmond upon Thames was once the place with the highest levels of coronavirus, over an extended period, but now sits firmly on the lower end of infections.

In the latest available information gathered by PA Media, Redbridge has the second highest level and Ealing the third highest.

Lewisham still has the lowest infection rate followed by Bromley and Camden.

The latest figures are for the seven days leading up to Oct. 31 and are based on testing done in laboratories (pillar 1 of the government’s testing program) and in the wider community (pillar 2).

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Data for the last four days (November 1-4) have been excluded as they are incomplete and do not reflect the actual number of cases.

Here is the full list. From left to right, we read: the name of the local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to October 31; number (in brackets) of new cases registered in the seven days prior to October 31; rate of new cases in the seven days to October 24; number (in brackets) of new cases registered in the seven days prior to October 24.

Havering 207,7 (539), 164,9 (428)

Redbridge 194,0 (592), 190,4 (581)

Ealing 186,4 (637), 230,2 (787)

Hammersmith et Fulham 185,8 (344), 220,4 (408)

Hillingdon 181,5 (557), 177,9 (546)

Hounslow 174,6 (474), 191,9 (521)

Tower hamlets 172.1 (559), 176.1 (572)

Newham 165,4 (584), 161,4 (570)

Waltham Forest 162,1 (449), 153,4 (425)

Westminster 157,7 (412), 151,5 (396)

Barking et Dagenham 153,6 (327), 157,3 (335)

Hackney and City of London 151.3 (440), 188.4 (548)

Lambeth 151,2 (493), 146,3 (477)

Kingston upon Thames 147,6 (262), 209,0 (371)

Herse 147,3 (370), 150,1 (377)

Merton 143,3 (296), 141,9 (293)

Bexley 143,0 (355), 133,7 (332)

Richmond on the Thames 141.4 (280), 164.6 (326)

Enfield 140,8 (470), 160,9 (537)

Haringey 132,9 (357), 167,5 (450)

Barnet 127,3 (504), 151,1 (598)

Islington 125,8 (305), 146,4 (355)

Havant 123,6 (156), 83,2 (105)

Brent 123,4 (407), 128,0 (422)

Greenwich 119,5 (344), 112,5 (324)

Kensington et Chelsea 119.1 (186), 158.2 (247)



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Croydon 118,2 (457), 116,4 (450)

Southwark 112,9 (360), 144,9 (462)

Sutton 109,0 (225), 126,0 (260)

Camden 102,6 (277), 127,8 (345)

Bromley 97,2 (323), 126,4 (420)

Lewisham 95,5 (292), 105,0 (321)

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