London coronavirus cases drop in 18 boroughs amid call for capital to avoid Level 3

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TThe rate of Covid-19 is down in London, with 18 districts recording a drop in cases, official figures reveal today.

Infection rates are also heading towards Tier 1-like levels in a part of central London that is so economically crucial for Britain.

The second wave of the outbreak appears increasingly likely to have peaked in the capital around 11 days ago, case data suggest.

Ministers are due to announce tomorrow which regions of the country will enter the different levels.

The latest figures show that the seven-day rate of new cases per 100,000 in the capital fell to 187.4 on November 19, the fifth day of decline since a possible second wave peak on November 14, 199.4.

In Westminster, cases are down 19 percent from the previous week to a rate of 127; in Southwark, 10 percent at a rate of 109.8; Camden 23.2 percent to 104.1, and Kensington & Chelsea, 11.7 percent to 130.7. A rate of 100 was one of the trigger points to move zones from level 1 to level 2.

The latest figures showed Wandsworth a total of 445 new cases in the week to November 19, down 159 (26.3%) from the previous week, and a seven-day rate per 100,000 out of 135; in Camden 281 cases, down from 85 (23.2%) with a rate of 104.1; Islington 337, down 88 (-20.7%) with a rate of 139; Westminster 332, down 78 (19%) with a rate of 127; Richmond 220, down 40 (15.4%) with a rate of 111.1; Waltham Forest 537 down 97 (15.3%) with a rate of 193.9; Sutton 320, down 48 (13%) with a rate of 155.1; Barnet 665, down 92 (12.2%) with a rate of 168, and Lambeth 464, down 67 (12.6%) with a rate of 142.3.

Kensington and Chelsea recorded 204 cases, down from 27 (11.7 percent) with a rate of 130.7; Kingston 298, down 37 (11%) with a rate of 167.9; Southwark 350, down 39 (10%) with a rate of 109.8; Ealing 772, down 85 (9.9%) with a rate of 225.9; Hillingdon 640, down 69 (9.7 percent) with a rate of 208.6; Tower Hamlets 785, down 61 (7.2%) with a rate of 241.7; Hammersmith and Fulham 339, down 24 (6.6%), with a rate of 183.1; Bexley 637, down 39 (5.8%) with a rate of 256.6, and Haringey 377, down 18 (4.6%) with a rate of 140.3.

Brent saw no change in 688 cases and a rate of 208.6.

But 13 arrondissements are still experiencing increases, although much smaller than before.

The boroughs that saw cases increase in the week to November 19, compared to the previous seven days, were Merton which had 403 cases, up 86 (27.1 percent) and a rate of 195.1; Havering 1006, up 173 (20.8%) and a rate of 387.6; Greenwich 570, up 94 (19.7%) and a rate of 198; Bromley 547, up 77 (16.4%) and a rate of 164.6; Redbridge 924, up 123 (15.4%) and a rate of 302.7, and Enfield 739, up 95 (14.8%) and a rate of 221.4.

Newham saw 804 cases, up from 95 (13.4 percent) and a rate of 227.7; Croydon 644, up 70 (12.2%) and a rate of 166.5; Hounslow 566, up 44 (8.4%) and a rate of 208.5; Hackney and City of London 500, up 30 (6.4%) and a rate of 171.9; Barking and Dagenham 556, up 31 (5.9 percent) and a rate of 261.1; Lewisham 378, up 15 (4.1%) and a rate of 123.6, and Harrow 471, up two (0.4%) and a rate of 187.5.

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