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LOndon’s battle against Covid-19 cases appears to have stalled, with nine districts experiencing an increase in weekly infections, official figures reveal Tuesday.

They show there were 24,162 confirmed cases in the capital in the week to August 4, a seven-day rate of 268.4 infections per 100,000 Londoners, down 5.4% from to the previous week.

The weekly drop compares to a drop of 9.3% in the seven days to August 3, 13.7% through August 2 and 36.3% through July 27, suggesting that the drop in case is running out of steam.

Official figures show:

* Kingston saw the largest increase in the number of cases in the week to August 4, up 13.4%, followed by Croydon by 7.3% and Redbridge by 5.4%.
* The largest decline was recorded in Bexley, down 18.9%, Westminster down 18.8% and Richmond down 16%.
* The highest seven-day rate was in Hammersmith and Fulham with 367.8 infections per 100,000 people, followed by Lambeth with 354.2 and Wandsworth 319.
* The lowest rate was at Enfield at 199.9.
* There were 1,077 coronavirus patients in hospitals in the capital on Monday, down from a third wave peak of 1,157 a week earlier, but the figure has remained above 1,000 so far this this month. Just over 200 patients are so sick that they are on ventilators.
* On Saturday, 102 Covid patients were admitted to city hospitals.
* Three more deaths, within 28 days of testing positive for the virus, were announced for the capital on Monday, however, those numbers tend to be lower on a Monday as authorities take the time to confirm the deaths.
Health chiefs believe people gathering to watch Euro 2020 matches in June and July may have fueled the spread of the disease which then declined after schools were closed for the summer vacation, people left the capital for breaks and some people withdrew from the testing system amid the “pingdemic”.
They warned that the third wave could last for several months rather than being a big rise and a similar fall.
However, coronavirus patients admitted to hospital are generally less sick and younger than in previous waves.

Detailed figures for London show:

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