Lambeth and Wandsworth see Covid rates back above 100 per 100,000 as cases in England climb to highest level since March 2


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wo boroughs of London have Covid-19 rates back above 100 per 100,000 people as England‘s rate of new cases climbs to its highest level for more than three months, new analysis shows.

A clear rise in case rates and hospital numbers, driven by the spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19 that originated in India, are likely to have persuaded ministers of the merits of postponing the last stage of the road map out of lockdown.

A total of 37,729 new cases of coronavirus were recorded in England in the seven days to June 9, according to Public Health England.

This is the equivalent of 67.0 cases per 100,000 people: the highest level since March 2, when the rate stood at 69.6.

It is still well below the peak of the second wave of the virus, when the figure rose as high as 680.6.

But rates are now showing a clear upwards trend, suggesting the third wave of the virus is under way.

Some 35 of the 315 local authority areas in England – 11% – are currently recording rates above the symbolic threshold of 100 cases per 100,000 people, according to analysis by the PA news agency.

This is also the highest number since early March.

The majority of these areas are in north-west England, with the highest rates concentrated in parts of Lancashire and Greater Manchester.

A growing number are located in other parts of the country, however.



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