London coronavirus cases by borough revealed as Covid infections plummet across capital


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ovid-19 cases have plummeted so fast in London that just 13 new confirmed infections were announced for Westminster on Monday – but the city centre’s economy faces several more months of being blighted by “work from home” advice.

The seven-day rate in Westminster dropped to 54.3 confirmed cases per 100,000 in the week to February 17, down from a peak of 619.2 on January 4.

In Islington, there were also just 13 confirmed cases announced on Monday and its rate was even lower on February 17 at 45.4.

Tower Hamlets saw 22 new cases on Monday and the rate falling to 54.8, and Hackney and the City of London 15 new cases with the rate down to 67.4.

Ten London boroughs already have a seven-day rate below 70, according to the figures published on Monday though the real number of infections is significantly higher than the confirmed cases, partly because of the number of people who have the disease asymptomatically.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock this morning defended the “national approach” of easing lockdown.

This policy, though, means that Covid cases could fall to extremely low levels in central London before the work from home advice is ditched which the Government will consider as part of a review due to report ahead of June 21, the Stage 4 date when nearly all restrictions could be lifted.

In London alone, thousands of firms are struggling to survive and tens of thousands of jobs are at risk because of the “hollowing out” of the city centre with so few people commuting in to work.

The lifting of “work from home” advice is linked to a review of social distancing restrictions due to report before June 21.

“The review will…inform guidance on working from home – people should continue to work from home where they can until this review is complete,” states the Government plan.

The current lockdown rules say: “You may only leave your home for work if you cannot reasonably work from home, to help reduce the spread of the virus and protect others.”

There are signs that the decline in the disease may be slowing in London, with the seven-day rate down to 90.6 new cases per 100,000 in the week to February 17, after a fall of 34.9 per cent, still a major reduction but down from weekly drops of over 42 per cent in recent days.

The highest rate was in Hounslow on 152.5.

The seven-day rate for Londoners aged 60 and over is down to 82.2, and for the younger age group to 92.3.

The capital’s hospitals are still under huge pressure, with 2,734 coronavirus patients, as of Sunday, down from a second wave peak of 7,917 on January 18, with 667 so ill that they are on ventilators.

A further 848 confirmed Covid cases were announced for the city on Monday.

The East Midlands has the highest rate on 180 down ten per cent, West Midlands 164.9 down 20.6 per cent, the North West 164.1 down 17 per cent, the North East 157.1 down 12.8 per cent, and Yorkshire and the Humber 151.3 down 8.9 per cent.

The detailed figures show that in:

* Islington there were 110 cases in the week to February 17, down 103 (48.4%) with a seven-day rate of 45.4

* Richmond 130 cases, down 118 (47.6%) rate 65.7

* Greenwich 199 cases, down 180 (47.5%) rate 69.1

* Bromley 204 cases, down 171 (45.6%) rate 61.4

* Lewisham 188 cases, down 151 (44.5%) rate 61.5

* Lambeth 272 cases, down 207 (43.2%) rate 83.4

* Westminster 142 cases, down 104 (42.3%) rate 54.3

* Havering 236 cases, down 170 (41.9%) rate 90.9

* Enfield 240 cases, down 172 (41.7%) rate 71.9

* Hammersmith and Fulham 181 cases, down 126 (41%) rate 97.8

* Brent 383 cases, down 258 (40.2%) rate 116.1

* Tower Hamlets 178 cases, down 114 (39%) rate 54.8

* Newham saw 367 cases, down 221 (37.6%) rate 103.9

*  Southwark 207 cases, down 119 (36.5%) rate 64.9

* Croydon 360 cases, down 206 (36.4%) rate 93.1

* Ealing 511 cases, down 273 (34.8%) rate 149.5

* Harrow 281 cases, down 149 (34.7%) rate 111.9

* Wandsworth 272 cases, down 135 (33.2%) rate 82.5

* Merton 241 cases, down 119 (33.1%) rate 116.7

* Hillingdon 444 cases, down 196 (30.6%) rate 144.7

* Barnet 358 cases, down 157 (30.5%) rate 90.4

* Sutton 197 cases, down 86 (30.4%) rate 95.5

* Hounslow 414 cases, down 181 (30.4%) rate 152.5

* Haringey 215 cases, down 87 (28.8%) rate 80

* Kingston 187 cases, down 70 (27.2%) rate 105.3

* Waltham Forest 267 cases, down 93 (25.8%) rate 96.4

* Barking and Dagenham 285 cases, down 97 (25.4%) rate 133.9

* Hackney and City of London 196 cases, down 65 (24.9%) rate 67.4

* Redbridge 332 cases, down 98 (22.8%) rate 108.8

* Bexley 229 cases, down 64 (21.8%) rate 92.2

* Kensington and Chelsea 134 cases, down 32 (19.3%) rate 85.8

* Camden 163 cases, down 35 (17.7%) rate 60.4



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