Covid is spiking in these South London boroughs as fast as it was in East London

Covid-19 case rates continue to rise across London, with significant spikes in a number of South London boroughs.

The latest data released on Wednesday, December 16 showed case rates in several South London boroughs have jumped significantly in the last week, mirroring worrying rises and case rates already experienced in areas of East London.

Havering in the East has been a London Covid hotspot for some time now, and currently has the fourth highest case rate in the country. Now, six South London boroughs are showing similarly worrying spikes.

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Bexley, Bromley, Merton, Sutton, Greenwich and Croydon are seeing significant rises in Covid-19 case rates.

Bromley (346.9), Merton (334.5), Sutton (314.5) and Croydon (305.1) all recorded a rate of less than 200 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to December 5, which jumped to over 300 in all four boroughs in the seven days to December 12.

Greenwich’s rate jumped from 202.1 to 308.4, causing concern amongst councillors and teachers, but the decision to close schools in the borough was threatened with legal action from the Government.

Bexley is experiencing the highest rate out of these boroughs , which jumped from 261.8 to 445.5 in the most recent data. It also has the 23rd worst rate in the country.

Havering has been one of the worst affected areas in London and England for some time
(Image: Tim Clarke)

If we look at the rates across the capital, we can see how East London boroughs were experiencing similar rates a week ago.

Havering recorded a rate of 652.7 in recent data, jumping from 380.7 the week prior. Redbridge’s rate is also very high (537.3) after making a dramatic jump from 301.4. Bexley is experiencing a rate higher than Havering was in the week to December 5. The case rates in Bromley, Merton, Sutton, Greenwich and Croydon are higher than in Redbridge the week prior.

This comes less than a week before Londoners will be allowed to create Christmas bubbles, despite concerns this will cause unnecessary deaths and pressure on the NHS.

While the Prime Minister urged people to exercise “extreme caution” over the festive period and make Christmas “smaller and shorter” to protect loved ones, the decision to mix with up to three households still lies with the general public (at least in England) themselves.

Four London boroughs (Havering, Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham and Enfield ) are amongst the 20 worst affected boroughs in the country when it comes to case rates.

Swale, in Kent has the worst case rate in the country, which jumped from 625.0 to 742.3 in the recent data.

Rate of new cases of Covid-19 in London boroughs

Here is the latest data as of Wednesday (December 16) for rates of new Covid-19 cases in London boroughs.

The figures, for the seven days to December 12, are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the Government’s testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two).

Data for the most recent four days (December 13-16) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

The list has been calculated by the PA news agency, based on Public Health England data.

Here is the list in full. From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; the tier of Covid-19 restrictions in which the local authority is currently placed; rate of new cases in the seven days to December 12; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to December 12; rate of new cases in the seven days to December 5; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to December 5.

Havering, Tier 3, 652.7 (1694), 380.7 (988)

Barking and Dagenham, Tier 3, 540.1, (1150), 318.5, (678)

Redbridge, Tier 3, 537.3, (1640), 301.4, (920)

Enfield, Tier 3, 465.9, (1555), 239.1, (798)

Waltham Forest, Tier 3, 454.5, (1259), 321.3, (890)

Bexley, Tier 3, 445.5, (1106), 261.8, (650)

Newham, Tier 3, 431.0, (1522), 266.5, (941)

Tower Hamlets, Tier 3, 405.2, (1316), 243.3, (790)

Bromley, Tier 3, 346.9, (1153), 191.7, (637)

Kingston upon Thames, Tier 3, 338.0, (600), 223.7, (397)

Merton, Tier 3, 334.5, (691), 186.9, (386)

Harrow, Tier 3, 331.3, (832), 218.6, (549)

Hackney and City of London, Tier 3, 314.6, (915), 188.1, (547)

Sutton, Tier 3, 314.5, (649), 183.2, (378)

Greenwich, Tier 3, 308.4, (888), 202.1, (582)

Haringey, Tier 3, 306.7, (824), 207.0, (556)

Croydon, Tier 3, 305.1, (1180), 173.0, (669)

Hounslow, Tier 3, 270.3, (734), 153.9, (418)

Lambeth, Tier 3, 269.9, (880), 133.1, (434)

Lewisham, Tier 3, 269.1, (823), 127.8, (391)

Hillingdon, Tier 3, 261.3, (802), 187.7, (576)

Brent, Tier 3, 260.8, (860), 152.8, (504)

Wandsworth, Tier 3, 249.9, (824), 130.4, (430)

Southwark, Tier 3, 249.7, (796), 135.2, (431)

Barnet, Tier 3, 245.8, (973), 176.3, (698)

Islington, Tier 3, 236.3, (573), 133.6, (324)

Ealing, Tier 3, 234.1, (800), 168.8, (577)

Richmond upon Thames, Tier 3, 213.1, (422), 88.9, (176)

Hammersmith and Fulham, Tier 3, 204.2, (378), 103.7, (192)

Camden, Tier 3, 184.1, (497), 98.1, (265)

Kensington and Chelsea, Tier 3, 172.9, (270), 115.9, (181)

Westminster, Tier 3, 168.4, (440), 89.9, (235)

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