London Covid cases: Rates fall across south east boroughs

Covid-19 infection rates are still falling across south east London, with every borough recording a further decrease in case numbers.

The latest case rates have been released for every local authority to England, and show Covid-19 cases slowly falling as the UK as a whole also records an overall drop in cases.

Nationally, 306 out of the 315 local areas in England (97 per cent) have seen a fall in cases, and just nine (three per cent) a rise.

These figures are accurate for the seven days to July 29 – with most recent days excluded for accuracy.

They are compared with a week prior – the seven days to July 22.

The figures are based on the number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in either a lab-reported or rapid lateral flow test, by specimen date.

The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.

Bexley has seen the biggest drop in case rates – with the borough recording a new rate of 286.4 (711 cases) compared with a rate of 480.1 (1,192 cases) the week before.

In Bromley, rates have dropped from 451.0 (1,499 cases) to 260.0 (864 cases).

In Southwark rates have also dropped significantly from 484.3 (1,544 cases) in the seven days to July 22 to 307.1 (979 cases) in the seven days to July 29.

The Covid-19 case rate has also fallen in Lewisham from 406.1 (1,242 cases) to 288.4 (882 cases).

Greenwich has also seen a fall – with a rate now of 281.7 (811 cases) compared with a rate of 388.3 (1,118 cases) the week before.

Nearby in Dartford, the Covid-19 case rates have also seen a largely significant decrease from 529.3 (596 cases) to 306.4 (345 cases).

Nationally, Lincoln has the highest rate – with 649 new cases in the seven days to July 29 which is the equivalent of a rate of 653.6 per 100,000 people.

This has risen from 356.5 in the seven days prior – to July 22.

Middlesbrough has the second highest rate, down from 1,044.1 to 573.1, with 808 new cases.

Blackpool has the third highest rate, down from 768.0 to 516.3, with 720 new cases.

The list has been calculated by the PA news agency based on Public Health England data published on August 2 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

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