London Covid cases: Rates fall in most south east boroughs

The latest case rates have been released for every local authority area in England and in most of them, infections are rising.

However, most south east London boroughs haven’t followed the rising trend.

Nationally, 210 out of the 315 local areas in England (67 per cent) have seen a rise in cases, and 100 (32 per cent) have seen a fall.

Two were unchanged.

These figures are accurate for the seven days to August 19 – with most recent days excluded for accuracy.

They are compared with a week prior – the seven days to August 12.

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.

Just one south east borough has seen a rise in cases – with the rest recording a fall.

Bromley

The only south east London borough to have seen a rise in cases in Bromley. It rose from 238.6 (794 cases) in the seven days to August 12 to 248.5 (827 cases) in the seven days to August 19.

Lewisham

Lewisham’s case rate has fallen from 330.8 (1,010 cases) to 273.5 (835 cases).

Greenwich

In Greenwich, cases have fallen to a rate of 252.6 (730 cases) from 260.5 (753 cases).

Bexley

In Bexley, rates have dropped from 270.4 (674 cases) to 234.5 (607 cases).

Southwark

Southwark’s rate has fallen from 312.2 (999 cases) to 283.4 (907 cases).

Dartford

Nearby in Dartford, cases have fallen to 276.2 (315 cases) from 324.4 (370 cases).

Nationally, Sedgemoor in Somerset has the highest rate, with 892 new cases in the seven days to August 19 – the equivalent of 722.6 per 100,000 people.

This is up from 524.9 in the seven days to August 12.

Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly have the second highest rate, up sharply from 383.5 to 717.4, with 4,129 new cases.

West Devon has the third highest rate, up from 247.6 to 666.2, with 374 new cases.

The list has been calculated by the PA news agency based on Public Health England data published on August 23 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

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