London Covid cases: Rates rise 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.

Nationally, 182 out of the 315 local areas in England (58 per cent) have seen a rise in cases, and 126 (40 per cent) have seen a fall.

Four were unchanged.

These figures are accurate for the seven days to August 14 – with most recent days excluded for accuracy.

They are compared with a week prior – the seven days to August 7.

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.

Although most English areas have seen a rise, just two south east boroughs have seen a fall in cases.


Lewisham’s case rate has risen from 315.7 (964 cases) in the seven days to August 7 to 322.0 (983 cases) in the seven days to August 14.


Bexley has seen a rise in cases also – with a current rate of 265.5 (662 cases) which increased from 251.1 (626 cases) the week prior.


In Bromley, rates have dropped from 247.6 (824 cases) to 240.4 (800 cases).


Southwark’s rate has risen from 300.6 (962 cases) to 324.7 (1,039 cases).


Greenwich has seen a fall in infection rates from 268.5 (776 cases) to 257.4 (774 cases).


Nearby in Dartford, cases have risen more significantly to 343.7 (392 cases) from 270.1 (308 cases).

Nationally, Hull continues to have the highest rate, with 1,629 new cases in the seven days to August 14 – the equivalent of 628.7 per 100,000 people.

This is up from 595.5 in the seven days to August 7.

Sedgemoor in Somerset has the second highest rate, up sharply from 311.1 to 593.0, with 732 new cases.

Mansfield in Nottinghamshire has the third highest rate, up from 507.5 to 542.3, with 593 new cases.

The list has been calculated by the PA news agency based on Public Health England data published on August 18 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

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