London Covid cases: Rates rise as rest of UK starts to fall

The latest Covid case rates have been released for every local authority area in England and in most of them, infections have begun to fall.

However, across south east London, infections are still rising.

Nationally, 227 out of the 377 local areas in England (60 per cent) have seen a fall in cases, and 147 (39 per cent) have seen a rise.

Three are unchanged.

These figures are accurate for the seven days to October 25 – with most recent days excluded for accuracy.

They are compared with a week prior – the seven days to October 18.

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.


In Bexley, the coronavirus case rate has risen to 332.1 (828 cases) from 277.6 (692 cases).


Bromley’s case rate has risen from 282.8 (941 cases) to 294.5 (980 cases).


In Greenwich, the case rate stands at 253.3 (732 cases), having risen from 242.2 (700 cases) the week before.


The case rate in Lewisham is 213.9 (653 cases), showing a rise from 196.5 (600 cases).


Southwark’s coronavirus case rate has risen from 160.3 (513 cases) to 180.9 (579 cases).


In Dartford, the case rate has risen to 596.7 (680 cases) from 469.1 (535 cases).

Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire has the highest rate in the UK, with 933 new cases in the seven days to October 25 – the equivalent of 965.6 per 100,000 people.

This is down from 1,148.8 in the seven days to October 18.

Stroud in Gloucestershire has the second highest rate, down from 1,224.9 to 892.5, with 1,079 new cases.

Bath & North East Somerset has the third highest rate, down from 1,076.1 to 881.0, with 1,730 new cases.

The list has been calculated by the PA news agency using data published on October 29 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

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