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Every London borough has now seen the Covid-19 rate go above the key threshold of 100 new cases a week per 100,000, according to official figures.
Three boroughs had a rate of more than 200 in the week to October 23, around double the areas least hard hit in the city.
The 100/100,000 was one of the trigger indicators used for moving London into Tier 2 restrictions 12 days ago .
Ealing has the highest rate in the capital, at 220.3 in the week to October 23 (753 cases), compared to 153.9 for the previous week (526 cases).
Hammersmith and Fulham is next at a rate of 212.3 (393 cases), compared to 146.4 (271 cases) for the previous seven days, followed by Kingston with a rate of 203.9 (362 cases), up from 122.8 (218).
The Government yesterday said that nationwide a further 367 people died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, while there were another 22,885 lab-confirmed cases of the virus.
The number of deaths is the highest daily figure since May 27, when 422 deaths were reported, though these figures tend to rise on a Tuesday due to a reporting lag from the weekend.
With cases having risen in a number of hotspots across the country, Cabinet minister George Eustice told Sky News: “We know that mortality very sadly tends to follow those spikes in incidence by a number of weeks, it may be that we are starting to see that yesterday.
“We are monitoring it very closely, we are concerned. That is why we continue to introduce new restrictions where that is necessary.”
He insisted that the Government was striking the right balance between trying to protect public health while limiting the damage to the economy, amid fears over millions of jobs and associated health impacts.
West Yorkshire could be the next area moved into Tier 3.
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The epicentre of London’s second wave of coronavirus has shifted from the east of the city to spread to more boroughs in the west, according to the official figures.
Redbridge now has the fourth highest rate at 187.1 (571 cases), compared to 128.4 (392), followed by Hounslow 186.7 (507 cases), 128.5 (349 cases), then Hackney and City of London 176.4 (513 cases), 146.8 (427 cases), Hillingdon 169.5 (520 cases), 127.1 (390 cases), Tower Hamlets 166.9 (542 cases), 119.5 (388 cases), and Richmond 156 (309 cases), 158.1 (313 cases).
The virus appears to be hitting wealthy boroughs just as hard as more deprived areas.
However, officials in Richmond believe that up to 30 per cent of its recorded cases were students from the area testing positive at universities in other parts of the country, before being counted among its figures due to a reporting glitch.
This issue is thought to affect other local authority areas, particularly wealthier areas.
The figures showed Newham has a rate of 155.7 (550 cases), compared to 119.8 the previous week (423 cases), Havering 154.5 (401 cases), compared to 119.1 (309 cases), Haringey 154.5 (415 cases), compared to 121.3 (326 cases), Wandsworth 154.1 (508 cases), 104.6 (345 cases), and Kensington and Chelsea 153.1 (239 cases), 119.8 (187 cases).
In the north of London, Enfield is seeing a rate of 152.2 (508 cases), compared to 127 (424 cases), Barnet 145.5 (576 cases), 110.4 (437 cases), and Barking and Dagenham 145.1 (309 cases), 105.2 (224 cases).
In the centre, Westminster’s rate has risen to 145 (379 cases), from 98 the previous week (256 cases), followed by Lambeth 141.4 (461 cases), compared to 115 (375 cases), Harrow 140.5 (353 cases), compared to 113.5 (285 cases), Waltham Forest 139.0 (385 cases), 101.8 (282 cases), Islington 137.3 (333 cases), 115.1 (279 cases), Southwark 136.1 (434 cases), 86.6 (276 cases), Merton 133.6 (276 cases), 91.5 (189 cases), Brent 124.9 (412), 99.5 (328), Camden 123.3 (333 cases), 115.9 (313 cases), and Sutton 116.3 (240 cases), 84.3 (174 cases).
South East London has escaped the brunt of the second wave, with Lewisham being the last borough in the city to creep above the 100/100,000 level.
The rate in Bexley has now risen to 123.6 (307 cases), from 73.3 (182 cases), Bromley 116.4 (387 cases), from 85.2 (283 cases), Croydon 109.1 (422 cases), from 78.1 (302 cases), Greenwich 102.8 (296 cases), from 81.3 (234 cases), and Lewisham 101 (309 cases), from 74.5 (228 cases).
The number of cases in the capital has risen to 13,303 in the week to October 23, compared to 9,935 for the previous seven days, with the rate increasing from 111 to 148.
Even the hardest-hit parts of London, though, are seeing far rates of Covid than the worst hotspots in the country.
Community and health leaders are also discussing the indicators and coronavirus levels which could see the city move back from Tier 2 to Tier 1.
However, the rise in cases will first need to be stemmed.
Hospitalisations of people with Covid have risen to above 100 a day in the capital.
They are not expected to reach daily levels nationally as seen during the first wave’s peak and the fatality rate is set to be significantly lower given breakthroughs in treating the disease.
However, there are reports that scientists fear that the overall death toll from the second wave could be higher than in the first if it takes longer to bring the disease properly back under control during the winter months.
In other parts of the country, Blackburn with Darwen continues to have the highest rate in England, with 1,176 new cases recorded in the seven days to October 23 – the equivalent of 785.6 cases per 100,000 people.
This is up from 526.4 cases per 100,000 in the seven days to October 16.
Rossendale has the second highest rate, up from 472.8 to 675.7, with 483 new cases.
Oldham is in third place, where the rate has risen from 428.5 to 655.0, with 1,553 new cases.
Case rates continue to fall in Nottingham, Liverpool, Newcastle and Exeter.