Kingston has third-highest covid rate in London amid sharp rise in cases

By Ellie Brown - Local Democracy Reporter

3rd Nov 2021 | Local News

Kingston has the third-highest covid infection rate in London and cases have risen compared with three weeks ago.

The borough recorded an average of 399 cases per 100,000 people as of October 28, compared with 334 on October 6 when the borough had the highest infection rate in London.

In Kingston, the place with the highest number of cases is New Malden West which has a rate of 533.5, followed closely by Tolworth which recorded 528.4 cases per 100,000 people.

Meanwhile, the neighbouring borough of Richmond has the highest covid-19 infection rate in London at 463, then Sutton which is also on Kingston's boundary.

But despite these boroughs having the highest rate in London, compared to the UK's highest area, they are relatively low.

Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire currently has the UK's highest infection rate of 831.1 per 100,000 – almost double that of London's highest boroughs.

The top 10 Covid London hotspots are: Richmond, Sutton, Kingston, Barnet, Hounslow, Harrow, Hillingdon, Havering, Ealing and Bexley.

But in parts of Central London, infection rates are some of the lowest in the UK.

Westminster has the UK's second lowest infection rate after the Shetland Islands according the government dashboard with 169 cases per 100,000.

Southwark has the UK's third lowest, followed by Tower Hamlets, Camden, Hackney and City of London, Newham, Lewisham, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth and Islington.

Coronavirus 'hotspots' and 'notspots' are revealed on an interactive map charting the number of positive Covid-19 test results in each borough across the country using government data.

The number of new cases is then used to calculate the infection rate per 100,000 people.

London recorded 2,935 coronavirus cases on November 2, taking the total to 1,185,240 since the pandemic started, according to government data.

But this number of daily cases has stayed consistent since the start of September 2021, despite a spike in mid-October.

There were 13 Covid deaths recorded on November 2 in the capital and 16,743 have been recorded since the beginning of the pandemic. Deaths have plateaued since September.

Over six million people in London have been given a first dose of a Covid vaccine with almost 5.5 million having had both jabs.

See the interactive map of cases HERE.

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