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Breaking News ! The latest data from Public Health England shows that 15 London boroughs already have bigger rates of coronavirus cases over the last week than parts of the country that were getting extra support from the government to control the virus. The government puts together a weekly Watchlist of areas it is concerned about, those which it is offering extra support to and those which it is taking lockdown interventions in to help control the virus. On last week's (September 11) government Watchlist, the area with the lowest case rate getting extra government support with 20.2 cases per 100,000 people was Stockport. This means that based on last week's data, 15 London boroughs have already exceeded this case rate so could be in line for extra government support for controlling the virus. And in terms of lockdown interventions, the area with the lowest case rate to get these last week was Sandwell with 22.6 cases per 100,000 head of population. This would suggest that 15 London boroughs already have a high enough case rate to be getting local lockdown interventions. They would be: (weekly case rates in brackets) Redbridge 38.0 Hounslow 34.6 Barking and Dagenham 31.5 Havering 30.1 Enfield 30.0 Tower Hamlets 29.6 Newham 29.5 Ealing 28.4 Kensington and Chelsea 27.5 Hackney and City of London 26.1 Wandsworth 26.1 Hammersmith and Fulham 25.
.7 Brent 24.0 Lambeth 23.0 The thing that might prevent this is the fact that case rates are not the only thing required to get on the government Watchlist. Public Health England says the Watchlist is produced by first considering the lower tier local authorities with the highest weekly incidence rate and its trend, combined with a range of other indicators including the test positivity rate, an assessment of the local response and plans, and the trend of other metrics such as healthcare activity and numbers of deaths from the virus. It says the classification decision is therefore a "blended assessment" drawing on professional judgement. However, even despite this, the ongoing trends for high case rates experienced in Hounslow and Redbridge for example would suggest they may well be on the next Watchlist when it is released on Friday (September 18), and could be facing greater local support or intervention. For the full Watchlist click here New cases reported on Wednesday, September 16 The capital saw 243 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total of cases in the capital since the beginning of the pandemic to 43,928, that's up from 41,765 on Wednesday, September 9, an increase of 2,163 cases in a week. However the fact that London's daily rate has again fallen way below 300 new cases gives some encouragement after it had peaked over 300 again on several days in early September for the fist time since May 1. And it's still nowhere near as high as at the centre of the pandemic when the biggest number of cases came on April 3, with 981 in a single day. We have to take into account the massive increase in coronavirus testing that is happening now which means almost inevitably there will be far more positive tests. On May 1 most of the positive tests were still being done in hospitals when patients were already presenting with severe symptoms. The number of tests now being done is now more than double what they were on May 1. Daily coronavirus cases reported on Wednesday, September 15, show Redbridge with the highest number of cases at 18. Behind that is Hounslow with 17 and then Havering and Haringey each with 14 This is no surprise as Redbridge has had the highest rates of coronavirus cases per 100,000 over the past week and is at the centre of a spike n North East London. The boroughs with the lowest numbers of cases on Wednesday, September 16, were Tower Hamlets and Harrow, each with one case. Case increase over the past 7 days: But a look at the increase in the numbers of cases over the past seven days shows the spike in Redbridge continues with a 131 new cases recorded between September 9 and September 16. Enfield had an increase of 102 cases and Hounslow saw 97 cases. Ealing saw 94 new cases over the same period and Wandsworth saw an increase of 93 new cases as did Newham. The lowest increase over this time period was recorded in Sutton with just 29 new cases. Inner London boroughs (total cases in brackets for September 16, left, and September 9, right and the increase in cases between these dates) Camden, 10, (938) (874) + 64 Greenwich, 6, (1,163) (1,110) + 53 Hackney and City of London, 9, (1,331) (1,247) + 84 Hammersmith and Fulham, 9, (1,031) (976) + 55 Islington, 5, (762) (717) + 45 Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea,4 , (788) (746) + 42 Lambeth, 4, (1,764) (1,667) + 79 Lewisham, 6, (1,457) (1,398) + 59 Southwark, 7, (1,779) (1,711) + 68 Tower Hamlets, 1, (1,191) (1,105) + 86 Wandsworth, 9, (1,591) (1,498) + 93 Westminster, 5, (1,065) (1,017) + 48 Outer London boroughs Barking and Dagenham, 7, (1,007) (937) + 70 Barnet, 9, (2,077) (1,995) + 82 Bexley, 3, (1,241) (1,208) + 33 Brent, 6, (2,087) (2,006) + 81 Bromley, 9, (1,755) (1,707) + 48 Croydon, 4, (2,134) (2,070) + 64 Ealing, 9, (1,996) (1,902)+ 94 Enfield, 11, (1,541) (1,439) + 102 Haringey, 14, (1,066) (990) + 76 Harrow, 1, (1,589) (1,529) + 60 Havering, 14, (1,279) (1,200) +79 Hillingdon, 8, (1,437) (1,375) + 62 Hounslow, 17, (1482) (1,385) + 97 Kingston upon Thames, 6, (894) (859) - 35 Merton, 7, (1,097) (1,059) + 38 Newham, 3, (1,698) (1,605) + 93 Redbridge, 18, (1,532) (1,401) + 131 Richmond upon Thames, 5, (732) (691) + 36 Sutton, 5, (1,141) (1,112) + 29 Waltham Forest, 12, (1,301) (1,229)+ 60
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