EVERY London borough has seen the rate of coronavirus cases spiral above the crucial threshold of 100 new cases a week per 100,000 people.
Official figures show the number of people testing positive in the capital – currently under strict tier two measures – is spiralling.
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Three boroughs have a rate of more than 200 new cases per 100,000 in the week to October 23.
It comes as:
- A police chief said cops will go into people's homes to disrupt the festive season if Covid rules are being breached
- And David Jamieson, the West Midlands police and crime commissioner, says he fears strict Covid rules could lead to violence boiling over
- Boris Johnson has been urged to hold an emergency summit on Christmas amid claims the rule of six could prevent families gathering
- Leeds and Bristol could go into tougher lockdowns as infections surge
- The UK's unofficial death toll has now passed 60,000
- Sage scientists believe the second wave of coronavirus will be deadlier than the first
And the case rate was one of the reasons the capital was moved into the second tier – which bans people meeting friends from other households for a pint in the pub, as well as casual sex.
Ealing has the highest rate in the capital, with 220.3 new cases per 100,000 – or 753 cases overall.
That's a whopping rise on 153.9 – or 526 cases – for the previous week, the Evening Standard reports.
Hammersmith and Fulham is next, with a rate of 212.3, or 393 new cases, compared to 146.4 – 271 cases – for the previous seven days.
In third place is Kingston, with a rate of 203.9 – 362 cases – up from 122.8 – 218 cases.
Nationally, the UK suffered its highest daily Covid death toll for more than five months yesterday – after 367 more people lost their lives to the virus.
Another 22,885 people also tested positive for coronavirus overnight.
And as cases surge around the country – and particularly in the north – Brits have been warned the whole of England could be in strict tier three measures by Christmas.
This morning, 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.”
Initially, east London was at the epicentre of the capital's second wave.
It's now spread to more boroughs in the west, according to official figures.
Redbridge is the fourth worst-hit region, with 187 cases per 100,000 people, a rise from 128.4 the week before.
Hackney and City of London have a rate of 176.4, or 513 cases, putting the borough into the top five.
Affluent Richmond has been badly-hit – but officials there claim it's a reporting glitch.
They say up to 30 per cent of its recorded cases are students from the area testing positive at universities in other parts of the country.
Despite rising cases, it's understood the city could be moved back down to tier one in the coming weeks.
What are the ten worst-hit areas of London?
Every borough in the capital now has a case rate of 100 new infections per 100,000 people
- Ealing has the highest rate in the capital, at 220.3 cases per 100,000 people in the week to October 23 – 753 new cases for that week)
- Hammersmith and Fulham is next at a rate of 212.3 (393 cases)
- Kingston – 203.9 (362 cases)
- Redbridge – 187.1 (571 cases)
- Hounslow 186.7 (507 cases),
- Hackney and City of London 176.4 (513 cases),
- Hillingdon 169.5 (520 cases)
- Tower Hamlets 166.9 (542 cases)
- Richmond 156 (309 cases)
- Newham 155.7 (550 cases)
However, as bleak as the figures may look, the situation is vastly better in the capital than around many other areas of the UK. Nationally, the top ten worst-hit areas are:
- Blackburn with Darwen 785.6 (1,176 cases)
- Rossendale 675.7 (483 cases)
- Oldham 655.0 (1,553 cases)
- Wigan 634.7 (2,086 cases)
- Salford 617.4 (1,598 cases)
- Rochdale 610.6 (1,358 cases)
- Knowsley 589.3 (889 cases)
- Barnsley 563.9 (1,392 cases)
- Bolton 554.3 (1,594 cases)
- Bury 528.8 (1,010 cases)
Health chiefs hope to stem the tide of transmission, which has seen the number of people hospitalised with Covid reaching more than 100 a day.
And the hardest-hit areas of the capital aren't as badly affected as many other areas in the UK.
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 a whopping 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.
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