Revealed: One in 50 Londoners tests positive as Covid rate skyrockets

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The first half of London’s boroughs have reported Covid case rates of more than one in 50 heading into Christmas, an Evening Standard analysis of the latest weekly data reveals.

The top five boroughs for new cases were south of the river, with Lambeth registering 9,701 cases in that week alone, a 41% increase from the previous week.

Croydon saw the largest percentage increase of any London borough over the seven-day period, with a 79.2% increase in cases.

Wandsworth, Southwark, Croydon and Lewisham have all registered more than 7,700 new cases in the last seven-day period alone.

The Borough of London with the fewest new cases were Kensington and Chelsea, which recorded less than a third of the hardest-hit Lambeth cases in 3,044.

Across the capital, some 181,529 cases were reported in the seven days leading up to December 22. This translates to a case rate of 2016.4, which means one in 50 people in London has tested positive within a week.

The capital’s business rate was 58% higher than the previous seven days. The latest figures also show it was almost double the UK average of 1,095.2.

In the days following December 22, when more than 28,000 cases were reported in London, daily cases in the capital declined steadily with 4,420 reported on Boxing Day.

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