South west London has some of the highest infection rates for coronavirus in the capital

  Posted: 12.10.21 at 16:00 by James Mayer

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London boroughs on the outskirts of the capital are among the hardest hit by Covid-19 as central boroughs have some of the lowest infection rates in the UK.

Wandsworth Borough sits somewhere in between, having an infection rate of 240 per 100,000 people - the ninth highest rate out of the 32 boroughs.

Kingston has the highest infection rate in London, a feat that has been put down to children spreading coronavirus at school.

The leafy borough had an infection rate of 334 per 100,000 people, according to latest data from October 6, meaning it’s stayed in the top spot for over a week.

But last week, Kingston’s infection rate stood at 324, just 10 less than latest figures, showing not much of a spike in the borough.

In second place is the West London borough of Hounslow, with an infection rate of 330 per 100,000, closely followed by Richmond with an infection rate of 320.

London's infetction rates boroughs

At the end of September, Richmond had the highest Covid infection rate in London but the council claimed there was “no specific reason” why numbers had increased in the wealthy borough.

Ealing, Sutton and Enfield have also been identified as having the top infection rates in London. Yet, infection rates are far lower than other parts of the UK, such as Kettering, which had a rate of 792.5 per 100,000 as of October 11.

But in more central and crowded parts of London such as Westminster and the City of London, coronavirus infection rates are the lowest in capital.

Southwark has the lowest Covid infection rate in London with 142 cases per 100,000.

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.

South west London has some of the highest rates within the capital

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

London recorded 3,050 coronavirus cases on October 11, taking the total to 1,109,227 since the pandemic started, according to government data.

But this number of daily cases has stayed consistent since the start of September 2021.

Four Covid deaths were recorded on October 11 in the capital and 16,525 have been recorded since the beginning of the pandemic. Deaths have plateaued since September.

Nearly six million people in London have been given a first dose of a Covid vaccine with almost 5.4 million having had both jabs.

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