Tuesday 24 November 2020 6:50 pm

London pandemic update: How many Covid-19 infections are there in your local borough?

London recorded 1,409 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of infections since the pandemic began to 149,270.

The R rate, which measures the rate of spread of infection, is currently between 1 and 1.1 according to government estimates.

The figure marks a sharp drop since last week’s estimate of 1.1 to 1.3, meaning the virus has begun to lose its grip across the country.

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Figures released by Public Health England show that Ealing remains the worst-affected borough, after recording a further 40 cases in the past 24 hours. It has now recorded 7,320 confirmed Covid-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.

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Barnet trails close behind with 6,471 confirmed cases, though it has reported fewer infections over the past few days.

It had however been overtaken by Redbridge, which reported 100 new cases in the last 24 hours to climb to 6,703 in total.

It is one of several boroughs in East London to have a high rate of new cases, with Barking and Dagenham, Tower Hamlets and Newham also reporting spikes in infections.

Figures compiled by the PA news agency showed that 21 London boroughs have broken the key level of more than 100 cases per 100,000 people.

But the spread of infection now seems to be slowing, with new daily cases in the capital dropping since last week.

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For the last week where death stats are available, that ending 6 November, there were 2,225 in total in London.

Hopes for a return to normality by next year received yet another boost after Astrazeneca and Oxford University announced that their coronavirus vaccine proved 90 per cent effective in late-stage clinical trials.

Health secretary Matt Hancock has said that the NHS will be ready to roll out a potential vaccine by next month, meaning there could be a vaccine ready in time for Christmas.

Hancock last week announced the government will roll out rapid Covid tests across 25 of London’s 32 boroughs, which have a turnaround time of around 15 minutes.

The tests are part of government plans to increase asymptomatic testing among vulnerable populations, in a bid to create a clearer picture of the level of infection across different communities.

It comes as the UK today recorded a further 11,229 coronavirus cases, taking the total number of people who have tested positive since the start of the pandemic to over 1.5m.

The official UK death toll has now exceeded 55,000 with a further 206 fatalities recorded in the past 24 hours.

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London coronavirus cases by borough (in alphabetical order)

Data sourced from Public Health England, accurate as of 4pm on Tuesday 24 November

BoroughsConfirmed cases
Barking and Dagenham4,057
Hackney and City of London4,934
Hammersmith and Fulham3,544
Kensington and Chelsea2,420
Kingston upon Thames2,951
Richmond upon Thames2,753
Tower Hamlets6,109
Waltham Forest4,808

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