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London is put on lockdown watch list after a surge in Covid-19 infections and hospital admissions


London was put on the national Covid-19 watchlist today after spikes in registered cases and hospital admissions amid fears the capital could be hit by a local lockdown.

The Presidents of the Council announced that the response to the crisis in the capital would escalate during a meeting this morning. Stricter measures are not yet in place, but health chiefs are committed to increasing testing capacity to control flare-ups. Formal confirmation is expected to be announced later by Public Health England.

Leeds is also expected to face "more household restrictions" such as a ban on mixing in homes and private gardens by midnight. And Welsh officials confirmed today that Cardiff and Swansea will be affected by a number of measures from 6pm on Sunday, including a ban on indoor residents coming into contact with anyone they do not live with.

Dozens of areas across England where Covid-19 infection rates have risen sharply in the last month are currently on the watch list, which is updated every Friday. Authorities are divided into three different categories based on how quickly the outbreaks are growing. Areas marked "Intervention" have local restrictions, while areas labeled "Concern" have more testing available and more detailed case control plans for areas with "Reinforced Assistance".

Official government figures show London recorded 620 more cases of Covid-19 yesterday – double what it was last week. However, the capital city's eruption appears to have plateaued since the surge in early September, considering separate data analyzing when positive samples were actually taken and not recorded. It can take several days for suspicious patients to get their test results back.

Hospital admissions in the capital have tripled in 14 days. The moving average increased from 11 on September 2nd to 34.7 by September 19th. However, the number is still a long way from the over 700 at the height of the pandemic in spring and only slightly higher than in early July (around 25). By comparison, 13 times as many approvals were registered in March (425 on March 22) – before the national lockdown was imposed.

A flashy MailOnline card today suggests that London's Covid-19 hotspots may be connected by the city's busy underground network. Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Kingston upon Thames, and Sutton – none of which have a tube station – have the lowest infection rates in the city.

Public Health England data shows that only a handful of London's 32 boroughs have sustained increases in infections – including Redbridge, Hounslow, Barking, and Dagenham and Enfield. The data is scheduled to be updated today but does give an indication of which districts are struggling the most

London is believed to be on the verge of a localized lockdown. Official government data shows the capital recorded 620 more cases of Covid-19 yesterday - double what it was last week

London is believed to be on the verge of a localized lockdown. Official government data shows the capital recorded 620 more cases of Covid-19 yesterday – double what it was last week

Covid-19 hospital admissions in the capital have tripled in 14 days. The seven day average increased from 11 on September 2 to 33.4 by September 18. However, the number of hospital stays in the city is still far from the 700+ at the height of the pandemic in the spring and only marginally higher than in early July (around 25) when the country was considered safe to reopen

Covid-19 hospital admissions in the capital have tripled in 14 days. The seven day average increased from 11 on September 2 to 33.4 by September 18. However, the number of hospital stays in the city is still far from the 700+ at the height of the pandemic in the spring and only marginally higher than in early July (around 25) when the country was considered safe to reopen

London Mayor Sadiq Khan urged further action to stop the increase in cases before Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a nationwide curfew on pubs and restaurants at 10 p.m. and encouraged people to return to work from home. Pictured: Soho

London Mayor Sadiq Khan urged further action to stop the rise in cases before Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a nationwide curfew on pubs and restaurants at 10 p.m. and encouraged people to return to work. Pictured: Soho

Leeds is also expected to be hit by new restrictions from midnight, including "more budget restrictions" on the lines of restrictions already in place in three West Yorkshire counties, as the number of cases has risen

Leeds is also expected to be hit by new restrictions from midnight, including "more budget restrictions" on the lines of restrictions already in place in three West Yorkshire counties, as the number of cases has risen

London Councils, a bipartisan organization representing all 32 boroughs and the City of London, said the English capital would be placed on the national Covid-19 watch list.

The list is broken down into “Intervention Areas”, which are typically subject to local lockout restrictions, “Enhanced Assistance” areas that, for example, are subject to more testing, and “Problem Areas” that are closely monitored.

WHICH AREAS ARE ON THE LATEST WATCH LIST?

The last watchlist published last Friday contained:

INTERVENTION (number of infections registered by September 15 per 100,000 people living there)

BOLTON – 212.7

BLACKBURN WITH DARVES – 122.9

OADBY AND WIGSTON – 119.2

HYNDBURN – 117.6

PRESTON – 105.1

WARRINGTON – 105.0

TAMESIDE – 103.5

SUNDERLAND – 103.1

OLDHAM – 98.9

BIRMINGHAM – 98.0

BRADFORD – 97.5

LIVERPOOL – August 95

WIRRAL – 95.6

BURNLEY – 93.8

KNOWSLEY – 92.9

ST HELENS – 91.6

BURY – 90.5

SALFORD – 88.8

LEICESTER – July 86

SOUTH TYNESIDE – 86.5

ROCHDALE – 84.1

MANCHESTER – 83.6

GATESHEAD – 77.5

SOLIHULL – 77.2

SANDWELL – 72.1

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE – 69.6

PENDULUM – 61.3

HOLD – 60.7

KIRKLEES – April 60

WOLVERHAMPTON – 60.3

CALDERDALE – 59.5

ROSSENDALE – 57.8

SOUTH RIBBEL – 52.5

SEFTON – 49.0

NORTH TYNESIDE – 48.5

WEST LANCASHIRE – April 47

COUNTY DURHAM – 7/46

TRAFFIC – 45.7

CHORLEY – 1/35

WYRE – February 34

FYLDE – 28.8

NORTHUMBERLAND – 7/24

LANCASTER – 22.9

RIBBLE VALLEY – 18.3

IMPROVED SUPPORT

LEEDS – 75.5

BLABY – 65.7

STOCKPORT – 7/48

CONCERN, WORRY

SELBY – 65.1

HARTLEPOOL – 55.8

SHEFFIELD – 53.7

SPELTHORNE – 53.4

CORBY – 8/50

MIDDLESBROUGH – 47.0

NORTHAMPTON – 42.6

SCARBOROUGH – 42.3

HERTSMERE – 37.4

PETERBOROUGH – 3/30

STOKE-ON-TRENT – April 27th

London councils said no additional action has been taken in the city but that "the city's testing capacity will be increased so that Londoners have timely access to Covid-19 testing and the government must ensure this is maintained from now on." ".

The organization said London's entry on the list should serve as a "strong reminder that now is the time for all Londoners to band together and take action".

The watchlist is set by Health Secretary Matt Hancock after studying epidemiological advice from the Chief Medical Officer, NHS Test and Trace, the Joint Biosecurity Center and Public Health England.

Sian Berry, co-chair of the Greens and candidate for London Mayor, said: "We haven't had test information in London in weeks, which is a major concern for all of us in local and regional government," according to The Evening Standard.

& # 39; Today's news that Public Health England has added London to its list of problem areas based on estimates from other data shows how important this is and how all of our actions can make a difference.

“The closing of bars and restaurants at 10 p.m. has already led to crowded scenes in public transport that worry me very much. My strong advice to Londoners today is not to go out for the next few days unless you have to and to find other ways to see friends and family.

"Like you, I am sad, tired and tired after six months of a major national crisis, but we are at a dangerous moment, there is a lack of data and testing and we must work together as a city amid increasing signs of infection."

Meanwhile, Leeds Council President Judith Blake said she expected Leeds to be made an "area of ​​intervention" this Friday after receiving increased support last week.

It means "more budget constraints similar to those already in place in three West Yorkshire districts in Bradford, Kirkless and Calderdale," she said. As of Tuesday, people in these areas will be banned from interacting with anyone who does not belong to their household or who support the bubble in private homes and gardens.

Ms. Blake told reporters, "We expect you to arrive by midnight."

The addition of 793,000 Leeds residents would bring the number of people living under local restrictions to more than 16.2 million people across the UK.

Victoria Eaton, director of public health at Leeds, said the city's virus rate is 98.5 per 100,000 people, with a positive test rate of 8.4 percent. For comparison, Bolton & # 39; s is 218.4 and the highest in England.

Mr. Eaton said, “The spread of the virus is very dynamic in the city. It is clear that we have very widespread community broadcasts across town.

& # 39; We have high rates in some of our student areas that we've been increasing recently. It is clearly not just a problem for student areas. "

She said cases were increasing in all age groups, not just young adults, and that compliance with self-isolation rules was low in Leeds.

"We want to find ways to help local people isolate them," she said. "The restrictions are expected to remain in place for a longer period of time, possibly well into winter."

It was feared that both London and Leeds have been tinkering with a "local lockdown" for at least a week.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan urged further action to stop the increase in cases before Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a nationwide curfew on pubs and restaurants at 10 p.m. and encouraged people to return to work.

Infections across the city have more than doubled since August. The average number of cases seven days a week rose from 86 per 100,000 to 262 per 100,000.

Ministers are due to consider a decision to put even stricter restrictions on more than 9 million people in the city if the new range of national social distancing measures the government announced this week fails to contain the rising numbers.

The latest statistics from Public Health England (PHE), covering the week leading up to September 18, show that only one district in the capital – Redbridge – is among the 40 hardest hit regions in the country.

However, infection rates in 20 boroughs of London are higher than areas of England already affected by restrictions.

PHE is due to release its latest infection figures this afternoon, which also confirm London's place on the watch list.

The Welsh government announces that Cardiff and Swansea will be locked in the city of Llanelli on Sunday from 6pm and on Saturday at 6pm.

Under the restrictions, people cannot enter or leave the areas without a reasonable apology. They cannot hang out with someone they do not live with indoors as extended households are suspended.

People need to work from home whenever possible, Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said at a press conference in Cardiff.

In the past seven days, Cardiff achieved a test positivity rate of 3.8 percent, exceeding the Welsh government's amber threshold of 2.5 percent – part of the traffic light roadmap strategy to fight the pandemic.

On Thursday, Cardiff Council Chairman Huw Thomas said the capital had seen 38.2 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in the past five days. Swansea's rate is 49.8.

As of 6:00 p.m. Thursday, changes to coronavirus regulations mean that Welsh hospitality establishments such as pubs, cafes, restaurants, sports clubs and casinos will no longer be allowed to deliver alcohol between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. the following day.

Licensed premises can only offer table service to customers when they consume food or drinks. After a period of 20 minutes to allow customers to finish their drinks at 10:00 p.m., they must close by 10:20 p.m.

Victoria Eaton, director of public health at Leeds, said the city's virus rate is 98.5 per 100,000 people, with a positive test rate of 8.4 percent. Pictured: college students and teens drinking in town this week

Victoria Eaton, director of public health at Leeds, said the city's virus rate is 98.5 per 100,000 people, with a positive test rate of 8.4 percent. Pictured: college students and teens drinking in town this week

Wednesday evening in Leeds: Revelers line up to celebrate on the last night before Prime Minister Boris Johnson's announced new curfew at 10 p.m.

Wednesday evening in Leeds: On the last evening before Prime Minister Boris Johnson's announced new curfew at 10 p.m., the Revelers line up to celebrate

During a behind-closed-door briefing earlier this week, Kevin Fenton, director of Public Health England in London, told Mayor Khan and leaders of all 32 boroughs that all signs indicated that the disease was rapidly resurrecting in the city.

Professor Fenton argued that the testing infrastructure had been removed from the capital and redistributed to hotspots in the north, which means many Londoners may have gone undiagnosed.

He warned that cases could be massively underreported because Londoners were struggling to access tests, and that increased hospital admissions and calls to 111 were better indicators that London was in the middle of such a serious outbreak like in the US Northeast.

Professor Fenton told The Times: “We are seeing a rising tide of coronavirus cases in London across a wide range of age groups. This is no longer limited to young people in their twenties. & # 39;

He said that "while the number of cases varies by neighborhood, the general trend in the city is for transmission to increase and if this continues the situation may escalate".

Professor Fenton announced that around a fifth of the test capacity had been removed from the capital this month and redistributed to hotspots in the north.

Around 90,000 tests were being done each week in London in mid-August, but only 65,000 tests were done last week, according to Professor Fenton.

However, the latest health ministry figures show that testing in London has increased week by week.

In the week leading up to September 16, 85,000 tests were carried out across the capital, up from 75,000 in the last seven days. Even the capital's hotspots have more access to swabs – Barking performed 2,669 tests in the week ending September 16, 25 percent more than the week before when 2,036 swabs were performed. In Redbridge, 3,370 residents were screened for the virus in the last reporting period, compared with 3,046 the week before, an increase of nearly 10 percent.

Official figures show the outbreak may be slowing, despite hospital admissions for coronavirus tripling in 14 days and public health chiefs warning of a "rising tide" of the virus in the capital.

Only a handful of counties are currently seeing a sustained surge in infections – including Redbridge and Barking and Dagenham, two of the three hardest-hit parts of the capital.

Redbridge, in east London, has the highest number of infections in the capital as of September 18, with a weekly case rate of 34.2 per 100,000 people, according to PHE data.

The 300,000-inhabitant district currently only has the 40th highest infection rate in the UK, but has seen a sustained surge in diagnoses of Covid-19 for the past month and a half.

Figures show that infections in Redbridge have tripled since September 4, when the rate was 11.2 per 100,000 per week, and have increased ten-fold since early August (3.3).

And Redbridge's actual number of new infections diagnosed each day – numbers provided by the Department of Health – is one of the few counties still on the rise. It went from a seven-day rolling average of three cases in late August to nearly 23 at the end of last week.

The Department of Health's data, published on the government's coronavirus dashboard, takes into account the daily cases by sample date, which means it was a few days ago as it can take up to 72 hours for a result to come back.

The west London borough of Hounslow was the second most affected area in the capital, with a weekly case rate of 32.5 per 100,000 for the week ended September 18. Like Redbridge, Hounslow has tripled three cases in the last three weeks of his rise, 5.9 new infections per 100,000 people in early August.

However, health department data shows cases have declined in Hounslow, which is home to 290,000 people. Around 16 actual cases were diagnosed daily on September 7, out of four in late August. However, on the last full day of the data, September 16, that number fell below nine.

Hounslow has one of the largest South Asian populations in the country – about 20 percent compared to the national average of 2 percent – disproportionately affected by the virus during the crisis.

Weekly infection rates in both counties are still well below the UK average, which is 47 per 100,000. Though that number is shifting up due to outbreaks like Bolton, Blackburn and Oldham.

The boroughs of Barking and Dagenham in east London suffer from 29.3 infections per 100,000, which have more than doubled since the beginning of the month when the case rate was 12.3 per 100,000 and have quadrupled since August 1 (5.9 per 100,000).

Health Department figures suggest that the rolling average number of daily infections within seven days also continues to rise. In the community, where around 210,000 people live, an average of four cases per day were recorded at the end of August. That number rose to around nine in early September before flattening out.

However, last week's numbers, which are not yet believed to be accurate due to the three-day delay in analyzing the coronavirus test samples, suggest that another spike may still be hit.

Enfield (27.3), Newham (27), Ealing (26.9), Hackney (25.7), Tower Hamlets (25.5), Hammersmith and Fulham (24.8), Harrow (24.5) round the top 10 hardest hit boroughs in London from 4/24) and Havering (4/24), all but Newham active the week before.

Numbers show that infections in Redbridge have tripled since September 4, when the rate was 11.2 per 100,000 per week, and have increased ten-fold since early August (3.3)

Numbers show that infections in Redbridge have tripled since September 4, when the rate was 11.2 per 100,000 per week, and have increased ten-fold since early August (3.3)

The borough of Barking and Dagenham in east London suffers from 29.3 infections per 100,000, which have more than doubled since the start of the month when the case rate was 12.3 per 100,000 and have quadrupled since August 1 (5.9 per 100,000).

The boroughs of Barking and Dagenham in east London suffer from 29.3 infections per 100,000, which have more than doubled since the beginning of the month when the case rate was 12.3 per 100,000 and have quadrupled since August 1 (5.9 per 100,000).

The west London borough of Hounslow was the second most affected area in the capital, with a weekly case rate of 32.5 per 100,000 for the week ended September 18

The west London borough of Hounslow was the second most affected area in the capital, with a weekly case rate of 32.5 per 100,000 in the week ending September 18

Coronavirus infection rates in 20 London boroughs are higher than areas of England that are already affected by restrictions

Coronavirus infection rates in 20 boroughs of London are higher than areas of England already affected by restrictions.

Public Health England's most recent watchlist shows that the agency in England with the lowest case rate considered an "area of ​​intervention" – the highest level of concern – is Ribble Valley, with 18.3 cases per 100,000.

But Kensington and Chelsea, Enfield and Southwark, among others, have higher infection rates. Redbridge (34.2), Hounslow (32.5) and Barking and Dagenham (29.3) are the three most affected parts of the capital.

And the Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates that 0.2 percent of London's population – 18,000 people – currently carry the coronavirus, which is second only to the Northwest. For comparison: in the northeast the rate is only 0.16 percent.

Public Health England figures show that Redbridge, a neighborhood in the east of the city, has the highest Covid-19 infection rate at 34.2 and the number of cases in the agency has risen for four straight weeks. For comparison: The highest value in England is 175.2 in Bolton, Greater Manchester.

It is followed by Hounslow (32.5) and Barking and Dagenham (29.3) – boroughs on two opposite sides of the city, suggesting that the spread is not limited to just part of the capital. If they had been given "Area of ​​Intervention" status, the government would support the implementation of a "detailed action plan" to prevent the spread of cases.

MailOnline announced today that London’s Covid-19 hotspots could be connected through the city’s busy underground network, according to an eye-catching map based on government data.

Coronavirus cases are spreading in the capital, and ministers are now expected to consider a decision to bring more than 9 million people to the city.

The group of cases appears to be concentrated along the 11 subway lines – which were used by around 2 million people every day before the pandemic.

This means areas in the north-west and north-east of London may suffer from larger outbreaks than the south simply because they have more public transport links. Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Kingston upon Thames, and Sutton – none of which have a tube station – have the lowest infection rates in the city.

The link has already been discovered by experts studying other contagious respiratory diseases that spread via droplets, such as the coronavirus. British scientists have previously linked busy underground stations to worse flu outbreaks.

The more changes passengers had to make on their journey, the more contact they were likely to have with other people. That might be the case with London's top three hotspots – Redbridge, Hounslow, Barking and Dagenham – all of which are only served by one tube line.

Nine out of 32 boroughs that have had higher cases of flu because of their London Underground connections alone now also have higher rates of Covid-19 infection. Scientists say the tube is the "perfect environment" for a virus to spread, as people crowd, are poorly ventilated, and dirty surfaces are touched by millions.

However, experts say the pattern could be more complicated – there could be more key workers who are prone to picking up the virus because they come in close contact with many people and choose to live near a subway line to get around easier, while those who can work from home live further out in the suburban commuter belt.

Infection rates can also be heavily influenced by the district's disadvantage, as government studies have shown poorer areas have more Covid-19 deaths and ethnic diversity as black, Asian, and ethnic minorities are harder hit by the pandemic for a multitude of Establish.

Millions of travelers were kicked off the subway during the height of the first wave of coronavirus because the government ruled against any other than essential trip.

But with restrictions lifted in response to the waning outbreak, hundreds of thousands more trips are now being made. The pipe capacity has increased from four percent in April and May to around 35 percent. In addition to the surge in travel, cases in London also seem to continue to increase.

London's Covid-19 hotspots could be connected by the subway network, as a conspicuous map shows. Shown are the infection rates in the London boroughs given in the Public Health England report dated Friday the 18th

Londons Covid-19-Hotspots könnten durch das U-Bahn-Netzwerk verbunden werden, wie eine auffällige Karte zeigt. Abgebildet sind die Infektionsraten in den Londoner Bezirken, die im Bericht von Public Health England vom Freitag, dem 18., angegeben sind

Die MailOnline-Analyse der letzten Woche ergab, dass insgesamt 20 Bezirke in ganz London eine höhere Infektionsrate aufweisen als Gebiete in England, die bereits von Beschränkungen betroffen sind, darunter Kensington und Chelsea (23,7), Wandsworth (23) und Brent 22,7.

Die jüngste Beobachtungsliste von Public Health England zeigt, dass die Behörde in England mit der niedrigsten Fallrate, die als „Interventionsbereich“ angesehen wird – das höchste Maß an Besorgnis – Ribble Valley mit 18,3 Fällen pro 100.000 ist.

Inzwischen ist es mehreren Bezirken der Hauptstadt gelungen, die Virusfälle seit August trotz des landesweiten Aufwärtstrends unterdrückt zu halten.

Der südlondoner Stadtteil Sutton zählt mit einer aktuellen wöchentlichen Fallrate von 9,3 pro 100.000 nach PHE-Daten bis zum 18. September zu den 25 am wenigsten betroffenen Gebieten in England.

Dies ist tatsächlich gegenüber der Vorwoche (10,3) gesunken und hat seit Anfang August (6,4) nur noch 45 Prozent. Bromley (11,8), Bexley (12,1), Merton (13,6), Croydon (14) und Kingston upon Thames (14,3) weisen nach Sutton die fünf niedrigsten wöchentlichen Infektionsraten auf.

Alle diese Bezirke mit Ausnahme von Merton haben keine U-Bahnstation, was teilweise die geringe Anzahl von Fällen erklären könnte. Britische Wissenschaftler haben zuvor stark frequentierte U-Bahn-Stationen mit schlimmeren Grippeausbrüchen in Verbindung gebracht.

Testchefs sagen, dass sie Ressourcen in einer Zeit priorisieren mussten, in der das Land Schwierigkeiten hat, die Kapazität schnell genug zu erhöhen, um mit der drohenden zweiten Welle fertig zu werden.

Boris Johnson hat zugesagt, dass Großbritannien bis Ende nächsten Monats 500.000 Coronavirus-Tests pro Tag durchführen kann, mehr als doppelt so viel wie derzeit 242.000. Branchenkenner sagen jedoch, dass dieses Ziel aufgrund von Verzögerungen bei Maschinen und Chemikalien verfehlt werden könnte.

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