Havering has seen a worrying surge in coronavirus cases – making it the most infected area in London.
Another 1,118 cases of the virus were recorded in the borough in the last week, compared to 785 the week before.
Havering’s infection rate – expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people – is now 430.7, up from 302.4 in the previous seven days.
The figures also makes the borough the eighth most infected areas in England, according to analysis of the latest Government data for the seven days to December 7.
Havering Borough Council has announced Covid-19 testing is being increased in response to the rise in cases – with three new testing sites available from this weekend.
All secondary school staff, students and families of children who do not have virus symptoms are now asked to get a test this weekend at one of three new sites.
More testing sites will open at schools over the next week.
Councillor Damian White, leader of Havering Council, said: “Testing people who do not have Covid symptoms helps us identify where the disease is spreading and also helps to identify people who may be carrying and spreading the disease without knowing it.
“This is crucial now as Christmas approaches and families look forward to mixing and meeting.
“We are also aware that rates in young people have been increasing particularly quickly and that’s why our focus for this sort of testing is secondary school staff, pupils and their families.
“I urge those groups who do not have symptoms to step forward and get a test this weekend. More details will soon be shared on further testing options in the next few weeks.”
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Waltham Forest is a distant second in the table of current London infection rates, at 352.7.
Barking & Dagenham (339.6, up from 279.0); and Redbridge (332.9, up from 279) are also in the top 20 highest infection areas in England.
The figures, calculated by the PA news agency, are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the Government’s testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two).
Locations of Havering’s new testing sites – and how to get a test
The testing sites, which opened on Saturday, will be available between 9am and 3pm on Sunday, December 13 and Monday 14 December at:
- Havering Town Hall, Main Road, Romford RM1 3BD (site located immediately in front of Town Hall)
- Dorrington Gardens car park, Hornchurch RM12 4HX
- Viking Way car park (council-owned car park not the supermarket car park), Rainham RM13 9YG
All sites allow you to drive or walk through and there is no need to book.
If you wish to have a home test you can book online – select the option saying you have been told to get a test by the council.
Four hundred tests will be available each day at each site and tests will be available on a first-come-first-served basis.
The council-owned public car parks at Dorrington Gardens and Viking Way are closed until further notice.
Infection rates for London boroughs in full
From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to December 7; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to December 7; rate of new cases in the seven days to November 30; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to November 30.
(Data for the most recent four days (December 8-11) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases)
Havering, 430.7, (1118), 302.4, (785)
Waltham Forest, 352.7, (977), 223.8, (620)
Barking and Dagenham, 339.6, (723), 279.0, (594)
Redbridge, 332.9, (1016), 306.3, (935)
Newham, 295.4, (1043), 245.5, (867)
Bexley, 284.3, (706), 217.9, (541)
Enfield, 273.5, (913), 172.0, (574)
Tower Hamlets, 269.1, (874), 202.6, (658)
Kingston upon Thames, 246.2, (437), 187.0, (332)
Greenwich, 229.9, (662), 139.6, (402)
Harrow, 229.7, (577), 150.1, (377)
Merton, 222.2, (459), 178.7, (369)
Haringey, 219.2, (589), 153.0, (411)
Hackney and City of London, 211.5, (615), 144.4, (420)
Bromley, 203.7, (677), 166.7, (554)
Hillingdon, 198.5, (609), 156.4, (480)
Sutton, 188.0, (388), 147.8, (305)
Croydon, 187.0, (723), 140.4, (543)
Barnet, 181.1, (717), 159.6, (632)
Ealing, 176.7, (604), 166.2, (568)
Brent, 175.0, (577), 161.0, (531)
Hounslow, 173.1, (470), 159.8, (434)
Lewisham, 147.5, (451), 107.9, (330)
Southwark, 145.8, (465), 108.2, (345)
Wandsworth, 142.6, (470), 105.6, (348)
Lambeth, 137.7, (449), 111.3, (363)
Islington, 134.5, (326), 111.8, (271)
Kensington and Chelsea, 116.6, (182), 111.4, (174)
Hammersmith and Fulham, 112.3, (208), 100.5, (186)
Camden, 111.8, (302), 92.6, (250)
Richmond upon Thames, 111.6, (221), 82.8, (164)
Westminster, 102.2, (267), 89.5, (234)
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