London hasn't recorded 100 Covid-19 cases in a day for nearly a MONTH, official figures show (so, how many people have been struck down in YOUR town?)

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  • The last time 100 or more people were diagnosed with Covid-19 in London was on May 7, when 147 were
  • Only the South West has managed a longer spell with fewer than 100 daily cases – since May 1
  • All regions have seen a fall of more than half in number of average daily positive tests since start of May
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May 7 was the last time more than 100 people tested positive for Covid-19 in the city, when 147 people were diagnosed. This has fallen consistently to just 19 on May 25, the lowest for a weekday since the outbreak spiralled out of control, showing the capital has emerged from the epidemic's darkest days

May 7 was the last time more than 100 people tested positive for Covid-19 in the city, when 147 people were diagnosed. This has fallen consistently to just 19 on May 25, the lowest for a weekday since the outbreak spiralled out of control, showing the capital has emerged from the epidemic’s darkest days

The number of excess deaths in England and Wales spiked dramatically during the peak of the coronavirus outbreak. Professor Carl Heneghan, an Oxford University epidemiologist, predicted that the number of people dying would fall to average levels again by July

The number of excess deaths in England and Wales spiked dramatically during the peak of the coronavirus outbreak. Professor Carl Heneghan, an Oxford University epidemiologist, predicted that the number of people dying would fall to average levels again by July

Separate data published yesterday showed that Birmingham has recorded the most deaths of diagnosed coronavirus patients, with 1,082 victims

Separate data published yesterday showed that Birmingham has recorded the most deaths of diagnosed coronavirus patients, with 1,082 victims

It has been almost a month since London diagnosed a hundred coronavirus patients in one day, statistics show in a sign the outbreak is fading in the capital. 

Department of Health figures reveal May 7 was the last time more than 100 people tested positive for Covid-19 in the city, when 147 people were diagnosed with the life-threatening disease. 

This has fallen consistently to just 19 on May 25, the lowest recorded on a weekday since the outbreak spiralled out of control, showing the capital has emerged from the epidemic’s darkest days.

Only the South West, which has been least affected by the epidemic, has gone longer without 100 cases in a day, since 113 tested positive on May 1. 

More than 1,000 people were being diagnosed every day in London at the peak of the outbreak but the number of cases has now plummeted to just dozens.

Data shows the average number of people getting diagnosed every day in the capital fell by 82 per cent in the last week of May compared to the first, from 136 to 25. Average daily positive tests in all regions more than halved over the same period, although statistics are still being updated.

Falling diagnoses comes despite an increase in the number of tests being carried out – 630,000 tests were done in the week ending May 7, compared to 836,000 up to May 25. Other regions have also seen drops in the number of people being diagnosed with the virus.

In the North West, positive tests dropped from a month high of 342 on May 5 to 105 on May 25. And in the East of England they fell from 266 on May 1 to 79 on May 25.

Case results have been even lower this week but it can take days for results to be analysed and fewer are recorded at the weekends, meaning last week is the most accurate recent measure.

The data comes as separate statistics today revealed that the virus had pushed the numbers of deaths from all causes to more than double in some parts of London. 

The South West has gone the longest without recording 100 new cases in a day out of all England’s regions, Public Health England data shows – since May 1.

The North East has not hit the figure since May 9. For the East Midlands it was May 13, for Yorkshire and the West Midlands May 19, for East of England May 21, for South East England May 22, and for the North West – the most recent – it was May 29. 

Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, London has been the region with the most cases of the virus diagnosed, with a total of 27,021.

However the North East of England, which had a lower total (10,266) has had a higher rate of infection. 

There, 386 people per 100,000 have caught the virus, compared to 303 per 100,000 in the capital.

The rate was also higher than London’s in the North West, where it has been 354 cases per 100,000 people but a total of 25,796 – almost as high as London’s.

People living in the South West have been least exposed to Covid-19, with just 7,680 cases diagnosed there at a rate of 137 infections per 100,000 people.

All regions of England saw the average number of positive tests they recorded each day drop by more than half between the first week of May and the last.

The figures are calculated by averaging the number of positive tests each day between May 1 and May 7, and comparing this to the average number of daily positive tests between May 23 and May 29.

The late May figures may still be subject to change – a five-day buffer has been left to account for as yet unreliable data over the weekend and in the past 48 hours.

REGION  

London

North East

South West

East of Eng

Yorkshire

South East

West Mids

North West

East Mids 

START MAY

136

126

75

183

191

189

169

247

87 

END MAY

25

32

20

51

57

62

54

101

41 

 % CHANGE

82%

75%

73%

72%

70%

67%

68%

59%

52% 

A closer look at PHE’s data shows that Barrow-in-Furness, in Cumbria, has the worst rate of infection of any local authority in the country.

The seaside town near the Lake District has had 561 diagnosed cases of Covid-19 from a population of around 67,000 people. Its infection rate is 836 cases per 100,000 people.

Ashford in Kent has seen infections at a rate of 628 per 100,000 (812 total), while the rate is 553 per 100,000 in Lancaster, where a total 798 cases have been found.

Others in the list of worst-affected places include South Lakeland (Cumbria), Sunderland, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Middlesbrough, Blackpool and Oldham.

All except Ashford are in the hard-hit North East and North West regions of England. 

Meanwhile, more rural and southern areas have got off lightly in the first wave of Britain’s epidemic. 

Torridge, Devon, is the least affected district in England, with a total of 36 cases and an infection rate of just 53 per 100,000 – 16 times lower than in Barrow-in-Furness.

This is followed by Mendip in Somerset, which contains Frome and Glastonbury, where 63 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed. The infection rate is 55 per 100,000.

Other areas that appear to have gotten off lightly so far include Hastings, West Lindsey (Lincolnshire), Rutland (East Midlands), South Hams (Devon), West and North Devon, Dorset and North East Lincolnshire. 

A decline in positive tests across all regions is noticeable by averaging the total number of daily positive tests results in the first week of May and comparing this to those in the week ending May 29.

The latter figures may be subject to change but are more reliable than more recent figures from the weekend or this week, which may not yet have been completed.

London recorded 82 per cent fewer cases per day, on average, at the end of May when compared to the beginning – a drop from 136 to just 25. 

In the North East, the average number of daily positive tests fell from 126 in the first week of May to 32 per day in the last week of the month – a 75 per cent drop.

The South West saw a fall of 73 per cent from 75 cases per day to 20.

In the East of England the number fell from 183 to 51 (72 per cent), and in Yorkshire and the Humber it dropped 70 per cent from 191 to a 57 daily average.

In South East England the daily average fell from 189 to 62 (67 per cent), in the West Midlands it was 169 to 54 (68 per cent), in the North West 247 to 101 (59 per cent), and in the East Midlands it fell from 87 to 41 (52 per cent). 

Professor Keith Neal, an epidemiologist at the University of Nottingham, explained: ‘Testing has been expanded so we are still testing people who would have been tested in the early days, we have added more groups so the decline in positive tests reflects a genuine fall in new cases. 

‘Essentially if we expand the groups of people you could see a rise in positive tests even if cases were falling. 

‘We need to encourage all people with symptoms to get tested so we can contact trace as many people as possible. 

‘A number of infections are asymptomatic so we can not find these people directly but contact tracing allows us to isolate potential asymptomatic people before they spread infection. 

‘Any resurgence in cases can readily be detected and control measures implemented before we reach a second wave.’ 

The data comes after a separate analysis by The Telegraph showed that the coronavirus pandemic has driven up death rates in some parts of London to double what they are in a usual year.

Official statistics show the number of Britons who died during the first five months of 2020 was massively higher than average because of the Covid-19 crisis. 

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) yesterday revealed at least 56,000 ‘excess deaths’ have been recorded in England and Wales alone, while the figure for the entirety of the UK is in the region of 62,000.

And while not all of these people have been direct victims of the coronavirus, many have died because of indirect impacts of the outbreak, such as reduced NHS services.

The London borough of Brent is the worst affected part of England and Wales by this measure, with the number of deaths soaring from 447 in January-May in an average year to 925 in 2020 – an increase of 108 per cent.

Data shows that 17 out of the 20 worst affected places across the two countries are all boroughs of the capital.

Other parts of London that witnessed their death tolls approximately double were Harrow (99.7 per cent increase), Newham (95.4 per cent) and Enfield (90.3 per cent).

The highest increase in deaths outside of London was seen in Hertsmere in Hertfordshire, where fatalities rose by 86.2 per cent from 236 to 439. 

Meanwhile, more than a dozen areas across the two countries actually appeared to be unaffected by the outbreak and saw the numbers of people dying fall to lower-than average levels.  

In North East Lincolnshire the death rate dropped by 8.8 per cent, while it fell by 8.2 per cent in Conwy, Wales, and by five per cent on Anglesey, off the Welsh coast.

PLACE 

Barrow-in-Furness

Ashford

Lancaster

South Lakeland

Sunderland

Gateshead

South Tyneside

Middlesbrough

Blackpool

Oldham

Thanet

Carlisle

Knowsley

Brent

King’s Lynn and West Norfolk

Dartford

Sheffield

St. Helens

Watford

Oxford

TOTAL CASES 

561 

812

798

527

1,381

1,005

745

678

649

1,084

651

493

670

1,476

670                             

479

2,541

753

404

643

CASES PER 100k 

835.6 

628.1

553.2

504.2

497.8

496.3

495.8

482.4

465.9

460.1

459

454.9

447.9

446.2

441.3                          

436.6

436.2

418.2

417.5

416.6

PLACE 

Torridge

Mendip

Hastings

West Lindsey

Rutland

South Hams

West Devon

North Devon

Dorset

North East Lincolnshire

East Devon

Rother

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

Arun

Wiltshire

South Somerset

Teignbridge

South Kesteven

North Kesteven

East Lindsey 

TOTAL CASES 

36

63

55

80

35

80

53

93

365

156                              

141

95

576                              

164

534

184

148

164

135

164 

CASES PER 100k 

52.8

54.8

59.2

84.3

88.2

92.8

95.4

96.8

96.9

97.6                             

97.7

99.3

101.4                           

102.6

107.2

109.6

111.4

115.6

116.4

116.5 

Britain announces 215 more Covid-19 victims as the official death toll edges closer to 40,000 – while data reveals the areas of England and Wales that have recorded the highest rate of ‘excess deaths’ during the pandemic

Britain today announced 215 more coronavirus deaths, taking the official number of victims one step closer to the 40,000 mark.

Department of Health bosses have yet to confirm the final tally, which is expected to be higher because it takes into account deaths in all settings. The preliminary toll is calculated by adding up the updates provided by each of the home nations.

NHS England today recorded 179 more deaths in hospitals, while Wales posted 17 in all settings, followed by 11 in Scotland and eight in Northern Ireland. It means the official number of victims who have died after testing positive is now 39,584 – but other data including suspected deaths shows the true toll is almost 10,000 higher.

Health chiefs yesterday announced 324 deaths – a 68 per cent drop in the space of a fortnight. And a leading statistician predicted Britain is on track to have zero Covid-19 deaths by July.

It comes as a shocking analysis of data today revealed the coronavirus pandemic has driven up rates of excess deaths in some parts of London to double what they are in a usual year.  

Official statistics show the number of Britons who died during the first five months of 2020 was massively higher than average because of the Covid-19 crisis, with 62,000 more victims than expected across the UK.   

The London borough of Brent is the worst affected part of England and Wales by this measure, with the number of deaths soaring from 447 in January-May in an average year to 925 in 2020 – an increase of 108 per cent. 

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Each nation’s health agency report their own figures. These numbers do not always match with the Department of Health count because of a difference in how they are recorded.

NHS England revealed four of the 179 new victims who died had no underlying health conditions. The youngest of the fatalities included a 12 year old who wasn’t named.  

A separate batch of data analysed by The Telegraph shows that 17 out of the 20 worst affected places across the two countries are all boroughs of the capital.

As well as Brent, other parts of London that witnessed their death tolls approximately double were Harrow (99.7 per cent increase), Newham (95.4 per cent) and Enfield (90.3 per cent).

The highest increase in deaths outside of London was seen in Hertsmere in Hertfordshire, where fatalities rose by 86.2 per cent from 236 to 439.

And while not all of these people have been direct victims of the coronavirus, many have died because of indirect impacts of the outbreak, such as reduced NHS services. 

The data includes people who died of any cause between January 1 and May 22 in each of the local authorities in England and Wales. 

More than a dozen areas across the two countries actually appeared to be unaffected by the outbreak and saw the numbers of people dying fall to lower-than average levels.  

In North East Lincolnshire the death rate dropped by 8.8 per cent, while it fell by 8.2 per cent in Conwy, Wales, and by five per cent on Anglesey, off the Welsh coast.

Excess deaths are considered to be an accurate measure of the number of people killed by the pandemic because they include a broader spectrum of victims.

As well as including people who may have died with Covid-19 without ever being tested, the data also shows how many more people died because their medical treatment was postponed, for example, or who didn’t or couldn’t get to hospital when they were seriously ill.

Experts are divided, however, on how accurate excess deaths are as a measure.

Oxford University’s Professor Carl Heneghan yesterday said that comparing deaths this year to an average taken from the past five years overlooked population growth.

He said the average could have been expected to be higher because there are more people, and more elderly people, in the UK than there were in 2015. 

If true, this could mean the impact of the Covid-19 epidemic was overestimated.

The weekly coronavirus death toll in England and Wales has dropped to its lowest levels since the lockdown began in March, promising statistics today revealed. 

Data from the Office for National Statistics showed 1,983 people died across the two counties in the week ending May 22, down from 2,766 a week earlier and the lowest figure for two months.

Every week since March 27 has recorded more fatalities from the virus, showing that Britain is now en route to how it was before the unprecedented lockdown was imposed on March 23.

At the peak of the outbreak, a staggering 16,000 people in England and Wales died of the coronavirus in just two weeks in April. 

But the sobering statistics also show that there have now almost certainly been more than 50,000 people killed by Covid-19 across the UK this year.  

The coronavirus was listed as a contributing factor on the death certificates of at least 47,871 people by May 22, cementing Britain’s position as one of the worst-hit countries in the world.

Meanwhile, the University of Cambridge’s Professor David Spiegelhalter, argued the measure is still useful.

He said: ‘Deaths this year were tracking pretty close to, but below, the five year average. There is no perfect baseline.

‘I still think [the five-year average] is useful to give an idea of trends, peaks and spikes, but it is not a precise measure.’

Professor Heneghan yesterday said he expects the number of deaths to have returned to normal by next week. 

He said: ‘If the trends continue, the deaths look like they will be back to where they should be normally by next week.

‘There’s been a continued reduction in hospital deaths, care home outbreaks are coming down so the “all deaths” by (week) 22 I’m expecting will be back to where we should be.’

Professor Heneghan said there may be no Covid-19 deaths by the end of June – which would follow Spain yesterday. Italy is still reporting between 50 and 100 deaths per day, and France around 30.

‘But it also depends on what happens next, within sporadic outbreaks,’ Professor Heneghan said.

Experts say that unless care home and hospital outbreaks cannot be stopped, deaths caused by the coronavirus will continue at low levels. 

Data published in The Telegraph showed that the top five worst affected areas were Brent, Harrow, Newham, Enfield and Hertsmere, which all had total death increases of more than 86 per cent.

These were followed by Ealing (83 per cent), Haringey (81 per cent), Barnet (80 per cent), Hackney (80 per cent) and Westminster (79 per cent).

Others in the 20 worst-affected areas, most of which were in London, were Croydon, Southwark, Merton, Hammersmith & Fulham, Waltham Forest, Mole Valley (Surrey), Lambeth, Redbridge, Greenwich and Surrey Heath. 

At the other end of the scale, some more rural areas of the country saw the number of people dying drop from its usual level.

This may have been because those areas were relatively untouched by the coronavirus but the lockdown had other health benefits – reducing the transmission of flu, for example, which kills older people, or fewer car crashes.

Or it may simply have been because fewer people were dying anyway and the rate wasn’t increased by the virus as it was in other areas of the country.

The list of areas where the coronavirus appears to have had the least impact on the number of people dying is topped by North East Lincolnshire, where fatalities dropped by 8.8 per cent, and Conwy in Wales, where they fell by 8.2 per cent.

The number of people dying also dropped in Anglesey (-5 per cent), Hastings (-4.9 per cent), Torridge (-4.6 per cent), Mendip (-2.4 per cent) and Rother (-1.5 per cent).

Other areas recording slightly lower than usual numbers of deaths in January to May were Gwynedd, Isle of Wight, Ceredigion, Mid Devon, North Devon and East Devon. 



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