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Covid rate in Havering double the London average

Havering has the fourth highest rate of Covid-19 in England

The rate of coronavirus cases in Havering is double the average across the whole of Greater London, according to the latest weekly figures.

In the capital’s furthest east borough, there were 582.9 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days up to Friday, 11 December.

Across the whole of London, it is just 291.9.

That means that Havering is currently the fourth worst affected area in England, Swale and Medway in Kent, and Basildon in Essex.

The latest data also shows 1513 people who live in Havering tested positive last week, the highest total since the start of the pandemic, although far more tests are being carried out now.

At Queen’s and King Goerge Hospitals, there were 272 Covid-19 patients on Monday, 14 December.

Last week, 25 Covid-related deaths were registered in Havering. The previous week was 26, which is a level not reached since April, when deaths were at their highest.

In an email to the borough’s residents yesterday, Havering’s council leader, Cllr Damian White, said: “We need your help to continue our battle against rising COVID-19 rates in Havering as we move into Tier 3 restrictions from first thing on Wednesday morning (16 December).

“Being in Tier 3 means we get extra help from the Government to continue with testing for secondary school and college pupils, staff and families,” he said. “We are also getting additional resources for our three testing centres for people who experience coronavirus symptoms. From today they will be open from 7am to 9pm every day until 23 December.

“Some things don’t change. Still the best way to prevent catching the virus is by reducing your contact with others outside your household. Ask yourself whether going out shopping or visiting the park at a busy time is absolutely necessary.

“Get a test at one of our testing centres if you have any coronavirus symptoms.

“And please remember not to mix with people indoors from outside your household. Follow the Hands, Face, Space guidance: Wash your hands regularly with soap, cover your face with a mask indoors and in public places, and keep a two-metre distance where possible.”

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