Thousands of new coronavirus cases in Kingston and Richmond

Both Kingston and Richmond reported more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases apiece in the week up to December 30, new data from Public Health England (PHE) has shown.

The data showed both South West London boroughs reflecting a wider trend of surging cases that prompted the UK government to announce a third national lockdown from Wednesday (January 6) to fight the spread of the virus.

In Kingston, there were 1,365 new cases of the virus in the seven days up to December 30.

That reflected a sharp increase of 215 more than the previous seven days, a jump of 18.7 per cent.

Kingston borough’s ‘rolling rate’ of infections per 100,000 people stood at 769, far higher than the rate for England as a whole (518.5).

Richmond too reported over 1,000 new infections of Covid-19 in the seven days up to December 30, though the increase was less steep than in Kingston.

According to the data there were 1,272 new cases in the borough over the time period.

That represented a rise of 25 or 2.0 per cent on the previous week’s figures according to PHE.

The rolling rate per 100,000 people in the borough (642.4) was also lower than in Kingston but still higher than England’s average.

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