Thursday, 19 March 2020

London has THREE TIMES more coronavirus cases than any other region in the UK

London has three times more cases of the killer coronavirus than any other region in the UK, according to official statistics.

More than 900 cases have already been confirmed in the capital, with the boroughs of Southwark, Westminster and Lambeth the worst affected.  

In comparison, fewer than 300 people have been struck down in the second worst hit region, the South East.

London makes up more than a third of the UK's infection toll, which has already seen 2,626 cases confirmed by health officials. 

It comes as Boris Johnson today said the capital – home to almost 9million people – will not face being locked down this week, after fears had been growing that travel around and in or out of the city would be stopped. 

Despite London being the epicentre of the UK's escalating crisis, the worst affected single authority in England is Hampshire.

London has been described as the 'superspreader city' and the engine of the UK's coronavirus outbreak after the total number of deaths doubled from 16 to 33 in 24 hours yesterday – it is now 37.

Southwark, Westminster, Lambeth, Wandsworth and Kensington and Chelsea are among the 10 hardest hit areas in the UK, each reporting more than 50 cases.

Outside of the capital, the rural counties of Hampshire (77 cases), Hertfordshire (50), and Surrey (39) are facing growing clusters. They are all within South East England, which has so far reported 18 COVID-19 deaths.

A large number of authorities have recorded fewer than 10 cases, including Wiltshire, Bradford, and the London suburbs of Kingston and Richmond. 

Just four authorities – Middlesbrough, North East Lincolnshire, Rutland and Telford and Wrekin – have yet to record their first case. 

Officials have admitted their testing figures do not show the true scale of the outbreak in the UK and claimed tens of thousands of patients could already be infected.

The Government's chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, said the best estimate was to assume there was 1,000 cases for every death.

Health chiefs yesterday revealed 33 more patients had died, up from the 16 recorded the day before. It means 104 fatalities have now been confirmed in the UK. 

Using the Government's maths, this could mean there are around 100,000 cases in the UK.


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