Published On: Wed, Dec 16th, 2020

Its Tier 3 for London after a surge in Covid 19 cases

As London prepares to go into tier 3 lockdown starting from Midnight today. Hospitality and pub businesses stare at losses and uncertainty once again. Some boroughs have recorded more cases than others.

A combination of “deep deprivation and overcrowding” as well keeping schools open have been given as reasons for the steep rise of Covid-19 cases in East London.

Before it was announced that the whole of London would be moving into Tier 3, East London had some of the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the capital and in England.

Local authorities for these areas have tried to put their finger on why cases skyrocketed so much in some parts of the city compared to others and have said that East London faces “unique challenges”.

The four boroughs of Havering, Redbridge, Waltham Forest and Barking and Dagenham saw significant increases in cases in the week leading up to December 11 with Havering registering the highest rate of 583 cases per 100,000 people.

Mark Ansell, Director of Public Health for Havering Council, said: “We are incredibly concerned about the rapid rise of Covid cases within Havering, but it is clear from our data that there is no one, single group that has caused this rise.

“We have to consider multiple factors when assessing how we can reduce the r-rate, including children within schools, and working-age people. To help tackle these factors, we have increased testing for secondary schools.”

Redbridge had 1,350 cases in the week leading up to December 13.

Gladys Xavier, Director of Public Health for Redbridge council, said: “We do have some unique challenges in East London – we have pockets of deep deprivation, we have very diverse communities, and we have issues around overcrowding – all of this makes us even more vulnerable.

“In addition, we also know that we have more frontline workers living in the area – people who work in health, social care, transport, etc.

“This means more people, who we all rely on to work, but who can’t work from home.”

Source: agencies

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