Covid-19 in London

Covid-19 in London

The prevalence of new cases in the 32 boroughs of Greater London

Some older browsers/devices may be unable to load the interactive visualisation with London details. Assuming you can view it, you can examine the evolution of the case rates by clicking (or tapping) on the timeline at the bottom of the chart. Then you can slide either end point of the timeline if you wish. You can add a comparison with some reporting area(s) outside London by clicking “⊕ Add region” and selecting your desired option(s). You may want to simplify the chart by removing some of the boroughs, which can be achieved by clicking “⊕ Add region” and deselecting some of the checked boxes.

Extracted from Our World in Data’s visu­al­i­sa­tions of the pandemic in the UK, the inter­ac­tive chart above shows the latest preva­lence of covid-19 by London borough. New case rates in the worst affected boroughs are around four times higher than those in the least affected boroughs (up from 2½ times higher a month ago).

London has fallen from being the worst affected UK region in late December and early January to being among the least affected English regions now. When this page was last updated the declines in new case rates were levelling off in most metro­pol­itan boroughs and a handful were showing signs of rising again, perhaps as a result of the reopening of schools.

In the early stages of the most recent wave, the counties of Kent and Essex were partic­u­larly badly affected and the London boroughs closest to those counties expe­ri­enced high rates of local trans­mis­sion. The relevant boroughs included Bexley, Havering, Barking & Dagenham and Redbridge. However, the boroughs currently topping the table are on the western side of London.

Since Hidden London first added this page, in January 2021, Kingston upon Thames has gone from being the least affected borough to one of the worst. The flare-up seems to be focused on the Hook and Chess­ington area.

As well as the decline in cases, hospital admis­sions and deaths have also fallen rapidly. Hopefully, with the success of the vacci­na­tion roll-out, these will stay low even if cases begin to rise again when lockdown restric­tions are relaxed.

Text last updated 15 March 2021. The charts are auto­mat­i­cally updated daily, usually around 5pm, UK time.