The coronavirus infection rate has passed 100 cases per 100,000 people in every part of the capital.
Three boroughs had a rate higher than 200 in the week to October 23. Ealing, west London, has the highest rate, at 220.3 (754 cases), compared to 153.9 (526) the week before, according to official figures.
The 100 per 100,000 threshold was the threshold used when deciding to move London into tier two coronavirus restrictions on October 17.
Hammersmith and Fulham, west London, is the second worst hit borough, with a rate of 212.3 (393 cases), up from 146.4 (271 cases) the previous week.
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It is followed by Kingston, south-west London, with a rate of 203.9 (362 cases), compared to 122.8 (218) in the seven days before.
Previously the city’s infection hotspots were in the east, suggesting there has been a shift in recent weeks.
However the eastern borough of Redbridge is still the fourth worst infected with a rate of 187.1 (571 cases).
It was followed by Hounslow, west London, with a rate of 187.1 (571 cases), then Hackney at 176.4 (513 cases), Hillingdon at 169.5 (520 cases), Tower Hamlets at 166.9 (542 cases) and Richmond at 156 (309 cases).
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has been calling on the Government to lift the 10pm curfew on pubs and restaurants to help the hospitality sector cope with current lockdown rules.
Second tier restrictions currently ban people from socialising indoors with members of other households, unless part of a support bubble. The nationwide ‘rule of six’ still applies to outdoor gatherings.
With more than 13,000 weekly infections across the capital, some are asking if it will be moved into the most severe tier three lockdown restrictions.
However cases are still lower than places like Knowsley, Merseyside, which had a case rate of 662.2 per 100,000 people when it was placed under the third tier.
Nottingham will move to tier 3 tomorrow, but its rate fell from 726.6 in the seven days to October 15 to 464.4 in the week to October 22, with 1,546 new cases.
Although it had the highest rate in the country, it was not moved to tier three at the same time as Manchester and South Yorkshire because its hospital capacity wasn’t under as much strain and younger people made up the bulk of infections.
However leaders of tier three regions have said they haven’t been told of the logic used by Downing Street to upgrade their areas.
Warrington Council leader Russ Bowden told Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘There are no clear rules about what the success criteria are with the tiers and how you move between the different tiered layers.’
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