The number of cases of coronavirus in the capital has increased to 4,637, it was announced today.
Cases have risen by 719 to 4,637, showing that diagnosed cases of the virus are showing no signs of stopping. Just a week ago, the total stood at 1,221. (Featured image: Public Health England)
The increase can also be seen across the country, with a total of 2,885 new cases confirmed today.
It’s believed that the ‘true’ number of infections is likely to be much greater, with tens of thousands of people exhibiting mild symptoms and to being able to be tested.
London has around 32% of total coronavirus cases in the UK, amounting to 4,637 of the 14,543 nationwide. Overall, it was confirmed today, there have been 759 deaths, including an increase of 181 today alone. 62 of these new cases have been in London, amounting to more than a third of the UK total.
Some London boroughs are experiencing higher levels of infection than others. The current case-count by borough is…
Hackney and the City of London: 134
Waltham Forest: 130
Tower Hamlets: 129
Kensington and Chelsea: 116
Hammersmith and Fulham: 112
Barking and Dagenham: 82
Richmond upon Thames: 68
Kingston upon Thames: 52
[Source: Public Health England]
Westminster has seen a daily increase of 17 cases, amongst which is Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who announced today that he tested positive for the virus after developing mild symptoms. Other politicians diagnosed with the virus include health secretary Matt Hancock, while chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty self-isolates with mild symptoms.
After experiencing symptoms compatible with COVID-19 last night, in line with the guidance, I will be self-isolating at home for the next seven days.
I will be continuing to advise the Government on the medical response to Coronavirus, supported by my deputies.
— Professor Chris Whitty (@CMO_England) March 27, 2020
The city is in the grip of serious new measures to curb the spread of the illness. See:
• Here’s everything you can and can’t do during lockdown.
• Here’s what you need to know about the new supermarket restrictions.
We’re covering all you need to know about how coronavirus is changing London life here.
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