Coronavirus cases in Enfield below national average

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Sharp fall in number of local people testing positive for Covid-19, reports Simon Allin, Local Democracy Reporter

Sharp falls in the seven-day coronavirus infection rates in Enfield have taken them below the UK average for the first time this year.

The number of new Covid-19 cases in Enfield was 123 per 100,000 people during the seven days up to Wednesday 10th February – down 43% on the previous seven-day figure.

This decline saw the borough’s rates drop below the UK-wide figure of 150 new Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people and the London average of 138 cases per 100,000 people.

It is a sharp contrast to the figures seen at the start of the year, when Enfield had infection rates above 1,000 cases per 100,000 people during the first week in January. The borough was consistently among the top ten hardest-hit local areas between early December and mid-January.

Upper Edmonton is currently the worst-hit part of Enfield, with 27 new cases in the seven-day period. Brimsdown and Ponders End, Enfield Chase, Crews Hill and World’s End have seen the lowest case numbers, with fewer than three in each area.

With the vaccine rollout continuing, the government has pledged to announce a “roadmap” out of the current lockdown on Monday 22nd February. The Dispatch reported on Tuesday that while vaccinations were on target nationally, data for North London shows the area lagging behind most of the rest of the country.

The latest infection rate data is based on figures from Public Health England published on the government’s online coronavirus dashboard. It is subject to slight variations, as the figures are continually updated.