Enfield Covid-19 rate among UK’s highest

A graph showing the increasing Covid-19 case rate in Enfield
A graph showing the increasing Covid-19 case rate in Enfield

Report by Simon Allin, Local Democracy Reporter

The seven-day coronavirus infection rate has nearly doubled in Enfield, as the borough enters the highest level of government Covid-19 restrictions.

The latest data shows the rate of new cases per 100,000 people reached 424.4 last week – up by 89% on the previous week. As of Tuesday this week, Enfield had the third highest case rate in London and seventh highest in the UK.

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 revised.

Within the borough, ‘Southbury East’ saw the highest number of new cases – 48 in the seven days up to 9th December, according to the latest information published on an interactive government map of ‘middle layer super output areas’.

Other areas with high numbers include Bowes (47 cases), Lower Edmonton South (44), Ponders End South (43) and Southbury West (41).

Health secretary Matt Hancock announced on Monday that the whole of the capital would be placed into Tier 3 – the highest level of Covid-19 restrictions – starting from Wednesday morning.

It means pubs, bars and restaurants are closing their doors once again and can only offer takeaways, drive-throughs and deliveries. Shops can remain open but must follow guidelines to prevent the spread of infection.

Mixing between households is banned indoors and in private gardens unless they are in a support bubble. Groups of up to six people can meet in some outdoor public spaces, such as parks and public gardens.

A full breakdown of Tier 3 restrictions is available here: gov.uk/guidance/tier-3-very-high-alert