171 further coronavirus cases in Newham

The number of coronavirus cases in Newham increased by 171 in the last 24 hours, official figures show.

A Coronavirus testing centre in Dalston, east London. There were a further 6,042 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK as of 9am on Saturday, taking the overall number to 429,277. A further 34 deaths were recorded.
A Coronavirus testing centre in Dalston, east London. There were a further 6,042 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK as of 9am on Saturday, taking the overall number to 429,277. A further 34 deaths were recorded.

The number of coronavirus cases in Newham increased by 171 in the last 24 hours, official figures show.

A total of 43,876 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 in Newham when the UK coronavirus daily dashboard was updated on August 20 (Friday), up from 43,705 on Thursday.

The rate of infection in Newham now stands at 12,350 cases per 100,000 people, far higher than the England average of 9,918.

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    Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 36,987 over the period, to 6,429,147.

    However, there were no new coronavirus deaths recorded in the latest 24-hour period in Newham.

    The dashboard shows 631 people had died in the area by August 20 (Friday) – which was unchanged from Thursday.

    It means there have been three deaths in the past week, which is an increase on one the previous week.

    They were among 15,953 deaths recorded across London.

    The figures include anyone who died within 28 days of a positive test result for Covid-19, and whose usual residence was in Newham.

    Daily death counts are revised each day, with each case backdated to the actual date of death, so some areas might see their figures revised down.

    The figures also show that nearly half of people in Newham have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.

    The latest figures show 160,650 people had received both jabs by August 19 (Thursday) – 46% of those aged 18 and over, based on the number of people on the National Immunisation Management Service database.

    Across England, 76% of people aged 18 and above had received a second dose of the jab.

    Unlike at local level, the national rate was calculated using mid-2020 population estimates from the Office for National Statistics.