Coronavirus: Daily covid cases in Kingston taper off as lockdown begins

The daily number of positive cases of Covid-19 fell in Kingston as the country entered a second national lockdown, eight months after the outbreak began in March.

On Thursday, November 5, the first day of lockdown, 39 new cases were reported, in Kingston taking the total case numbers reported in the past week to 243, according to the UK Government.

The second wave in Kingston peaked on October 21, which recorded 79 new cases in one day.

The rate of infections in Kingston is 147.6 cases per 100,000 people. 

There was one new death within 28 days of a positive test for coronavirus reported on Friday, November 6. A total of 119 deaths were reported, during that same period. 

Second lockdown

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and MPs voted on Wednesday, November 4, to begin a month-long national lockdown ending on December 2 to curb the spread of the virus.

“I want to assure you this is not a repeat of the spring,” said Johnson at a news conference in Downing Street.

He promised the restrictions would automatically expire on December 2 and then, the country will revert to tiered restrictions.

Pubs, restaurants, and non-essential shops must close as part of the new restrictions, but takeaways are allowed.

Households should not intermix while indoors unless members are part of a support bubble.

However, unlike the first lockdown, schools, universities, and colleges will stay open.   

The Government said the decision to implement a second lockdown was to prevent NHS hospitals from being overwhelmed by coronavirus cases.

Fewer than other regions

In London, there were 145 coronavirus patients admitted to hospital on a mechanical ventilator on November 3. 

Overall case numbers in London rose to a total of 2,083 on November 5 compared to 1,951 recorded the previous week. 

There were 378 deaths within 28 days of a positive test for coronavirus reported on November 5.

By contrast, the North West of England had 4,594 new cases on November 5 with a rate of 413.5 cases per 100,000 people.



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