Posted: 17.08.20 at 18:45 by The Editor
There has been a sudden steep rise in Covid-19 cases in Richmond, with 24 people testing positive in just four days.
As of last Monday (August 11) the town's infection rate stood at 287.9 cases per 100,000 people in the population.
But a sharp increase in positive tests has pushed this rate to exactly 300 cases per 100,000, official figures up to Saturday, August 15 show.
We reported how three people in Richmond tested positive for the virus on both August 8 and 10. These were the first times that there were three new cases in a single day for a number of weeks.
The number of people testing positive since then has been even greater.
Tuesday, August 11: 5 new cases
August 12: 11
August 13: 4
August 14: 4
This has pushed the borough's infection rate northwards - at the end of July, our rate was 278.8 cases per 100,000 people in the population.
Coronavirus has been on the rise by similar rates across the country. On July 31, the UK's average infection rate was 465.4. It is now 488.9.
London's has risen more slowly, from 396.8 cases per 100,000 people at the end of July to 413.9 today.