Daily hospital admissions of people with Covid-19 have dipped inoto single figures in London, whilst local south east London boroughs are also reporting dramatic falls in the number of new cases.

Just five coronavirus patients were admitted to hospitals in the capital on Friday, July 3, the same number as north-west England, south-west England and eastern England, whilst there were six in the south-east.

In all these regions except south-west England, which had previously dipped to below one, these were the lowest daily totals for Covid-19 admissions since mid-March.

At the peak of the outbreak, London had 883 Covid-19 hospital admissions on a single day (March 29).

The figures, compiled by NHS England, had been a regular part of the daily Downing Street press conference, where they were announced together with the overall numbers for hospital admissions in the UK.

Locally, according to Public Health England's updated list of new Covid-19 cases in England by local authority area, the figures for the week ending June 28 suggest south east London to be recovering strongly.

Showing the number of cases per 100,000 population, Bexley has the highest number in south east London with 3.5, but this represents a drop from 4.5 last week.

Greenwich currently has 2.5 cases per 100,000 people (decrease from 3.1), Lewisham has 1.7 (drop from 2.0) and Bromley has 0.6 (a large drop from 2.1 last week).

In total, Bromley has recorded 1,512 cases, Lewisham 1,189, Bexley 1,042 and Greenwich 945.

Two regions of England reported hospital admissions not in single figures on July 3: the combined region of north-east England & Yorkshire, which had 10 admissions, and the Midlands where 11 were admitted.

It means that overall there were 47 Covid-19 admissions across England on July 3.

This was the first time the number for England has dipped below 100 since the data began on March 17.


Daily Covid-19 hospital admissions in England peaked on March 31 at 3,099.

The numbers on admissions fluctuate from day to day - for example, London recorded 28 admissions on June 29, 53 on June 20, then 27 on July 1.

But for a majority of regions to have now dipped below 10 admissions for the first time suggests the slow downward trend in admissions, which has been under way across England since early April, is continuing for the time being.

Separate figures also from NHS England show the number of people in hospital with Covid-19 in England on July 5 stood at 1,923.

This is the lowest total since March 20, and down from a peak of 17,172 on April 12.

In total, there have been 33,836 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in London, compared to 245,483 across the whole of England.

Bromley has recorded 1,512 total cases, Lewisham 1,189, Bexley 1,042 and Greenwich 945.

This comes as lockdown restrictions have once again been eased, with drinkers flocking to popular areas like Soho to take advantage of the return of pubs and bars, with hairdressers and restaurants also now allowed to reopen.