Cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant are rising and rules on face coverings and travel testing have been tightened in England.

The latest all-variant Covid case rates have been released for every local authority area in England and in just about most of them, infections are falling.

However, in south east London, the case rate in every single borough is rising.

Nationally, 197 out of the 377 local areas in England (52 per cent) have seen a fall in cases, and 177 (47 per cent) have seen a rise.

Three are unchanged.

These figures are accurate for the seven days to November 27 – with most recent days excluded for accuracy.

They are compared with a week prior – the seven days to November 20.

The figures are based on the number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in either a lab-reported or rapid lateral flow test, by specimen date.

As of December 1, there were 22 confirmed Omicron cases across the UK - including in Lewisham and Bexley.

The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.

Here are the south east London coronavirus case rates:


The coronavirus rate in Bexley has risen from 351.8 (877 cases) to 403.1 (1,005 cases).

One Omicron variant case was confirmed in Bexley on Wednesday.


In Bromley, the rate has risen to 444.2 (1,478 cases) from 396.7 (1,320 cases).


Greenwich’s rate has risen to 316.9 (916 cases) from 276.1 (798 cases).


In Lewisham, cases have risen from 275.1 (840 cases) to 340.3 (1,039 cases).

Two Omicron variant cases were confirmed in Lewisham on Wednesday.


Southwark’s Covid rate has risen from 233.7 (748 cases) to 307.2 (983 cases).


Nearby in Dartford, the coronavirus rate has risen to 423.5 (483 cases) from 349.8 (399 cases).

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