Redbridge registers largest single day spike in coronavirus since lockdown

Redbridge has now seen the largest one-day spike in Covid cases since the peak of the first wave in April.

On September 30, 53 new people tested positive for coronavirus, compared to a highpoint of 54 new cases on April 7.

Figures from the first three days of October appear to show a sharp decline in the number of new cases, falling to zero new positive test results on October 3.

However, it is not yet known if this is accurate or a reflection of delayed processing of test results from recent days.

On October 2, Public Health England discovered that a technical issue had led to 15,841 Covid cases from September 25 to October 2 going unreported.

A spokesperson for Public Health England confirmed that the figures currently shown for Redbridge include any cases previously unreported.

On October 1, Redbridge’s director of public health, Gladys Xavier, reported the borough’s infection rate was 69.8 per 100,000.

She added that the rate of confirmed cases was expected to go up even further as testing capacity increased in the borough.

The borough’s second permanent Covid test centre has now opened in Gants Hill Library car park.

A councillor revealed that the council plans to open a third centre on Charteris Road, near Woodford station.

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Victoria Munro

Local Democracy Reporter