A summary of the Covid-19 situation in Lambeth.

Key messages

National lockdown restrictions were on 2nd December. New local restrictions are in place and London has been placed in tier 2 of these new restrictions. More detailed information about what you can and cannot do in Tier 2 of local restrictions

To find out what tier other areas are in please follow this link

Cases remain high in Lambeth but have recently levelled off and early signs suggest a reduction. Unfortunately, admissions to hospital for COVID 19 continue to increase and sadly a small number of deaths have been reported. Cases affect all age groups with higher infection rates in the younger population. However, cases in the older population are increasing too. Anyone can get severely ill with Covid 19, even fit, healthy and young people, and some people can be unwell for months. However, it is older people who are more likely to become severely ill with Covid 19.

Read more about the current restrictions and the actions you can take to stop the spread of covid-19.

It is now more important than ever we play our part and prevent the virus spreading:

• Avoid travelling. You should only leave your home for food, medical reasons, exercise, or work - if you cannot work from home.

• Get tested. If you are not feeling well, get tested. If you test positive for COVID-19, you must self isolate.

• You must continue to wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering, and maintain social distance

If you have Covid-19 symptoms (new cough, high temperature, loss of taste or smell) - book a free test immediately or call 119 and self isolate by staying at home.

If you find it difficult to stay at home and self isolate, contact 0333 360 3700 or email By taking these actions we can protect each other and keep Lambeth open for business.

View the data

As part of our Lambeth outbreak and control plan we are committed to sharing the information we have about the Covid-19 situation in Lambeth.

By understanding the number of cases in the borough residents can support us to prevent further local outbreaks.

We will update this data on a weekly basis and it will be used to inform any change in control measures to contain the virus. Click below to view a PDF with the latest data and analysis, there are also tables further down this page which show the current situation and explain how some of the data is collected and calculated.

Covid-19 key information

The data presented in the tables below are taken from several different sources. The tables show the number of cases of Covid-19 in Lambeth since February 2020, the number of cases within the last 14 days in Lambeth, the Lambeth 7 day case rate, and the total number of deaths due to Covid-19 since February 2020. In addition to these data, we give the R and growth rate values from the Government Office of Science (OGS) and the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).

More detailed information on how the R value and the growth rate value are calculated are available from the OGS page.

Our summary document, coronavirus in Lambeth - key information, is available to download and provides comparison of rates and number of cases in Lambeth and other parts of London.

Measure Value Date of most recent data
Total number of confirmed cases in Lambeth 5633 02 11 2020
Number of cases in the last 14 days in Lambeth 671 02 12 2020
Lambeth 7 day case rate (per 100,000 people) 100.8 02 12 2020
Total number of Covid-19 deaths in Lambeth 301 20 11 2020
Measure England London Date of most recent data
R 0.9 - 1.0 1.0 - 1.2 27 11 2020
Growth rate % per day -2 to 0 +1 to +1.1 27 11 2020

The data summarized in these tables are taken from a number of different sources.

Resource Link
Case numbers and death data Case numbers and death data are from Public Health England (PHE)
R and growth rates R and growth rates are from OGS and SAGE

How are the number of cases counted?

The number of cases shown in these tables is taken from the UK Government Covid-19 dashboard. Using their definition, positive cases are identified by a positive laboratory result from specimens taken from people within the United Kingdom.

Lambeth's public health team receive data from Public Health England for all positive cases in Lambeth, using this we determine the total number of cases and the population rate (the number of cases for every 100,000 people in Lambeth).

How are the number of deaths counted?

Death data comes from three sources (NHS England, PHE, data linkages to the NHS Demographic Batch Service), this identifies as many people with a confirmed case who have died as possible. These sources are combined and any duplicate records are removed.

The number of deaths in England includes all deaths previously reported by NHS England, but also includes other deaths of patients who were confirmed cases, whether they died in hospital or elsewhere.

What is an R value?

The reproduction number (R) is the average number of people who become infected from a single infected person.

If the published R number is 1, on average every person who is infected is infecting one other person, this means the total number of infections is stable and the disease is not going away.

If the published R number is greater than 1, on average every person who is infected is infecting more than one other person, this means the total number of infections is increasing and the disease is spreading.

If the published R number is less than 1, on average every person who is infected is not infecting any body else, this means the total number of infections is decreasing.

The R number can, and will change, as it is affected by the number of contacts between people. The fewer contacts there are between people reduces the chance of transmission of the disease.

What is the growth rate?

The growth rate reflects how quickly the number of infections change day by day.

If the growth rate is zero, the epidemic is stable and not growing.

If the growth rate is greater than zero (+ positive), the epidemic is growing.

If the growth rate is less than zero (- negative) then the epidemic is shrinking.

Covid-19 Resources

Resource Link
Lambeth's Covid-19 hub Lambeth's Covid-19 hub
Keeping Lambeth safe Lambeth Country Show and Coronavirus
NHS information about coronavirus NHS information about Coronavirus
UK Government coronavirus dashboard Coronavirus dashboard
Lambeth outbreak and control plan Lambeth outbreak and control plan
Government Office for Science Government Office for Science
Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies