A summary of the Covid-19 situation in Lambeth.

Key messages

We are seeing a rising tide of coronavirus cases across London. The increase is now affecting a broader range of ages, so it is no longer just young people. The government has announced that the whole of London is being placed on the watchlistdue to the steadily increasing transmission of Covid-19. Whilst the number of cases by borough varies, if the general trend continues then the situation may escalate. Our aim therefore is to slow the spread of the virus and avoid more hospital admissions and deaths. The most effective way of helping to stop the spread remains adhering to government guidelines. The Prime Minister has announced new and strengthened measures around social distancing, the rule of six, wearing face coverings and washing hands. They are:

COVID-19 rates are rising in Lambeth and across London.

From Thursday 24 September, pubs, bars and restaurants must operate a full table service and must close at 10pm.

Face coverings will be mandatory for retail staff, PHVs and taxis and hospitality except when sitting down to eat.

The introduction of new penalties and fines for businesses who do not operate a Covid-secure environment.

From Monday 28 September, weddings will be able to host a maximum of 15 guests. Funerals will continue to have 30 attendees.

The rule of 6 is to be adopted for all indoor adult sports.

There will be a pause on events, conferences and audiences at sporting fixtures.

Those who are able to work from home should do so. Doing the things we enjoy makes us feel more positive, but we need to do them safely and follow the guidance, especially around social distancing and self-isolation.

We can stop the virus spreading by all playing our part:

- Limit social contact by: avoiding crowded spaces and maintaining social distancing
- Wear face coverings on public transport, in shops, and other enclosed spaces
- Wash your hands regularly or use hand sanitizer when unable to wash your hands

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

If you find it difficult to stay at home and self isolate, contact 0333 360 3700 or email mycommunity@ageuklambeth.org

By taking these actions we can protect each other and keep Lambeth open for business

Covid-19 situation information

In response to the rising number of cases from Monday 14 September a new "rule of six" will apply limiting social gatherings to a maximum of 6 people.

Covid-19 situation in Lambeth

As part of our outbreak and control plan 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.

We can all help reduce the risk of further outbreaks and protect ourselves, family and friends by:

  • maintaining a social distance of 2 metres
  • using face coverings when social distancing is not possible or when we are indoors in shops, or using public transport and other public buildings
  • regular hand washing or cleansing with an alcohol based hand sanitiser.

Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 should immediately contact NHS testing and tracing or call 119 to order a free test.

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 1862 24 09 2020
Number of cases in the last 14 days in Lambeth 128 24 09 2020
Lambeth 7 day case rate (per 100,000 people) 19.9 24 09 2020
Total number of Covid-19 deaths in Lambeth 293 11 09 2020
Measure England London Date of most recent data
R 1.2- 1.5 1.2 - 1.5 24 09 2020
Growth rate % per day +4 to +8 +4 to +9 24 09 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