Covid-19 stats

A summary of the Covid-19 situation in Lambeth.

Key message

Please note the COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly in Lambeth.  The following data will be updated regularly, however it may not represent the current picture.

Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do changed on 12 April. However, many restrictions remain in place. You must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with or have formed a support bubble with. You should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the number of journeys you make where possible.

More changes to the rules will come on 17 May. However, many restrictions remain in place. You should continue to work from home if you can. When travelling within the UK, you should aim to do so safely and plan your journey in advance. You should get a test and follow the stay at home guidance if you have COVID-19 symptoms. Read more about how the rules will change on the 17 May.

Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do.

Case data suggests the incidence rate in Lambeth is levelling off. The current case rate of 15.3 per 100,000 with 50 positive cases (03 May – 09 May) is a 6% increase in the case rate compared to the previous week (26 Apr – 02 May, 14.4 per 100,00 with 47 positive cases).

Surge testing was in effect across the borough between 13 April and 26 April. After an initial peak of 22.7 confirmed cases per 100,000 in the first week, the rate has decreased to 15.3 per 100,000 (a 33% reduction in the incidence rate).

Due to surge testing in Lambeth the testing rate reached a peak of 2,133 per 100,000, the current rate has decreased to 326.8 per 100,000. The current rate is a decrease of 2% compared to the period before surge testing (06 Apr - 12 Apr when the rate was 335 per 100,000. Data suggests positivity is increasing is now 0.6%, suggesting the level of circulating virus is still low.

The number of patients in hospital with COVID-19 (38 patients) has started to level off following a substantial decrease, the lowest since October and a 96% decrease since peak number of occupied beds. ONS have reported 0 deaths in the last week (24 Apr – 30 Apr).

We must stay at home, go out only if necessary, and ensure we adhere to the key COVID-19 prevention measures: good ventilation, social distancing, face coverings/masks and hand hygiene

It is now more important than ever we play our part and prevent the virus from 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 (Coronavirus Covid-19 NHS 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.

Coronavirus in Lambeth - key information (latest data)

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).

Measure Value Date of most recent data
Total number of confirmed cases in Lambeth 24,363 12 05 2021
Number of cases in the last 14 days in Lambeth 97 09 05 2021
Lambeth 7 day case rate (per 100,000 people) 15.3 09 05 2021
Total number of Covid-19 deaths in Lambeth 577 30 04 2021

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

Measure England London Date of most recent data
R 0.8 - 1.0 0.8 - 1.1 15 05 2021
Growth rate % per day  -3 to 0 -3 to 1 15 05 2021

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 Demographics 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 a 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 anybody 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 changes 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