Hopes reinforced today that the devastating second wave of Covid-19 in London is peaking as 11 boroughs continued to show a drop in the number of cases.
Bromley saw the largest decline in confirmed cases in the week to Jan.8, of 18.3%, followed by Richmond with 18.1%, Kingston 15.6%, Havering 14.3%, Sutton 13, 8% and Merton 11.8%.
There were smaller declines at Tower Hamlets of 5.8%, Redbridge 4.8%, Barnet 2.2%, Hackney and the City of London 1.1% and Enfield 0.4%.
The numbers are particularly volatile at the moment due to the Christmas and New Year breaks and are slightly worse in many areas of the capital compared to the week of January 7, when 14 arrondissements were experiencing declines.
The seven-day rate fell from 1,007.2 to 1,047.2 new cases per 100,000 Londoners.
However, more areas are expected to experience drops again tomorrow and the seven-day rate is currently lower than the so far high of 1116.5 in the week to January 4.
The encouraging data on the cases, however, came as the number of deaths within 28 days of people testing positive for the virus rose to 1,564 in the UK on Wednesday on the deadliest day yet, including 231 in London , or the total in the capital. at 10.353.
There have been 47,525 new confirmed cases, including 10,020 in the capital, which, although worrying, remain below levels in recent days.
They face unprecedented pressure from the coronavirus outbreak, with ExCel Center’s Nightingale Hospital in Docklands reopening as admissions are expected to increase.
Health chiefs, families of Covid victims and ministers are calling on people to follow the rules to prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed and to prevent more deaths.
Worryingly, the seven-day rate among Londoners aged 60 and over rose to 914.7 new cases per 100,000 in the week to January 8, from 911.6 on January 4, while in the group of at younger age, it is down from 1156.8 to 1073.2.
Even though the second wave peaked in the capital and other parts of the country, the number of cases may take longer than in the first wave to decrease significantly as the new variant of the virus spreads more. easily.
The government’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, told ITV’s Peston program: “The daily numbers jump a bit, but I think we are able now – when you look at the number of infections we have had these past few weeks and how it’s probably going to continue, so I don’t think they’re going to drop very quickly – I’m afraid we’re in a period of high fatalities that’s going to continue for a few weeks.
“It will not decrease quickly even if the measures in place begin to reduce the number of infections.
“So we are in a rather dark period, I’m afraid.
But Sir Patrick said it seemed like things were “flattening out” in some areas.
“I think what we know now, what we didn’t know a few weeks ago, was would this type of restriction be enough to get this virus under control with the new variant?” And the answer is yes, it looks like it does, and things are flattening out at least in some places, not everywhere. ”
Pharmacies today joined more than 1,000 other vaccination centers, including hospitals, general medicine centers and community wards, in the race to administer the Covid-19 vaccine to an estimated 14 million people aged 70 years and over, residents and workers of care centers, health care and social services caregivers and people particularly vulnerable to the disease.
Britain is one of the top countries in terms of the proportion of people vaccinated so far, with just over 2.6 million people, but there are concerns that the supply of doses may hold back the roll-out of injections .
With the country in its third lockdown, tens of thousands of businesses are at risk, along with hundreds of thousands of jobs.
Full figures for London show that in Bromley there were 3,073 cases in the week to January 8, down 690 (18.3%) with a rate of 924.7, Richmond 1,074 cases, down 237 (18.1%) with a rate of 542.4, Kingston 1,250 cases, down 231 (15.6%) with a rate of 704.2, Havering 2,962 cases, down 496 (14.3%) with a rate of 1,141.2, Sutton 1986 cases, down 317 (13.8%) with a rate of 962.4, Merton 1,908 cases, down 256 (11.8%) with a rate of 923, 8, Tower Hamlets 3,826 cases, down 234 (5.8%) with a rate of 1,178.2, Rebridge 4,210 cases, down 214 (4.8%) with a rate of 1,379.3, Barnet 3,943 cases , down 89 (2.2%) with a rate of 996, Hackney and City of London 2,672 cases, down 31 (1.1%) with a rate of 918.7, and Enfield 4,104 cases, down 15 (0.4%) with a rate of 1229.5.
Bexley saw 3,035 cases, up 27 (0.9%) with a rate of 1,222.4, Camden 1,850 cases, up 42 (2.3%) with a rate of 685.1, Haringey 2,892 cases, up 79 (2.8%) with a rate of 1076.5, Westminster 1,560 cases, up 51 (3.4%) with a rate of 597, Islington 1995 cases, up 70 (3.6 %) with a rate of 822.8, Wandsworth 2,663 cases, up 100 (3.9%) with a rate of 807.8, Harrow 2,473 cases, up 92 (3.9%) with a rate of 984.6, Barking and Dagenham 3,474 cases, up 142 (4.3%) with rate of 1,631.7, Waltham Forest 3,286 cases, up 136 (4.3%) with rate of 1,186.4 , Hammersmith and Fulham 1,446 cases, up 74 (5.4%) with a rate of 781, Greenwich 3,277 cases, up 192 (6.2%) with a rate of 1,138.1, and Hounslow 3,175 cases, up 205 (6.9%) with a rate of 1169.3.
In Croydon there were 4,383 cases, up 299 (7.3%) with a rate of 1133.4, Lewisham 3,314 cases, up 255 (8.3%) with a rate of 1,083.6, Newham 5,233 cases, up from 407 (8.4%) with a rate of 1481.9, Kensington and Chelsea 1,100 cases, up from 111 (11.2%) with a rate of 704.5, Hillingdon 3,313 cases, in up 361 (12.2%) with rate of 1079.6, Brent 3721 cases, up 438 (13.3%) with rate of 1128.4, Lambeth 3,305 cases, up 438 (15, 3%) with a rate of 1,013.7, Southwark 3,444 cases, up 496 (16.8%) with a rate of 1,080.2, and Ealing 3,901 cases, up 762 (24.3%) with a rate of 1141.3.