London’s Covid cases by borough revealed amid hopes second wave in capital may have peaked

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COvid-19 cases have fallen in eight boroughs, according to the latest weekly figures, raising hopes that the second wave in London may have peaked.

They show that the number of confirmed cases has declined in part of southwest London, with the largest drop in Richmond of just over 16% in the week to January 6.
However, Covid rates remain high across the capital and case numbers have been particularly volatile over the Christmas period, so it’s too early to say that the second wave has definitely peaked in the capital.
The latest figures still make a grim reading with:
  • Four districts still register more than 4,000 new cases per week. There were 4,966 in Newham, 4,218 in Redbridge, 4,158 in Croydon and 4,096 in Enfield
  • Twenty-four boroughs still see weekly increases, although five of them less than 2%, notably Westminster (0.7%), Tower Hamlets (0.9%), Havering (1%), Hillingdon (1 , 1%) and Redbridge (1.5%)
  • Fifteen boroughs still have a seven-day Covid rate of over 1,000 new cases per 100,000 residents in the week of January 6, with Barking and Dagenham the worst at 1569.2, followed by Newham on 1406.3 and Redbridge 1381.9 , East London remains the most difficult strike zone
  • There were 90,270 cases in London in the week to January 6, up from just under 100,000 in the week to January 4, with the seven-day rate falling to 1,007.3 from 1,115.5, respectively.
  • The seven-day rate declines more sharply among people under the age of 60, to 1,036.4, and a still worrying figure of 859.1 for those aged 60 and over who are more likely to suffer from a serious illness if they are infected.
  • Many hospitals in the capital are struggling to cope with the rising number of Covid patients, with 6,050 admissions in the week to January 9, bringing the total number of hospitals to 7,799 as of January 11, with 1,073 so sick they are on ventilators.
An increase in hospital admissions tends to occur around two to three weeks after an increase in cases, so the number of patients with Covid is expected to increase further, inevitably with more deaths.
The government is therefore in a race to immunize an estimated 14 million people aged 70 and over, residents and staff of health centers, frontline care and health workers, as well as other vulnerable people. ‘here in mid-February, while seeking to reverse the rise of the epidemic.
Full figures show that Richmond there were 1,085 cases in the week of january 6, down from 210 (16.2%) with a rate of 547.9 Merton 1,841 cases, down 253 (12.1%) with a rate of 891.3, Bromley 3,158 cases, down from 373 (10.6%) with a rate of 950.2, Sutton 2,000 cases, down from 181 (8.3%) with a rate of 969.2, Kingston 1,286 cases, down from 98 (7.1%) with a rate of 724.5, Barnet 3,747 cases, down 150 (3.8%) with a rate of 946.5, Herse 2,298 cases, down from 80 (3.4%) with a rate of 915, and Wandsworth 2,482 cases, down from five (0.2%) with a rate of 752.9.
Westminster saw 1472 cases, up 10 (0.7%) with a rate of 563.3, Tower hamlets 3,788 cases, up 32 (0.9%) with a rate of 1,166.5, Havering 3140 cases, up 30 (1%) with a rate of 1209.8, Hillingdon 3,032 cases, up from 33 (1.1%) with a rate of 988, Redbridge 4,218 cases, up from 64 (1.5%) with a rate of 1,381.9, Camden 1,772 cases, up 44 (2.5%) with a rate of 656.2, Enfield 4,096 cases, up 108 (2.7%) with a rate of 1,227.1, Hammersmith et Fulham 1332 cases, up 41 (3.2%) with a rate of 719.4, Bexley 2,945 cases, up 96 (3.4%) with a rate of 1,186.1, Haringey 2,770 cases, up 91 (3.4%) with a rate of 1,031.1, Hackney and the City of London 2,601 cases, up 95 (3.8%) with a rate of 894.3, and Waltham Forest 3,149 cases, up from 185 (6.2%) with a rate of 1,136.9.
In Croydon, there were 4,158 cases, up from 324 (8.5%) with a rate of 1,075.2, Kensington et Chelsea 993 cases, up from 81 (8.9%) with a rate of 636, and Barking et Dagenham 3,341 cases, up from 282 (9.2%) with a rate of 1,569.2, Greenwich 3,099 cases, up from 272 (9.6%) with a rate of 1,076.3, Islington 1952 cases, up from 173 (9.7%) with a rate of 805.1, Lewisham 3,133 cases, up 297 (10.5%) with a rate of 1,024.4, Lambeth 2,980 cases, up from 291 (10.8%) with a rate of 914, Hounslow 3,103 cases, up 308 (11%) with a rate of 1,142.8, Newham 4,966 cases, up from 492 (11%) with a rate of 1,406.3, Southwark 3,178 cases, up 449 (16.5%) with a rate of 996.8, Brent 3,538 cases, up from 579 (19.6%) with a rate of 1,072.9 and Ealing 3,617 cases, up from 720 (24.9%) with a rate of 1058.2.

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