The latest figures for the week ending Oct. 19 show Islington had a weekly incidence rate of 213 per 100,000 Covid cases. That’s up from the previous week of 189 per 100,000.
Hackney and the city saw fewer cases, 188 per 100,000, compared to 164 the week before. The rates in the two districts are considerably lower than the national rate of 485 per 100,000 inhabitants.
Hackney has the second lowest incidence rate in London and Islington the seventh.
And if cases start to increase, they have been declining for a few months after a peak in cases in July.
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Covid deaths in both boroughs remain low, with zero Covid deaths recorded in Hackney last week and one reported in Islington the week before.
All-cause deaths remain below the five-year average in Hackney and Islington.
The national chart, however, shows a sharp increase in the number of cases, from a seven-day average of over 33,000 for the week ending October 6 to over 47,000 for the week ending October 23.
Over the past two days, there has been a small drop in cases.
Deaths in the country remain low with 38 recorded on October 25.
Dr Sandra Husbands, director of public health at Hackney, said: ‘We cannot say for sure whether or not cases will increase further or not, but infection rates are increasing across the country and it seems likely that they will also increase locally, and that is what we are preparing for. “
“We continue to advise local people and businesses to continue with as many Covid measures as possible, so that hopefully we can avoid Plan B altogether.”
Health groups such as the NHS Confederation and the British Medical Association criticized the government for not immediately implementing Plan B, which would see additional measures and stricter Covid restrictions put in place.
Boris Johnson announced last week that if the NHS comes under “unbearable pressure” Plan B will be implemented.
The government’s plan A is to encourage the use of the Covid booster and flu shots.
Dr Husbands added, “Everyone has the power to help keep themselves and their community safe, and to get back to normal more quickly by doing three simple things.
“First by getting the Covid-19 vaccine, second by getting tested regularly using a lateral flow test twice a week, and third by continuing to take the necessary precautions and remembering: hands , face, space, fresh air. “
“Cases are increasing, but the majority of people hospitalized seriously ill with Covid-19 are not vaccinated. Our best and only defense against the virus, and to protect the NHS from being overwhelmed, is to make sure we have our Covid-19 vaccine, including the booster for those who are eligible.
“The vaccine is safe and effective and I have had all of mine. Don’t delay, be sure to book your vaccination appointment as soon as possible and help keep Hackney safe.
Recent data shows that in North East London around 90% of people in intensive care due to Covid-19 have not been fully vaccinated and across the country almost all (99.5 pc) have died due to Covid were unvaccinated people.
Dr Jagan John, general practitioner and chairman of the North East London Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which works on immunizations in Hackney and other boroughs, says winter is always a tough time for the NHS.
The doctor added, “We want to help our residents stay healthy by getting vaccinated as there could be a major flu wave this winter, coinciding with the increase in Covid-19 cases.
“This is due to a combination of colder weather, more indoor socialization, and lower immunity expected because, due to lockdown restrictions, fewer people got the flu last year. If you have the flu and Covid-19 at the same time, research shows you are more likely to be seriously ill.
“Covid has not disappeared and for the first time we will have Covid-19 and the flu circulating together. They both spread easily, cause hospitalization, and both can be fatal. It is really important that people get vaccinated as soon as possible.
“Also, if you haven’t received your first vaccine against Covid-19, now is the time. “
Islington’s board has yet to respond to comments.