In the seven days leading up to October 14, the borough reported an increase in the number of new Covid-19 infections recorded, with 874 cases recorded during the week, up 207 or 31% from the figure of the previous week.
The data prompted authorities to issue a “stern” warning to residents to follow Covid security measures, as the district’s infection rate stood at 441.1 cases per 100,000 residents, more than any other district of the capital.
Richmond neighbors have also shown high rates of Covid-19 infections amid the surge in cases and rising deaths nationwide.
Kingston, for example, reported 718 new Covid infections during the period, up 125 or 21.1% from the previous figure, with an infection rate of 400.8.
⚠️ The number of cases is increasing ️
Heard from @Gareth_Roberts_ in its weekly update. The highest proportion of cases are those aged 10 to 19. We hope to share information regarding drop-in vaccination centers which will be available during mid-session very soon. #KeepRichmondSafe pic.twitter.com/zUgz6k4CRf
– Richmond Council (@LBRUT) October 15, 2021
And in Hounslow, coronavirus infections jumped to 1,193, up 248 or 26.2% for an equally high infection rate of 439.0.
Richmond council issued the following statement on Tuesday October 19 amid the worsening situation:
“Currently, the highest proportion of positive COVID-19 cases in Richmond can be seen in the younger population (11-16 years old), many have yet to be vaccinated. Most of the cases are linked to epidemics in schools and educational institutions.
“The result of this increase is a learning disruption for the growing number of young people who test positive and who cannot physically be in school,” a council spokesperson said, calling for immunization children aged 12 to 15.
Council chief Gareth Roberts added:
“I think the country has become a little complacent in the last few months. And with nearly all of the restrictions now gone, schools have returned and the vaccination program continues, some might say we have confined COVID-19 to history. In Brief, this is false. COVID-19 is still here. He’s still deadly. And it can still wreak havoc on our economy, our children’s education and our long-term health. We must not be complacent. “
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