Covid spreads rapidly in families in London boroughs – .

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Covid spreads rapidly in families in London boroughs – .


Covid-19 is spreading among families in a series of London boroughs, an Evening Standard analysis reveals.

It has shown high rates of infections in children between the ages of five and 14.

Case rates were also noticeably high among parents of school-aged children, especially those in their early 40s.
The capital’s health chiefs are urging parents and other adults to get their Covid booster, and for unvaccinated people to have their first and second vaccines.
Some of the highest infection levels were found in the outskirts of London, many of which are wealthy areas with many families and fewer young adults compared to some more central areas.
The seven-day infection rate for the capital was 405 new confirmed cases per 100,000 population in the week to November 30. The seven-day rate on November 23 was 338 cases per 100,000.
The rate was highest among 10 to 14 year olds (953), followed by 5 to 9 year olds (738), then 40 to 44 year olds (575).
The rate for the 45 to 49 age group, at 513, was almost as high as that for teens 15 to 19 (521), and higher than adults in their 30s.
The detailed figures showed:
  • Richmond’s seven-day infection rate in the week to Nov. 30 was 669 cases per 100,000 population, the highest in the capital. For children aged 10 to 14, the seven-day rate in the West End of London was 1,924 per 100,000 young people in that age group, and 1,602 for children aged five to nine. Among adults aged 40 to 44, it was 878, and for those aged 45 to 49, it was 834.
  • In Sutton, the seven-day rate was 596, for children 10 to 14 (1476), five to nine (1513), adults 40 to 44 (817), 35 to 39 (653).
  • In Kingston, the seven-day rate was 541, for children aged 10 to 14 (1326), five to nine (1345), 40 to 44 (805), and 45 to 49 (832).
  • In Bromley, the seven-day rate was 508, for children aged 10 to 14 (1579), five to nine (1162), 40 to 44 (674), and 45 to 49 (709).
  • In Merton, the seven-day rate was 501, for children 10-14 (1674), five to nine (1123), 40-44 (762).
  • In Wandsworth, the seven-day rate was 498, for children 10-14 (1182), five to nine (1231), 40-44 (799).
  • In Hammersmith and Fulham, the seven-day rate was 489, for children 10 to 14 (1118) five to nine (1081) 40 to 44 (674), 35 to 39 (531).
  • In Havering. the seven-day rate was 472, for children 10-14 (1635), five to nine (701), 40-44 (762).
  • In Bexley, the seven-day rate was 471, for children aged 10 to 14 (1345), five to nine (883), 40 to 44 (733), and 45 to 49 (739).
  • In Kensington and Chelsea, the seven-day rate was 442, for children ten to 14 (1,019), five to nine (1057), 40 to 44 (632), and 45 to 49 (472) .
  • In Barnet, the seven-day rate was 413, for children ages ten to 14 (868), five to nine (1,011), 40 to 44 (649), and 45 to 49 (513).
  • In Croydon, the seven-day rate was 412, for children ages ten to 14 (1019), five to nine (767), 40 to 44 (541), and 45 to 49 (518).
  • In Redbridge, the seven-day rate was 388, for children ages 10 to 14 (1058), five to nine (603), 40 to 44 (485), and 35 to 39 (439).
The average age of mothers in England and Wales was 30.7 years last year, and for fathers it was around three years older.
Ministers are stepping up the booster vaccination program, but face criticism that it is not happening faster.

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