Richmond upon Thames has the highest Covid infection rate in London, according to NHS figures released on Thursday.
The leafy area of south-west London has seen an upsurge in infections over the past fifteen weeks – despite being one of the most vaccinated areas in the capital.
During the seven days leading up to November 27, the district’s infection rate was 655.1 per 100,000 inhabitants. It marks a 16% increase from the previous week.
The borough of Sutton is not far behind, with a case rate of 529.6 per 100,000 – a sharp increase of 28%.
Kingston upon Thames has the third highest infection rate in London with 507.4 cases per 100,000. This is a 17 percent increase in one week.
Wandsworth, with 492.2 infections per 100,000, is in fourth place while nearby Merton at 478.1 rounds out the top five.
However, inner-city London neighborhoods have some of the lowest infection rates in the country – despite being consistently the epicenter of the virus in the previous three waves.
Newham has a case rate of 240.7 infections per 100,000, while Westminster’s stands at 269.4
Camden and Tower Hamlets both have infection rates of 269.8 and 279.2 cases per 100,000 respectively.
This despite the fact that several London boroughs have one of the lowest vaccine coverage in the UK.
Only 45.2% of residents aged 12 and over in Beckton Park, a neighborhood in Newham, have been struck twice, compared to 75.3% in Twickenham North, which is in the borough of Richmond.
The capital still lags behind other parts of the UK when it comes to vaccination. Just over 60.8% of Londoners are completely trapped, compared to 80.6% in Devon and 82.4% in East Yorkshire.
High levels of vaccination help suppress transmission of the virus.
A study by Dutch researchers from the country’s Center for Infectious Disease Control, published in October, found that vaccinated people infected with the delta variant are 63% less likely to infect people who are not injected.
Meanwhile, Covid cases have increased nationwide, with the country recording more than 50,000 cases as of Friday. The daily death toll remains relatively high but lower than a month ago, with the seven-day average standing at 122 as of November 28 – a decrease from 146 on November 14.