London coronavirus cases by borough revealed as east London sees sharp drop in infections

Nicholas Cecil
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<p>People walk through Green Park during England’s third national lockdown</p> (PA)

People walk through Green Park during England’s third national lockdown

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London is increasingly turning the tide on Covid-19 with eight boroughs seeing drops of more than 1,000 in the number of weekly confirmed cases, official figures reveal today.

Many of the areas seeing the sharpest falls in confirmed cases are in the east of the city which has been particularly hard hit by the second wave.

Havering saw the biggest drop of 38.8 per cent, or 1,223 cases, in the week to January 13, followed by Bexley down 37.2 per cent or 1,101 cases, Bromley 37 per cent or 1,175 cases, and Redbridge 36.8 per cent or 1,563 cases.

In Enfield, the decline was 34.6 per cent or 1,424 cases, Barking and Dagenham 30.2 per cent or 1,015 cases, Tower Hamlets 29.4 per cent or 1,121 cases, and Newham 26.2 per cent or 1,314 cases.

All boroughs across the city are seeing the disease on the retreat.

However, the official figures also reveal the scale of the challenge facing the capital to bring the virus under control.

The number of coronavirus patients in the capital’s hospitals is rising towards 8,000, putting unprecedented pressure on the NHS.

Health and community leaders are appealing to the public to continue to follow the rules as medics battle to save so many lives and as vaccines are being rolled out to people aged 70 and over, care home staff and residents, frontline health and social care workers, and other particularly vulnerable individuals.

The figures show:

- Two boroughs still have a seven-day rate of more than 1,000 new cases per 100,000 people, Barking and Dagenham at 1,101 and Newham at 1,045.5.

- Twenty-three boroughs still have a seven-day rate of more than 700, with the capital’s overall rate at 765.1, though, down from a second wave peak of 1,117.9 on January 4

- The seven-day rate for Londoners aged up to 59 has plunged to 774.9, but for older people more vulnerable to coronavirus it has come down more slowly and was 714.9 on January 13.

- The number of Covid patients in London hospitals has risen to 7,917 as of January 18, with hospitals in other parts of the country on standby to take patients if there are no beds left in the capital.

- Medics are under unprecedented pressure as they seek to save an increasing number of coronavirus patients so ill that they are on ventilators, 1,220 as of January 18.

- Hospital admissions have fallen, and may have peaked, but are still running at 5,399 in the week to January 16, with 758 on that day.

- Covid jabs are being administered to hundreds of thousands of people across the UK a day, but the roll-out is not happening in some regions including London as fast as others.

The full figures show that in Havering there were 1928 cases in the week to January 13, down 1,223 (38.8%) with a seven-day rate of 742.8, Bexley 1860 cases, down 1,101 (37.2%) rate 749.1, Bromley 2003 cases, down 1,175 (37%) rate 602.7, Redbridge 2686 cases, down 1,563 (36.8%) rate 880, Enfield 2690 cases, down 1,424 (34.6%) rate 805.9, Kingston 879 cases, down 416 (32.1%) rate 495.2, Barking and Dagenham 2344 cases, down 1,015 (30.2%) rate 1,101, Islington 1381 cases, down 583 (29.7%) rate 569.6, Tower Hamlets 2696 cases, down 1,121 (29.4%) rate 830.2, Camden 1304 cases, down 485 (27.1%) rate 482.9, Richmond 795 cases, down 292 (26.9%) rate 401.5, Waltham Forest 2310 cases, down 849 (26.9%) rate 834, Newham 3692 cases, down 1,314 (26.2%) rate 1,045.5, Southwark 2397 cases, down 820 (25.5%) rate 751.8.

Haringey saw 2081 cases, down 711 (25.5%) with a rate of 774.6, Sutton 1513 cases, down 497 (24.7%) rate 733.2, Greenwich 2348 cases, down 764 (24.6%) rate 815.4, Lewisham 2395 cases, down 755 (24%) rate 783.1, Barnet 2955 cases, down 819 (21.7%) rate 746.5, Wandsworth 1974 cases, down 533 (21.3%) rate 598.8, Hillingdon 2437 cases, down 611 (20%) rate 794.1, Hackney and City of London 2112 cases, down 514 (-19.6%) rate 726.2, Hounslow 2550 cases, down 562 (18.1%) rate 939.1, Croydon 3431 cases, down 755 (18%) rate 887.2, Harrow 1911 cases, down 416 (17.9%) rate 760.9, Merton 1543 cases, down 313 (16.9%) rate 747, Hammersmith and Fulham 1143 cases, down 200 (14.9%) rate 617.4, Lambeth 2584 cases, down 438 (14.5%) rate 792.6, Westminster 1286 cases, down 210 (14%) rate 492.1, Kensington and Chelsea 865 cases, down 140 (13.9%) rate 554, Ealing 3263 cases, down 380 (10.4%) rate 954.6, and Brent 3210 cases, down 358 (10%) rate 973.4.

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