London Covid cases by borough revealed as infection rate plummets in over-60s

Nicholas Cecil
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Covid-19 cases have plummeted to just one confirmed new infection a week per 10,000 Londoners aged 60 and over, official figures reveal today.

The fall is a clear sign of the vaccine roll-out’s success and is crucial as individuals in this age group were far more likely to get severe disease if they contracted coronavirus.

The majority of these Londoners have now been vaccinated and their seven-day Covid-19 rate has dropped to 9.6 confirmed infections per 100,000 in the week to April 29, or just under one per 10,000.

For the whole city, it means there were 142 confirmed cases in the 60 plus age category in that week.

The rate for people in the city aged 59 and younger is more than double at 22.1 per 100,000, or 1,655 cases.

The seven-day rates for the end of April may still rise slightly as more cases are confirmed and could also increase more substantially as the easing of restrictions continues.

Professor Kevin Fenton, London director for Public Health England, said: “Case rates in the over 60s have been stable or decreasing in our boroughs recent weeks, in a similar pattern to other age groups in London.

“However, we know how quickly cases can rise unchecked so it remains important we continue with a careful and considered easing of the restrictions to ensure we do not see a surge.

“Although the vaccine is not 100 per cent effective, it remains our best protection against severe disease and death from Covid-19. Not every person over 60 in London has had the jab so a sharp increase in cases could still pose a danger.

He added: “In many ways we are most vulnerable when we become complacent about the threat, which is why it is important we continue to follow the rules in place.”

The official figures also show:

* Eighteen boroughs had a seven-day rate below 20 in the week to April 29, with the lowest Havering on 12.3, followed by Lewisham on 12.4 and Bexley on 12.5.

* Eleven boroughs had a rate between 20 and 30.

* Three boroughs had a rate above 30, with the highest Harrow on 35.8.

* The seven-day rate in London was 20.1, down 21.1 per cent on the previous week.

* The biggest weekly fall in Covid-19 cases was in Camden, down 41.7 per cent, followed by Barnet 39.4 per cent, Wandsworth 37.3 per cent and Southwark 35.7 per cent.

* Four boroughs saw weekly rises, with the largest in Bromley, of 29.7 per cent, though from a low base.

* A further 216 cases were announced for London yesterday.

An additional 9,281 first dose vaccines were announced yesterday to have been administered in the city, taking the total so far to 3,631,357.

A further 9,311 second dose innoculations were announced yesterday to have been administered in the capital, taking the total so far to 1,550,275.

The detailed figures for London show:

* Camden saw 35 cases in the week to April 29, down 25 (41.7%) with a seven-day rate of 13

* Barnet 57 cases, down 37 (39.4%) rate 14.4

* Wandsworth 64 cases, down 38 (37.3%) rate 19.4

* Southwark 45 cases, down 25 (35.7%) rate 14.1

* Havering 32 cases, down 17 (34.7%) rate 12.3

* Bexley 31 cases, down 15 (32.6%) rate 12.5

* Waltham Forest 40 cases, down 19 (32.2%) rate 14.4

* Brent 94 cases, down 42 (30.9%) rate 28.5

* Enfield 46 cases, down 20 (30.3%) rate 13.8

* Hammersmith and Fulham 46 cases, down 19 (29.2%) rate 24.8

* Hackney and City of London 47 cases, down 19 (28.8%) rate 16.2

* Hillingdon 85 cases, down 34 (28.6%) rate 27.7

* Lewisham 38 cases, down 15 (28.3%) rate 12.4

* Tower Hamlets 74 cases, down 26 (26%) rate 22.8

* Redbridge 66 cases, down 22 (25%) rate 21.6

* Barking and Dagenham 48 cases, down 16 (25%) rate 22.5

* Lambeth 51 cases, down 16 (23.9%) rate 15.6

* Merton 44 cases, down 13 (22.8%) rate 21.3

* Kingston 32 cases, down 8 (20%) rate 18

* Hounslow 92 cases, down 23 (20%) rate 33.9

* Croydon 61 cases, down 12 (16.4%) rate 15.8

* Newham 88 cases, down 17 (16.2%) rate 24.9

* Greenwich 47 cases, down 9 (16.1%) rate 16.3

* Westminster 72 cases, down 13 (15.3%) rate 27.6

* Kensington and Chelsea 46 cases, down 6 (11.5%) rate 29.5

* Ealing 117 cases, down 7 (5.6%) rate 34.2

* Sutton 40 cases, down 1 (2.4%) rate 19.4

* Haringey 41 no change, rate 15.3

* Harrow 90 cases, up 6 (7.1%) rate 35.8

* Richmond 44 cases, up 7 (18.9%) rate 22.2

* Islington 36 cases, up 8 (28.6%) rate 14.8

* Bromley 48 cases, up 11 (29.7%) rate 14.4

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