London Covid cases top 2 million since pandemic began

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More than two million Londoners have tested positive for Covid in just under two years, official figures have revealed.

They show that 2,003,245 people have been recorded for the capital as having had the virus, according to the official statistics which date back to February 11, 2020.

This equates to between one in four and one in five Londoners testing positive out of a population of some nine million.

The real figure is significantly higher, partly as so many people have the disease asymptomatically.

As many as one in 15 people in London are estimated to have had Covid in the week before Christmas, according to a study led by the Office for National Statistics.

The capital, and the wider country, are in a race to get more people boosted, and have their earlier jabs, to counter Covid, with cases having rocketed during the Omicron wave.

Latest figures showed 6,329,323 first doses have been administered in the capital, 5,748,193 second innoculations, and 3,759,684 boosters or third doses for individuals vulnerable to the virus.

A further 16,493 Covid cases were announced for the capital on Sunday, the lowest for nearly a month, further evidence that the Omicron wave may have peaked in the city, though figures are often lower at weekends.

Health chiefs are urging Londoners to keep following the Plan B restrictions to put further downward pressure on the virus.

Cases are expected to be pushed up by the return to schools but may not reach what is thought to be the peak so far at the end of December.

Confirmed Covid cases are allocated to the person’s area of residence for the Government’s official records.

Public heath chiefs updated from November 16 2020 the way the location of people who test positive or negative for Covid-19 in England was officially recorded.

It now prioritises addresses given at the point of testing over the details registered on a patient’s record in the NHS Digital Patient Demographic Service.

Previously, a number of students whose home addresses were in London, and who were registered with GPs in the capital, were being recorded as Covid cases for the city after testing positive at universities in other parts of the country.

This phenomeon particularly affected boroughs, such as Richmond, where a large proportion of young people go to university.

Some of the two million postive Covid cases recorded for London will also be people who gave an address in the capital for their Covid test but do not necessarily normally live in the city.

The figures do not include reinfections.

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